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Schellenbach and Luscious bandmates relish perfoning

By Gautam Baksi
Daily Arts Writer
Sitting in a small, poorly heated
Holiday Inn hotel room in central Ohio,
Kate Schellenbach recovered from a
cold and talked about life on the road.
"It sucks to not play! Right now I'd like
to be on-stage performing." With two
days' rest before a show in Ypsilanti,
Schellenbach took time off her Yahoo!
Outloud tour with alt-rock radio work-
horses Smashmouth to talk about
Lillith Fair, Lollapalooza and drum-

ming in her band, Luscious Jackson.
Beginning with her early days as
drummer for the Beastie Boys,
Schellenbach has had the opportunity
to tour with dozens of national bands
and meet the industry's most prominent
rock stars. Through it, she and her fel-
low Luscious Jackson band mates, Jill
Cunnif (vocals, bass) and Gabby
Glaser (vocals, guitar), have stayed
together tightly for ten years. Never
straying far from their punk-rock roots,
Luscious Jackson has received a con-
sistent level of modest success

throughout their tenure. "But it takes
work to keep band going," she told the
Daily. "[We've] all worked very hard
... there's no doubt the industry as a
whole is hard and takes a toll."
Popularity for the band has come
from various sources. After a solid set
on the second stage at Lollapalooza in
1994, Schellenbach said she compared

Ei.Retro Recordings
Even as a
Bruce rules
By Jeff Druchniak
Weekend, Etc.Editor
Bruce Springsteen didn't have his
greatest commercial success with
"Nebraska." Let's be frank: Almost
nobody bought it. But with this album
(which the uninitiated might mistake for
a demo) the man from Asbury Park,
N.J., sealed his reputation as a ground-

other tours to
"Lollapalooza was
there were some
crazy people out
there!" In con-
trast, Luscious'
performances at
Lillith Fair were
easy and laid-
back. "Sarah
(McLachlan) did
a really great job.
Behind the
scenes she was
very profession-
al. It had to be the
ultimate tour to
be on."

that concert.
a great show -
EMU Event Center
Tonight at 10 p m

the polished sound

breaking rock
poet who was no
more willing to
compromise his
musical indepen-
dence than his
social agenda.
In contrast to
of such rock hits

Courtesy of Warner Brothers
Apparently Don Johnson finds Kevin Costner just as irresistible a hunk of
meat as every last middle-aged woman in America.
Threcat emerges
to DJ'Smachismo

Courtesy of interscope Records
Another veteran of soundtracks, Smashmouth headlines Luscious Jackson's gig tonight.

Between these huge national tours,
Luscious vacillated between small,
intimate clubs and large, sold-out are-
nas. "We've always matured ... The
show is better, bigger and more excit-
ing," explained Schellenbach,
acknowledging the fact that Luscious
Jackson is still without a headlining
tour to their credit. However, after play-
ing numerous smaller venues,
Schellenbach is quick to praise St.
Andrew's Hall in Detroit. As a point of
interest, she adds, "The House of Blues
theaters are really well done from an
artist's perspective."
In 1995, Luscious entered the arenas
with R.E.M. on their huge "Monster"
tour. Inspired by a strong reception
from the audience, the band returned to
the studio the following year to work
on their "Fever In Fever Out" CD with
famed producer Daniel Lanois (U2's
"The Joshua Tree").
The CD was a success and their
break came that year when the single
"Naked Eye" became a Top 40 hit.
Although Luscious Jackson didn't

Back to their original three-woman lineup, Luscious Jacksoni

become a household name, the album
did greatly increase their fan base.
After two years, Vivian Trimble, the
fourth Luscious member, left the band
claiming she was "sick of always tour-
ing." Left with the original trio,
Luscious continued musically and
released "Electric Honey" in June
1999. The Yahoo! Outloud tour is large-
ly in promotion of that album, while
also highlighting songs from their pre-
vious releases.
When not on the road, Luscious
Jackson has been dubbed by critics as a
soundtrack band. In defense,
Schellenbach explains the advantages
of releasing songs on soundtrack com-
pilations and TV shows: "When you
record an album, a lot of songs are left
over. If you're not having songs on
radio, soundtracks are another great
way to get your sound out." Among
many such releases, Schellenbach

Courtesy of Grand Royal Records
marches on.

seems especially pleased with "Here,"
from the 1995 comedy "Clueless."
On their latest Yahoo.com-sponsored
tour, Schellenbach expressed astonish-
ment at the staggering number of
youths in attendance: "It's surprising to
look out into the front row and see a
teenage girl!" Credit for bringing in the
younger audiences goes to Yahoo. As
part of sponsorship for the tour, Yahoo
pays for all publicity and promotion
associated with the show in return for
their name on the tour docket. "It's a
good deal. Each show is taken care of;
Yahoo takes care of lights, production
and such."
On a related note, Schellenbach
seems unfazed about the recent
increasing trends in illegal MP3's and
Internet music piracy. "We're actually
hoping the Internet stuff will shake up
the music industry and therefore the
artists will make more money."
Elaborating, Schellenbach explains
how Luscious Jackson "doesn't get a
penny unless we sell a million albums."
Growing up through the Seventies and
Eighties, Schellenbach still favors LP's
and tapes over newer, digital media. "It
was fun looking at the liner notes and
pictures. That's gonna differentiate us
from the next generation."
As younger fans learn to appreciate
the raw sounds of Luscious Jackson,
Schellenbach and friends seem lack-
adaisical about their rock 'n' roll
lifestyle. Instead, they try to focus on
the music. "The three of us have want-
ed to be in a band all of our lives," she
says, while explaining why a live per-
formance is one of the most powerful
experiences of a lifetime. Though
shows may be great for fans in atten-
dance, have the constant rigors of per-
forming onstage taken their toll? Not at
all, quips Schellenbach. In fact, "this
tour has too many days off.".
Call 734-487-1849 for more infori-
mation about tonight's Yahoo! Outloud
show at EMU in Ypsilanti, featuring
Luscious Jackson and Smashnouth.



Each selection is a full-fledged story
song bursting with a genius for detail
that even surpasses Bob Dylan, one of
the clearest inspirations for "Nebraska."
With settings in small towns from
Michigan to Wyoming (and, of course,
New Jersey), Springsteen chronicles the
hardworking, long-suffering men and
women of the nation's working class -
their basic decency, and the terrible
depths to which their betrayed
American dreams can drive them.
Some of these songs make you want
to shake your booty, scream in righteous
anger or do both (like the rockabilly
ahout-out "Johnny 99"), but they all
incite the hypnotic desire to sing along.
The Boss offers his shatteringly phrased
thesis statement in the bluesy grind
"Atlantic City" - "Down here it's just
winners and losers / And don't get
caught on the wrong side of that line."
"Nebraska" may have made Bruce's
record label tear their hair out in baffle-
ment, but give it an hour or two of your
undivided attention and it'll emblazon
images and moments in your listening
memory forever.

from his early career as "Born to Run"
and "Hungry Heart," Springsteen made
a shocking departure with the ten songs
on "Nebraska." The Boss recorded them
all in his Jersey bedroom with nothing
but his voice, his guitar, a harmonica
and a 4-track Teac tape recorder.
But nobody could mistake Bruce for
just another singer and guitarist, and
even a session hack without a tenth of
Springsteen's grit and expressiveness
couldn't undermine the stark beauty of
the sonrwritine on this alium.

0 Poor Don Johnson. The hunky but
aging star of "Nash Bridges" has been
caught up in a humiliating gay porn
flap. That's right, Don Johnson is fend-
ing off allegations of a secret life as a
true man's man. As reported by The
Globe, Mr. Johnson (snicker, snicker)
entered a porn shop in California in
January and was photographed buying
some hardcore, albeit hetero, porno
movies. A subsequent investigation led
to the discovery of a Nov. 1998 pur-
chase of some gay porn.
Hold on, it gets worse. Aside from
purchasing videos such as "Cop
Daddies' Playtime" and "Asian Studs"
he also purchased some rubber sex toys
and lubricants. The total bill: $664.17.
Johnson's staff alibied for his subse-
quent solo check-in to a motel room
was to drop off the merchandise for a
future bachelor party. Johnson is happi-
ly married with two daughters, and his
agents have no further comment at this
time (surprise, surprise). Aren't other
people's private lives fun?
w Wanna be the next Anakin
Skywalker? Well, you're in luck. It
seems George Lucas still hasn't settled
on the older Anakin for "Star Wars:
Episode II," set to film soon. Many,
many actors, 300 total in all, have been
considered (and apparently rejected so
far) in the search for young Darth.
From hot young Hollywood stars like
Leo "I Don't Need a Last Name
Anymore" or Ryan Philippe to
Midwestern stockbrokers (a buddy of
Ray "Darth Maul" Park), Lucas' search
has no bounds. Who knows, send him a
headshot and you might become the
next "Dark Father," but it would help if
you're under 35.
A It seems the hit show "Who Wants
to Marry a Millionaire?" is canned for
good. First of all, some background
checks on leading man Rick Rockwell
(not a porn star, despite the name)
revealed he had a restraining order
against him filed by his ex-fiance. She
accused him of verbal abuse and threat-
ening her. Rockwell denied the charges,
but it appears he lied about a zillion
things before starring in "Marry a

Millionaire," such as where he worked
and who he worked with. Furthermore,
the couple has returned from their hon-
eymoon and are already living apart in
separate houses and considering annul-
ment of their allegedly unconsummated
marriage. Talk about romantic. Fox felt
these were reasons enough to cancel the
show for good. At this rate, look for
their next show, "Who Wants to Violate
Regis Philbin," this May.
e On a related note, if you want a
good laugh, visit wwwmarrvtom.coin.
Twice-divorced Tom Arnold. possibly
not the greatest actor who ever lived, is
offering himself as a husband to anyone
with an Internet connection. Required
traits include "willing to have kids" and
"self-confident enough to wear a
bathing suit." Under his potential pas-
times section, he says, "Occasionally,
we will make love." He also seems very
interested in prospects' Internet con-
nection, especially connection speeds
and quality. Wow, he's romantic AND
0 Well-brought-up wallflowers too
embarrassed to buy real porn will soon
get their fix when the annual Sports
Illustrated swimsuit issue debuts. Cover
girl Daniela Pestova wears nothing
more than beads and a shiny bikini bot-
tom. There are also pictures in 3-D,
which can be viewed with oh-so-retro
blue and red glasses which come with
the magazine. Cyber-horndogs can also
log on to www cnnsi.com and see virtu-
al 360-degree pictures of the photo
shoots. Ain't technology great?
0 I used to have a special place for
those studly Backstreet Boys, but alas,
my tender heart is broken. Two of them
announced they're getting married. No,
not to each other. Kevin Richardson
and Brian Litrell announced their sepa-
rate engagements on MTV, shattering
the deluded wedding fantasies and
first-kiss dreams of pre-pubescent girls
around the world.
- Compiled by Daily Arts Writer
David Victor Page 6 (www page6.com)
and Entertainment Weekly Online
(wwwewonline.com) contributed to
the report.

Top 10 Pop Albi
(The nation's best-selling albums
1. Carlos Santana, "Supe
2. Dr. Dre, "2001"
3. Celine Dion, "All the V
4. D'Angelo, "Voodoo"
5. Christina Aguilera, "CI
6. Eiffel 65, "Europop"
7. Ghostface Killah, "Su
8. DMX, "... And Then Th
9. Kid Rock, "Devil With
10. Sisqo, "Unleash the I
Top 10 Books
(The week's best-selling hardcov
1. "The Brethren," John (
2. "Gap Creek," Robert n
3. "The Lion's Game," Ne
4. "Sick Puppy," Carl Hia
5. "False Memory," Dear
6. "Timeline," Michael C
7. "Atlantis Found," Cliv
8. "A Walk to Remember
9. "The Attorney," Steve
10. "Secret Honor," W.E.
Top 10 Movies
(Who released them and how n
1. "Hanging Up," Columbia
2. "The Whole Nine Yards,'
3. "Snow Day," Paramou
4. "Pitch Black," USA Film
5. "Scream 3," Miramax, $
6. "The Tigger Movie," D
7. "The Beach," Fox, $7.0
8. "Boiler Room," New Lin
9. "American Beauty," Dre
10. "The Green Mile," Wame
... Oh, the wacky things
."These are the guys
and I'm telling you,
these guys carved t
a thrill!"
-David Letterm
"I'm not saying thi
you can get caught
Just offered me $5
-Giovanni Ribi
"It seems to me tha
more chance of wi
that's the best that :
-Aimee "Magn
"This is no joke. I r
this would be a grea
-Tom Arnold, v
"Gary Bauer annou
and endorsing John
rumors that he had t
-Jon Stewart, o
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