Funk-rock group Luscious Jackson
have split after four albums and nearly a decade together, a spokesperson
for the group confirmed.
The New York act announced its breakup in a press release Friday (March
31) in which drummer Kate Schellenbach
wrote, "We want to thank our fans for their amazing support over the
years, as well as the people who supported and worked for us and with
us personally and professionally all this time."
Three weeks ago the band completed a tour in support of its final album,
Electric Honey (1999), which included the tracks "Ladyfingers"
excerpt) and "Summer Daze" (RealAudio
"We want to let our fans know that we are still good friends," bassist/vocalist
Jill Cunniff said in the statement.
"We all want to diversify what we do individually, and the band just
came to its natural conclusion. It's been a great eight years, and we
hope to work together again in the future."
Formed in New York in 1991, Luscious Jackson consistently mined a dark,
funk-influenced groove that mixed elements of pop, rap, Latin percussion
and soul built around the group's intertwined female vocalists. Schellenbach
was the original drummer in the early '80s hardcore punk lineup of
future multiplatinum rap act the Beastie
Cunniff met Schellenbach when she interviewed the Beastie Boys for her
'zine "The Decline of Art." Cunniff and guitarist/vocalist
COLOR="#003163">Gabby Glasermoved to San Francisco in the
late '80s to attend art school, eventually returning to New York in
1991 and reconnecting with Schellenbach and keyboardist Vivian
Trimble to form the quartet.
The band named after a former member of the Philadelphia 76ers
basketball team released its debut EP, In Search of Manny,
on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label in 1992.
The EP was followed by the 1994 full-length debut, Natural Ingredients,
a melange of rap, Spanish rhythms, funk and jazzy keyboard riffs that
featured such songs as "City Song," "Here" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Energy Sucker."
Schellenbach and Cunniff released an album under the name
COLOR="#003163">Kostarsin 1996 titled Klassics With a
K. It featured a low-key mix of stripped-down acoustic guitar and
keyboard tracks such as "Jacqueline" and "Jolene on the Freeway." In
addition to keyboard contributions from Trimble, the album featured
guitars and vocals from Ween members
Gene Ween and Dean
Luscious Jackson's 1996 album, the moody Fever in Fever Out,
was produced by Daniel Lanois
Dylan) and spawned the radio hit "Naked Eye"
Trimble quit the group in April 1998 and formed a duo with former
Breeders bassist Josephine
Wiggs called Dusty Trails,
whose debut is slated for release in May. Cunniff and Schellenbach
contributed to the album.
No information was available on future projects from Cunniff, Schellenbach
The final recordings by Luscious Jackson will be released on the upcoming
soundtrack to the animated film "Titan A.E." and the companion album
to the WB television drama "Felicity," according to the band's publicists.
Song titles for the tracks were not available at press time.