Luscious Jackson is an alternative rock group formed in 1991. The band's name was inspired by now-retired American basketball player Lucious Jackson.
The original band consisted of Jill Cunniff (vocals, bass), Gabby Glaser (vocals, guitar), and Vivian Trimble (keyboards, vocals). Drummer Kate Schellenbach joined the band midway through recording of their debut EP In Search of Manny. With the exception of a few non-LP cover songs, the band wrote all of their own material, the majority penned by vocalists Cunniff and/or Glaser.
Between 1993 and 2000, they released one EP, three full length LPs, and ten singles on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label. Their biggest hit—and only Billboard Hot 100 entry—is "Naked Eye" (March 22, 1997). Other notable singles include "Here," "Daughters Of The Kaos", "Citysong", "Under Your Skin" and "Ladyfingers".
Keyboardist Vivian Trimble left the group in 1998, and in 2000 the group announced their breakup, after releasing one album as a trio. February 2007 saw the release of Luscious Jackson's Greatest Hits compilation.
In 2011 the group announced they had re-united and they were planning to make new music.
With their dark hip-hop-influenced alternative rock, Luscious Jackson re-creates the dense, multicultural bohemian world of New York in a collage of sound, where Spanish guitars, jazzy keyboards, funky beats, and breathy, singsong vocals combine into one. Like the Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson's eclecticism doesn't acknowledge boundaries; instead, it takes freely from every kind of music. Luscious Jackson's first two recordings, 1992's In Search of Manny and 1994's Natural Ingredients, earned the band a cult following and positive critical reviews.
The core of Luscious Jackson -- Kate Schellenbach (drums), Jill Cunniff (vocals, bass), and Gabby Glaser (vocals, guitar) -- all met as teenagers on the New York post-punk scene of the early '80s. Schellenbach was the drummer in the original hardcore punk incarnation of the Beastie Boys; she met Cunniff when she interviewed the Beasties for her fanzine, The Decline of Art. Eventually, the trio began hanging out, seeing bands that ranged from hardcore and arty post-punk to reggae and hip-hop. When the members graduated from high school, they went their separate ways. Schellenbach stayed in New York, where she drummed with Hippies with Guns and attended college, while Cunniff and Glaser attended art school in San Francisco, where they both played in a punk band called Jaws; Cunniff continued to edit her fanzine.
In 1991, Cunniff and Glaser returned to New York and began writing songs. Eventually, the duo recruited Schellenbach and Jill's friend Vivian Trimble to form Luscious Jackson, taking their name from a '60s basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers. The following year, the group released its debut EP, In Search of Manny, on the Beastie Boys' record label, Grand Royal; it was reissued the following year on Capitol/Grand Royal. In Search of Manny received very positive reviews and the group quickly became a hip name to drop in alternative rock circles.
Fever In Fever Out
Wearing nothing is devine, naked is a state of mind
I take things off to clear my head to say the things I haven't said
I live inside the elements the the earth and sky are my best friends
Water is the evidence that washes me from end to end
With my naked eye I saw the falling rain
Coming down on me
With my naked eye I saw
If I said it all I could see
It's not a choice I tried to make
It's not a thought I couldn't take
Something told me it was time
To leave you yours and leave me mine
My vision started to be clear
I watched the sunlight coming near
I knew the day, I knew the night
I knew I could regain my sight
And it feels alright
Last night I came into your home to break some ice and throw some stones
I asked if we could be alone I had some troubles of my own
Knew I had to say goodbye to all the old things held inside
And if I let the moment fly
I knew they'd all be magnified
And it feels alright
Came around after dark
You are nothing but a lark
Though I snuck in like a narc
I knew I had to leave my mark
Wanted to be satisfied
I tried to be dignified
Wearing nothing is divine
Naked is a state of mind
And it feels alright