They are an American alternative-rock group from Fullerton, CA, U.S.A. In the late 1990s and early 2000, the band has released various different tracks including their number one hit single, “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Miserable”, Zip-Lock”, “Over My Head”, “Lipstick and Bruises”, “Addicted Looks Like They Were Right” and “Times Like This.” This OC County, CA rock band, the band is composed of A. Jay Popoff (lead vocals), Jeremy Popoff (guitars), Kevin Baldes (bass), and Allen Shellenberger (drums). These guys have been together for two decades and the very first time they performed on stage was on December 31, 1989, New Year’s Eve, at the well-known Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood. the band’s general music genre is alternative, power pop and rock.
The group had seen monumental musical achievements with their second album “A Place in the Sun” in 1999 which produced three hit tracks; “Miserable” which made it to #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks, and which music video featured the voluptuous vixen, Pamela Anderson, “Zip-Lock” and “My Own Worst Enemy” which for three months, top-notched on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks and achieved a Billboard Music Award for “the biggest modern rock song of 1999.” The single in fact seen commercial success of selling out over 650,000 downloads to this day which cannot be underestimated since it was released before the dawn of this technology era.
Majority of the band’s glory days were devoted on the road. In 1999, they shook the stage of Woodstock and were backed by Garbage, Offspring and No Doubt, they toured around the world and playing nearly five hundred shows between 1999 and 2000. In 2001, a follow-up album called “A Place in the Sun” bragged another Top Ten single for the group, “Billboard Music Award” as swell as a tour backed by Kid Rock. After a short break, the band would hit the road again in 2003 and with a more intimate club tour this time to promote the release of their forthcoming self-titled fourth LP in the following year, 2004. This had posted a daring move for an indie label.
The band was created in 1989 originally using the name “Razzle.” The band distributed a demo tape in 1990 and an EP called New Vibe Revolution in 1993. The band, formerly Razzle thawed in 1993. And in 1994, Razzle became “Stain”, which offered a much heavier and harder sound. In 1995, they had another demo tape released and finally in 1995, signed to Malicious Vinyl. In 1996, they changed their name to the one they are known for now once and for all due to another band owning the name, “Stain.”
Their album “Tripping the Light Fantastic” under the record label Malicious Vinyl was released in April 1, 1997. Shortly after the release of Tripping the Light Fantastic, Malicious Vinyl was out of business. The band was once again unsigned. The band have devoted their time in creating a new set of tracks and distributing to different record names until in 1998 they were signed to RCA Records.
The group skyrocketed into fame when their album A Place in the Sun went platinum in 1999. The album produced the hit song “My Own Worst enemy” which seized the #1 spot on the Billboard Music Award for the biggest modern rock tracks for the year 1999. Following its success was “Zip-Lock” featuring Blink-182 in the music video. The single “Miserable” was among the top 10 most played tracks of 2000 and whose video featured star Pamela Anderson. They played more than 286 performances and went on a worldwide tour to promote the album A Place in the Sun. Furthermore, they embarked on Vans Warped Tour as well as a part on Woodstock 1999 and toured with The Offspring, No Doubt and Garbage.
The band released Atomic, a follow up for A Place in the Sun in 2001, which paved a way for them to seize another spot in the top ten with the hit single “Lipstick and Bruises.” To promote Atomic, Butch Walker and Kid Rock toured with the band. In 2002, the band’s contract with RCA Record ended.
LIT and death of Allen Shellenberger
In the fall of 2003, the band took on an intimate club tour prior to the release of the their self-titled album through the record label DRT Entertainment on June 24, 2004. The album track “Looks Like They Were Right” climbed its way to the Top 40 charts. That same year the band also ventured its first long-form DVD called “All Access” in late 2004.
Unfortunately, on May 5, 2008, the band made a public announcement regarding the illness of their drummer Allen Shellenberger, who was diagnosed with brain tumor. There was an organized benefit concert in honor of drummer Allen Shellenberger in July 26, 2008 at House of Blues, Anaheim, CA. Many other alternative bands took part in the concert in the likes of Handsome Devil and Sugar Ray to name a few. Shellenberger passed away on August 13, 2009 at the age of thirty-nine. Adrian Young (No Doubt) replaced Shellenberger in the line-up.