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Joshua Todd ~ Vocals - Keith Nelson ~ Guitar - Yogi ~ Guitar - Jonathan (JB) Brightman ~ Bass - Devon Glenn ~ Drums -

The Tracks

Lit Up

Crushed

Dead Again

Check Your Head

Dirty Mind

For The Movies

Lawless and Lulu

Related

Borderline

Get Back

Baby

Drink The Water

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Buckcherry bio c/o Dreamworks

"We're into all those naughty pleasures no one likes to talk about," says Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson. "We were living and breathing rock n' roll when it wasn't in style, and in 10 years, when it is out of style again, we'll still be doing it." Adds singer Joshua Todd: "For awhile there, it wasn't cool to be happy about sex because people were terrified by it. Now, people have been dealing with AIDS for awhile and they've learned to live with it and be sexy again...they're not afraid to express their dirty little minds."

With Lit Up serving as their calling card, Buckcherry may well be the much needed black eye on the woe-is-me musical outlet of the 90's. Ditching contrived angst in favor of streetwise attitude and rowdy fun, this 11 track disc spews a glorious blast of trashy garage punk and whiskey drenched rock swagger. Producers Terry Date and Steve Jones helped Lit Up a short fused scorcher reminiscent of Buckcherry's combustible live show.

"Steve Jones is a rock n' roll animal," testifies Nelson. "He brings an amazing vibe. This record wouldn't be what it is without him. Also working with Terry brought out the heavier side of us. There's an immediacy, an attack, an explosion when we play live, and I think Terry captured that."

Buckcherry formed in Los Angeles during the summer of 1995 when Nelson and Todd met through their tattoo artist. The duo hammered out a few demo tapes on a cheap 4 track recorder, drawing on an influence as diverse as KISS to Smokey Robinson for inspiration. "I use to listen to punk rock and then got turned on to Prince and Billy Idol." Todd explains, "I always had this weird mix going on but it was the best of both worlds."

The band was completed by bassist Jonathan (J.B.) Brightman, drummer Devon Glen and guitarist Yogi. J.B. met Todd and Nelson at a downtown Los Angeles rehearsal space. He'd been listening to them through a wall and was intrigued by what he heard. Glenn's arrival seemed fated too-he was the first and last drummer the group considered. Yogi is a more recent addition, but his diverse musical background clicked immediately with that of the other members. He was also quick to join in his new mates' collective approach to songwriting.

With assistance from Hollywood recording studio owner Bruce Bouillette, the fledgling band gained invaluable experience and encouragement and was soon generating a buzz around LA thanks to the heavily bootleged demo tape and a swelling reputation as a must-see live act "I was always inspired by live performance," says Todd "The energy loud music gives me allows me to get out what's inside me. I like to dance. This band is about movement, garb and style. It's all about ripping your fucking head off."

And the name? "Our LA shows were getting packed," Nelson recalls. "And there was this transvestite named Buckcherry who always use to bum cigarettes off me outside the shows. He was a nice guy, but a complete Hollywood freak." Which, to Buckcherry, is a good thing.

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