Magazine article Newsweek

New York State of Mind

Magazine article Newsweek

New York State of Mind

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Alternative divas Luscious Jackson break out

THE GIRLS IN LUSCIOUS JACKSON ARE not giving it up. On a dreary, chilly Saturday in New York City, bassist Jill Cunniff, guitarist Gabby Glaser, drummer Kate Schellenbach and keyboardist Vivian Trimble are gathered in a Greenwich Village bar for a photo shoot. They do not love the camera. They submit to a certain amount of prodding, head tipping and hair smoothing--heck, they want to look good--but they don't grin crazily or stand on their heads or don circus costumes or any of the other goofy stunts bands often pull for magazines. Luscious Jackson (the name is a play on a '60s basketball player, Lucious Jackson) keeps a lot in reserve. Gunniff cheerfully starts an interview by saying, "Not to insult journalists, but they're not trust-worthy until you know them." Even onstage, they keep their soul-punk-funk concoction low-key. "We' re the most mellow people," says Cunniff. "We have 'no mosh' rules. If it gets too violent, we stop playing. I like grooving. I don't mind jostling. We encourage the pogo, which I think is a great dance."

So far, Luscious Jackson's brand of cool is working for them. "Fever In Fever Out," their third album, is the sleeper success of the year. With sales of more than 260,000, it's holding tight in the upper reaches of Billboard's top 100, and the slinky single "Naked Eye" just broke into the top 40. "Fever In Fever Out" is utterly unconventional girl-pop: it straddles the borders of techno, hip-hop, rock and bubblegum, using gorgeously moody keyboard and drum textures to suggest the nowhere zones between love and lust. …

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