That Lemony fizz

EVAN DANDO & JU­LIANA HAT­FIELD Sugar Club Dublin Tonight 8pm ¤25 01-6787188

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

The Le­mon­heads were the col­lege band du jour back in the day. Their blend of surg­ing power-pop gui­tars, punk rock and Amer­i­cana-tinged mu­sic brought them out of the shad­ows and into the bright, bright lights. Come the early 1990s, though, with al­bums such as the scene-stealer It’s a Shame About Ray and their hit cover ver­sion of Simon & Gar­funkel’s Mrs Robin­son, front­man Evan Dando (once in at least one mag­a­zine’s 50 Most Beau­ti­ful Peo­ple List) not only em­braced mod­er­ate-league success but also ca­pit­u­lated to its as­so­ci­ated temp­ta­tions.

Fast-for­ward some years, and while The Le­mon­heads as an en­tity no longer ex­ist, we still have Dando around and about and match-fit. He’s cur­rently tour­ing the 20th an­niver­sary birth­day of It’s a Shame About Ray in the com­pany of Ju­liana Hat­field (a one-time Le­mon­heads col­lab­o­ra­tor). For some peo­ple, this is a ducks-lined-upin-a-row gig. To those same peo­ple, can we be the first to wish you – and, in­deed, Dando and Hat­field – a Happy Christ­mas?

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