Lit Biography

This US alternative rock band was formed in Orange County, California, USA by A. Jay Popoff (19 September 1973, Palm Springs, California, USA; vocals), his brother Jeremy (b. 11 September 1971, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Allen Shellenberger (b. 15 September 1970, Long Beach, California, USA; drums), and Kevin Baldes (b. 14 February 1972, Anaheim, California, USA; bass). The members all attended the same high school in Anaheim, and first started playing music together in 1990 as the heavy metal-orientated Razzle. Building up a strong local following they changed their name briefly to Stain before adopting a new moniker and a retro dress code that reflected their own personal preferences.

The quartet made their recording debut as Lit in 1996 with the Five Smokin’ Tracks From … Lit EP, released on the independent Malicious Vinyl label. Their excellent debut album dynamically fused alternative rock and power pop styles to great effect, and was successful enough on the all important college charts to earn the band a contract with RCA Records. The more radio-friendly A Place In The Sun was propelled into the US charts on the back of the radio hit, ‘My Own Worst Enemy’. The album also included ‘Down’, a paean to the Popoff brothers’ Cadillacs. Eventually racking up sales of over 1 million units, the album’s success dwarfed that of its disappointing follow-up Atomic. The band subsequently asked to be released from their contract with RCA, and after a three-year hiatus returned in 2004 with a solid new studio album.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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