Lemon Demon is a musical project and band created by American comedian and musician Neil Cicierega. Most of the project's music is performed solely by Cicierega, but is occasionally played live with a full band. Cicierega previously released instrumental music and several remixes of video game music under the moniker "Trapezoid", which was later renamed to the anagram "Deporitaz" per the request of another band named Trapezoid. Lemon Demon is best known for its song and video, "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny".

Lemon Demon
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Lemon Demon, performing at Lemonic Demonade in 2006
Background information
Also known asTrapezoid, Deporitaz
OriginKingston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Years active2000—present
Websitewww.lemondemon.com
MembersNeil Cicierega
Alora Lanzillotta
Greg Lanzilotta
Charles "Chooch" Sergio
Dave Kitsberg[1]
Past membersTony Wry[2]

HistoryEdit

Since 2003, Cicierega has released 9 full-length albums under his musical project Lemon Demon.[3] In 2005, he and animator Shawn Vulliez released a Flash animated music video "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" on Newgrounds. This reached over 12 million views on Newgrounds as well as topping the "Funny Five" on The Dr. Demento Show for several weeks and becoming the No. 1 Request for 2006.[citation needed] The song was later included in the 2006 album Dinosaurchestra. An updated recording of the song was released to the Rock Band Network in 2010.[4]

In April 2009, Cicierega released his first four albums as free downloads on his site "neilcic.com", however they are now currently hosted on "lemondemon.com".

In January 2016, Cicierega announced Spirit Phone, a full-length Lemon Demon album released on February 29, 2016.[5] The album was the #1 best-selling album on Bandcamp for the first week of its release[6], and received an 8/10 rating from YouTube music critic Anthony Fantano, praising its songwriting and unusual subject matter. Fantano later listed it as one of his Top 50 Albums of 2016.[7] On July 10, 2018, it was announced that copies of the album on CD, cassette tape and vinyl would be sold through Needlejuice Records, who would later distribute remastered versions of Lemon Demon's Christmas EP I Am Become Christmas, as well as Nature Tapes.

Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate DestinyEdit

On December 22, 2005, Lemon Demon and animator Shawn Vulliez released the Flash music video Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny on Newgrounds. The video features cartoon versions of dozens of real-life celebrities and fictional characters, largely from 1980s and 1990s pop culture, in a large century-long brawl where "...only one will survive."[8]

It gained a cult following among web enthusiasts.[9] and became the "user's choice" on December 28, 2005 on Newgrounds where it has been viewed over 10.2 million times.[10] It appeared on several other websites including Albino Blacksheep.[11]

DiscographyEdit

  • Clown Circus (2003)
  • Live From The Haunted Candle Shop (2003)
  • Hip To The Javabean (2004)
  • Damn Skippy (2005)
  • Dinosaurchestra (2006)
  • View-Monster (2008)
  • Almanac 2009 (2009)
  • Live (Only Not) (2011)
  • I Am Become Christmas EP (2012)
  • Nature Tapes EP (2014)
  • Spirit Phone (2016)

External linksEdit

Official Website

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cicierega, Neil (December 23, 2008). "Dear Wikipedia (Page 1) - Lemon Demon Discussion - the Lemon Demon forum". Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  2. ^ http://www.lemondemon.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=578900#p578900
  3. ^ Emily Sweeney (June 22, 2006). "He's a hit with Internet set". Boston.com. Boston Globe.
  4. ^ "Lemon Demon on Rock Band Network". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  5. ^ "Neil Cicierega Tumblr. | NEW LEMON DEMON ALBUM "SPIRIT PHONE" CALLING..." neilblr.com. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  6. ^ "Bandcamp". 2016-03-06. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  7. ^ theneedledrop (2016-03-10), Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone ALBUM REVIEW, retrieved 2016-03-11
  8. ^ "Copy, paste, animate". The Toronto Star.
  9. ^ "Copy, paste, animate". The Toronto Star.
  10. ^ Emily Sweeney (June 22, 2006), He's a hit with Internet set, Boston Globe
  11. ^ Bob Batz (April 11, 2006), Seen & Overheard, Dayton Daily News