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London, United Kingdom (1992 – 2001)

Elastica were a Britpop band formed in London, England in 1992 and made up of: Justine Frischmann (vocals and guitar), Donna Matthews (guitar and vocals), Annie Holland (bass), and Justin Welch (drums). Later members included Shelia Chipperfield (bass), Dave Bush (keyboards), Paul Jones (guitar), and Sharon Mew (keyboards and vocals).

Their first single was 1993’s “Stutter”, which was a word-of-mouth hit largely due to the promotional efforts of Radio 1 DJ and Deceptive Records label boss Steve Lamacq. In spite of a period of relative quiet, Elastica’s fame grew throughout 1994 as Frischmann’s relationship with Blur’s Damon Albarn made tabloid headlines. Elastica’s first LP, Elastica, entered the charts at #1.

Further UK chart hit singles followed: “Connection” and “Waking Up”. In 1995 there was a lawsuit from Wire claiming that many of the band’s melodies were taken from Wire compositions. Notably, Wire’s “I Am the Fly” has a chorus similar to Elastica’s “Line Up”, and the intro of “Connection” is nearly identical to Wire’s “Three Girl Rhumba”. Indeed the band had originally intended to sample the intro of the song directly. The Stranglers also passed comment that Elastica’s “Waking Up” bore a marked resemblance to their song “No More Heroes”. The band did not deny these accusations and were not ashamed by these similarities, stating that all pop bands have borrowed ideas and all music was eventually recycled.


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  • menswear2112

    First album is a milestone in britpop

    18 Jan 2:25pm Reply
  • rare_attic

    the self-titled album is on my list of best albums ever made

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RazorGothMetal

    Если она оценена мной, то на все остальное насрать)

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • wheresyourblues

    меня цитируют, приятно

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • lastdownpour

    еластика - очень недооценённый бэнд [2]

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    еластика - очень недооценённый бэнд

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • moonbaby9307

    Oh Justine <3

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    It's Britpop week on BBC 6 radio - check out

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
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  • Sid_BM


    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • THjelm

    All of you who end up having tracks by Elastic being auto-corrected to Elastica, would you please report those auto-corrections? Thanks. (It will only affect those particular tracks, so all you Elastica fans needn't worry!)

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • desastrez

    Man, is she beautiful.

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Meleeeeee

    Waking Up♥

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    "It was actually the fastest-selling album in British music history until Arctic Monkeys released their first album which beat Elastica's record. " Pretty sure Be Here Now by Oasis is the fastest selling album in British history. IIRC, Definitely Maybe was the fastest selling debut until the Arctic Monkeys'.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    It's also a lot better...

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    The 1st album is amazing! [3] It was actually the fastest-selling album in British music history until Arctic Monkeys released their first album which beat Elastica's record.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Henrique_Lee

    Connection <3

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Isaias_saiasi

    The 1st album is amazing! [2] one of the best debut albums I've ever heard.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • FloatPrincess

    oh 1996, how i miss you. that was the year i took justin's photos from details magazine to my hairdresser.all the memories,float away

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • RottenBerry

    I love this fucking band. Everything they ever recorded hits my brain just right.

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
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