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    The Lucksmiths

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now lyrics
    2There Is A Boy That Never Goes Out lyrics
    3Little Athletics lyrics
    4Birthday Present For Katrina lyrics
    5Welcome Home lyrics
    6Even Stevens lyrics
    7Music To Hold Hands To lyrics
    8Jewel Thieves lyrics
    9Myopic Friends lyrics
    10The Drunkest Man In The World lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Happy Secret [1999]
    2Staring At The Sky [1999]
    3The Green Bicycle Case [1995]
    4A Good Kind Of Nervous [1997]
    5Why That Doesn't Surprise Me [2001]
    6What Bird Is That? [1996]
    7Where Were We? [2002]
    8A Little Distraction [2003]
    9First Tape [1993]
    10Boondoggle [1994]


    Australian indie-pop trio the Lucksmiths teamed singer/percussionist Tali White, guitarist Marty Donald, and bassist Mark Monnone, longtime school friends who initially bonded over their mutual admiration for the Smiths. After going their separate ways to attend university and travel, the threesome reconvened in their native Melbourne in early 1993, playing their debut gig that April opening for the Sugargliders. The Lucksmiths' debut tape was soon released, and in 1994 the group resurfaced with an EP, Boondoggle. After signing with the local Candle imprint, the Lucksmiths released their first CD effort, The Green Bicycle Case. What Bird Is That? followed a year later, and in 1997 the band made its American debut with the single "The Invention of Ordinary Everyday Things," released via the small Michigan label Drive-In Records. Following the release of the 1998 full-length A Good Kind of Nervous, the Lucksmiths played a handful of European dates in support of Belle & Sebastian, a frequent reference point not only in light of the Lucksmiths' wispy folk-pop sound but also their self-effacingly witty lyrics. At a subsequent gig, Mannone survived a near-fatal on-stage electrocution, and the road-weary trio rounded out the year with the release of a new single, "Untidy Towns." While White spent the next several years living in London, the Lucksmiths toured and recorded only sporadically, cutting a handful of tracks in such far-flung destinations as Washington, D.C. and Paris. Both the Happy Secret collection and the Staring at the Sky 10" appeared in 1999, with the superb "T-Shirt Weather" single and the tongue-in-cheek "Greatest Hits" cassingle following a year later. The outstanding Why That Doesn't Surprise Me, the Lucksmiths' first full-length studio record in close to four years, was issued in early 2001.

    Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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