From their origins in the sweaty back-street punk clubs of the Boston hardcore scene, the Lemonheads and their photogenic singer/guitarist Evan Dando (Evan Griffith Dando, 4 March 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) came full circle to feature on the cover of teen-pop magazines such as Smash Hits. The band first formed as the Whelps in 1985, with Jesse Peretz on bass and Dando and Ben Deily sharing guitar and drum duties. Enthused by DJ Curtis W. Casellas radio show, they pestered him into releasing their debut EP, Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners, in a pressing of 1, 000 copies, on his newly activated Taang! label. It featured a cover version of Proud Scums I Am A Rabbit, an obscure New Zealand punk disc often aired by the DJ. By January 1987, Dando had recruited the bands first regular drummer, Doug Trachten, but he stayed permanent only for their debut album, Hate Your Friends, allegedly pressed in over 70 different versions by...
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