Lambchop (band)

Lambchop, originally Posterchild, is an American band from Nashville, Tennessee.[1] AllMusic referred to them as "arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s".[2]

Lambchop
Lambchop playing in Dachau, Germany, July 2009
Lambchop playing in Dachau, Germany, July 2009
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresAlternative country, Indie-Rock, Chamber Pop
Years active1986–present
LabelsMerge
Associated actsClockhammer, My Dad Is Dead, Silver Jews
WebsiteLambchop.net
MembersKurt Wagner
Ryan Norris
Tony Crow
Matt Swanson
Scott Martin
Past membersMarc Trovillion
William Tyler
Sam Baker
Jonathan Marx
Alex McManus
Deanna Varagona
Paul Niehaus
Roy Agee
John Delworth
Mark Nevers
Chris A. Scott
Charles Scott Chase
Bill Killebrew
Steve Goodhue
Allen Lowrey

Description and historyEdit

Never a band with a "core" lineup, Lambchop has consisted of a large and fluid collective of musicians focused around its creative centre, frontman Kurt Wagner. Lambchop is loosely associated with the alternative country genre.[3] Initially indebted to traditional country, the music has subsequently moved through a range of influences including post-rock, soul and lounge music.

Whatever the style, the characteristic mood of Lambchop's music is evoked by Wagner's distinctive songwriting: lyrically subtle and ambiguous, the vocals melodic but understated. American Songwriter described Wagner's lyrics as "witty and deeply insightful."[4]

They were the backing band for Vic Chesnutt on his 1998 album The Salesman and Bernadette.[3]

PersonnelEdit

Summary of members as credited on studio albums (1994— )

Former bass player Marc Trovillion died of a heart attack in October 2013, aged 56.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Releases as PosterchildEdit

CassettesEdit

  • Secret Secret Sourpuss (1990)
  • Big Tussie (1992)
  • Sorry About The Deformed Heart (split with Crop Circle Hoax and Spent) (1993)

SinglesEdit

  • "Nine" / "Moody Fucker" (1993)
  • "My Cliche" / "Loretta Lung" (1994)
  • "Soaky in the Pooper" (1994)
  • "Your Life As A Sequel" (1995)
  • "Scared Out Of My Shoes" (split 5" vinyl single with Spent) (1995)
  • "The Man Who Loved Beer" (1996)
  • "Hank" (1996)
  • "Cigaretiquette" / "Mr. Crabby" (1996)
  • "Whitey" / "Playboy, the Shit" (1997)
  • "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)" (1998)
  • "Your Fucking Sunny Day" (1998)
  • "Up with People!" / "Miss Prissy" (2000)
  • "Is a Woman" (2002)
  • "Something's Going On (And On)" (2004)
  • "The Hustle" / "When You Were Mine" (2017)

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums
Title Album Details
I Hope You're Sitting Down/Jack's Tulips
How I Quit Smoking
  • Released: January 30, 1996
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD/LP
Thriller
  • Released: September 23, 1997
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
What Another Man Spills
  • Released: September 8, 1998
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
Nixon
  • Released: February 8, 2000
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
Is a Woman
  • Released: February 19, 2002
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
Aw Cmon
  • Released: February 9, 2004
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
No You Cmon
  • Released: February 17, 2004
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
Damaged
  • Released: August 14, 2006
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD/LP
OH (Ohio)[1]
  • Released: October 6, 2008
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD
Mr. M
  • Released: February 21, 2012
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD/LP
FLOTUS
  • Released: November 4, 2016
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD/LP
This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)
  • Released: March 22, 2019
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Formats: CD/LP

Compilation albumsEdit

Tour only albumsEdit

  • Pet Sounds Sucks (Live at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco) (2002)
  • Mono (Live in Würselen, Germany) (2003-04)
  • Nashville Does Dallas (2004)
  • Boo Fucking Who? (Live in Brussels, Belgium) (2004)
  • Succulence (Live in Vienna, Austria) (2006)
  • Rainer on My Parade (Live, various locations) (2008)
  • Democracy (2012)
  • Live At The Shanghai Symphony Chamber Hall (2017)

EPsEdit

  • Hank (1996
  • The Queens Royal Trimma (Live Royal Festival Hall, London – Tour Only) (2000)
  • Treasure Chest of the Enemy (Tour Only) (2001)
  • CoLab (with Hands Off Cuba) (2005)
  • Mr. N (2012)
  • Basement Tapes (2019)[6]

Live albumsEdit

  • Live at XX Merge (2009)

DVDsEdit

  • No Such Silence (2007)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 551. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason (2000-05-13). "Lambchop | Biography & History". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Allison (October 20, 1998). "Vic Chestnutt Sweats the Music Biz". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Lambchop: Mixed Media". American Songwriter. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  5. ^ Reed, Ryan (2013-10-18). "Marc Trovillion, Ex-Lambchop Bassist, Dead at 56". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan (October 30, 2019). "Lambchop Release New Basement Tapes EP: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 30, 2019.

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