Californian rockers Lit return in July with their sixth album, The View From The Bottom, on Megaforce Records, and have released a short film to explain the events of the past few years when tragic events forced them to take stock.
After the success of second LP, A Place In Sun, (single ‘Miserable’ went to #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks in the US – and the video featured playing on an unusual stage: Pamela Anderson’s body – while ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ held the number one position on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for three months – and has had 650,000 downloads to date).
After those highs, came serious lows. Founding brothers A. Jay and Jeremy’s stepfather was killed, and their mother, seriously injured when they were involved in a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver on the Ortega Highway, near their home in Lake Elsinore.
Then, in July of 2008, with the band about to support Kiss on a European tour, just days before the first date, misfortune befell the group again when drummer Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Just over a year later, the illness would take his life.
Here’s the five minute film, Another Round With Lit:
My Own Worst Enemy
Lit’s most famous track marries a big riff to comical lyrics about a self-destructive personality: “Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk/I didn’t mean to call you that.”
Worth hearing for the classic opening lines (“You make me come/You make me complete/You make me completely miserable”), and worth watching to see Pamela Anderson’s body from the viewpoint of a Lilliputian.
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