Lit (band)


Lit (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Lit



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Origin = Orange County, California, USA
Genre = Alternative rock Post-grunge Pop punk Punk rock Skate punk
Years_active = 1990 – present
Label = RCA Records (1998-2002)
DRT Entertainment (2003-2005)
Currently unsigned
URL = [http://www.litlounge.com/ Official site]
Current_members = A. Jay Popoff Jeremy Popoff Kevin Baldes Allen Shellenberger
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Lit is a pop punk band, based in Fullerton, California. They had several hits singles in the late 1990s and early 2000s including My Own Worst Enemy, Ziplock, Miserable, Over My Head, Lipstick and Bruises, Addicted, Looks Like They Were Right, and Times Like This .

History

The band was formed in 1990 as a metal-oriented band, under the name "Razzle", and gained a large following. A few years later, the group changed its name to "Stain", but due to another band owning the name, it changed its name to "Lit" in 1996. The group shot to stardom with the platinum album "A Place in the Sun" in 1999. "A Place In The Sun" yielded the smash single "My Own Worst Enemy," which held the number one position for three months, and received a Billboard Music Award for the biggest Modern Rock Song of 1999. It was followed by "Zip-Lock" (which featured blink 182) and "Miserable", the latter of which was among the top ten most played songs of 2000 and famously featured Pamela Anderson in the video. The band performed over 286 shows and toured worldwide in support of "A Place in the Sun". In addition to the Vans Warped Tour and a coveted slot on Woodstock 1999, the band toured with The Offspring, Garbage, and No Doubt.

Lit followed up "A Place in the Sun" with the 2001 release of "Atomic" which gave the band another Top 10 hit with "Lipstick And Bruises", the album wasn't as successful as "A Place In The Sun". Lit toured to support "Atomic" with Kid Rock, and Butch Walker. The group asked to be released from their contract with RCA Records shortly after the release of "Atomic" due to RCA firing Lit's RCA label represenitive the day of "Atomic's" release. Lit went on a small, intimate club tour that Fall before releasing the self-titled "Lit" on the DRT Entertainment label on June 24, 2004. The single "Looks Like They Were Right" made it on the top 40 charts but the album was again largely unsuccessful due to lack of promotion on the label's behalf. That year the group also put out its first long-form DVD called "All Access" on November 16, 2004.

In March 2006, "The Slidebar" restaurant/bar opened in Fullerton, California, of which the band are co-owners.

It was announced on May 5, 2008, that Lit's drummer Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He is currently undergoing treatment. His cancer was identified as malignant glioma, the same type that is affecting Senator Edward M. Kennedy. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_pwwi/is_200805/ai_n25443763 Allen Shellenberger, Drummer for Platinum Rock Band Lit, Diagnosed With Malignant Brain Tumor | Market Wire | Find Articles at BNET ] ]

On July 26, 2008, Lit held a benefit for Allen at House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. A number of bands performed including Sugar Ray and Handsome Devil. No Doubt drummer Adrian Young filled in for Allen on the drums for a few songs. Allen and Adrian also played at the same time for a few songs as well. The show was a great success.

On August 14, 2008, A. Jay and Allen were featured on DJ Rossstar's online show, there the band revealed they were working on "a few new ones." Although the band has not announced anything in regards to a new album release any time soon, they are working on re-releasing an updated version of their self-titled album in the near future, which A. Jay plans on releasing an exclusive Lit t-shirt off his brand new clothing line around the time of its release.

Discography

* "Five Smokin' Tracks from Lit" (1996)
* "Tripping the Light Fantastic" (1997)
* "A Place in the Sun" (1999) Platinum
* "Atomic" (2001)
* "Platinum & Gold Collection" (Best of 1999-2001) (2004)
* "Lit" (2004)

Singles

Music videos

*"My World" - 1996
*"Bitter" - 1997
*"My Own Worst Enemy" - 1999
*"Zip-Lock" - 1999 (features blink-182 and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister)
*"Miserable" - 2000 (features Pamela Anderson)
*"Over My Head" - 2000
*"Four" - 2000
*"Best Is Yet To Come Undone" - 2000
*"Lipstick And Bruises" - 2001
*"Something To Someone" - 2002
*"Live For This" - 2003
*"Looks Like They Were Right" - 2004
*"Too Fast For A U-Turn" - 2004
*"Needle & Thread" - 2006

DVDs

* "All Access" - 2004

Soundtrack appearances

* "Ready To Rumble" (2000) featuring "My Own Worst Enemy"
* "The Replacements" (2000) featuring "Zip-Lock"
* "Titan A.E." (2000) featuring "Over My Head"
* "American Pie 2" (2001) featuring "The Last Time Again" and "A Place in the Sun"
* "Out Cold" (2001) featuring "Lipstick and Bruises"
* "Orange County" (2002) featuring "Everything's Cool"
* "Clockstoppers" (2002) featuring "Quicksand"
* "Triple Play 2002" (2002) featuring "I Wanna Rock"
* "Mr. Deeds" (2002) featuring "Happy in the Meantime (remix)"
* "Crossroads" (2002) featuring "Lipstick and Bruises"
* "Rock Band 2" (2008) featuring "My Own Worst Enemy"

Touring partners

* Silverchair (1999)
* Eve 6 (1999)
* The Offspring (1999)
* Garbage (1999)
* Save Ferris (2000)
* No Doubt (2000)
* Handsome Devil (2001) (2002)
* Kid Rock (2002)
* Butch Walker (2002)
* The Matches (2003) (2004)
* American Hi-Fi (2003)

References

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/litlounge Lit at MySpace.com - Official Site]
* [http://www.youtube.com/LitTV LitTV at YouTube.com]
* [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lit/34777348944 Lit's offical Facebook profile]
* [http://www.myspace.com/TheSlidebar The Slidebar at MySpace.com]
* [http://www.pokerpages.com/articles/archives/chris-line03.htm Interview with Jeremy Popoff]
* [http://brianx.com/people/allen-shellenberger-lit.html Interview with Allen Shellenberger]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=24E2DA6FC8264363 Live Videos of Lit playing a special hometown reunion show 2008] Live at Spare The Air Festival @ Fullerton, CA August 30th, 2008 by PUNKVIDEOSROCK


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