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    Ben Lee

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    Genre:Pop, Indie
    Rank:7707 history »
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Since I Met You lyrics
    2Love Song lyrics
    3My Drifting Nature lyrics
    4On & On lyrics
    5Free Diving lyrics
    6The Loft lyrics
    7Run lyrics
    8Shirtless lyrics
    9Be a Kid lyrics
    10Still On The Line lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Something Borrowed Something Blue [1997]
    2Ripe [2007]
    3Grandpaw Would [1995]
    4Catch My Disease [2005]
    5Into The Dark Ep [2005]
    6Something to Remember Me By [1997]
    7Awake Is the New Sleep [2005]
    8Deeper Into Dream [2005]
    9Breathing Tornados [1999]
    10Hey You. Yes You [2002]


    In a music culture where bands dominate, Ben Lee is the youngest singer/songwriter to make an impression on Australian music. Even before his solo career, in his early teens, Lee came to attention as a member of Sydney band Noise Addict.

    In 1993, on the strength of a self-produced and distributed four-track demo recorded in Lee's bedroom which the four Sydney school friends sent out, the head of independent Fallaheen Records Steve Pavlovic (as a promoter he brought Nirvana to Australia at the same time as Nevermind was reaching number one) went to watch the band make their debut performance in 1993 at a library book sale. He signed them to a record deal and Pavlovic's connections immediately won the band high-profile support spots and some famous fans.

    Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore became a champion for Noise Addict and released the group's demo tape as an EP entitled "DEF" in the U.S. on his Ecstatic Peace label. Things were happening quickly and kept happening quickly. At the time, Noise Addict's average age was 14. The first single was "I Wish I Was Him," a satirical tribute to the Lemonheads' Evan Dando. Dando himself heard it and recorded a cover version. The Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond heard it and asked to be allowed to issue the song as one of the first releases on the Beastie Boys' own label, Grand Royal, followed by the Young and Jaded EP, six acoustic songs again recorded Ben Lee's bedroom.

    Touring was limited because of the group's schooling commitments. Instead, Lee followed interest in his music by recording his first solo album, Grandpaw Would, in Sydney and Chicago with producer Brad Wood and toured the U.S. on his own with an American backing band. Lee was now 16. When school was finally out, Noise Addict recorded and released an album and packed their bags for a U.S. tour at last. They broke up soon after and Lee, now 18, went back to his acoustic guitar for his next solo album, Something To Remember Me By, again produced by Brad Wood.

    His "boy genius" reputation was starting to affect him. Rightly of wrongly he thought that America celebrated his youthfulness, while it was held against him in Australia. Ben Lee had been in the unusual situation where he sold more records in America than at home, in numbers and per capita. That changed with the release of 1998's Breathing Tornadoes, dreamed up in his Los Angeles apartment and polished into shape in the studio entirely on computers using mostly synthesized sounds. The single "Cigarettes Will Kill You" almost became a national hit in Australia when it was finally released on single after months of airplay as an album track. Lee was also finding himself achieving celebrity status by osmosis, thanks to his relationship with actress Claire Danes. He continues his unfolding career embraced and cheered on by America, knowing that there's a lot of unfinished business back home in Australia.

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