Time-line of Elastica’s


This is the time-line of Elastica’s activities over the years. It doesn’t include all of the gigs, since they’re already featured in the events section. It does however include some of the more important gigs, those are marked in green. Record releases are marked in red.

May 12Elastica do an Xfm Hi-Jack on Xfm radio.
March 10The set from Toronto Guvernment gig (29 September 2000) was broadcast on CBC Radio Two Radiosonic show.
February 4Elastica’s UK label Deceptive Records dissolves
December 19Justine Frischmann‘s on BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show
December 18Trash X-mas party, The End, West Central Street, London Justine Frischmann‘s DJ night
December 18Justine Frischmann‘s on BBC Radio 1 Steve Lamacq’s Lamacq Live
Oct-DecRecording new material
October 7Last Elastica gig ever: Karma, Boston, MA, US
October 7Elastica play Generator and Your Arse My Place at NBC’s ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
September 20First Elastica Mk. 3 US gig: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, US
September 2Uncle Bob’s Wedding Reception, London, UK – Justine and Mew’s DJ-ing debut at a monthly club night
SeptemberDemoing new material (demos of Bitch Don’t WorkNo Good and two more songs recorded)
August 27Cancelled due to Justine loosing her voice: Leeds Festival, UK
August 26Debut of The Bitch Don’t Work and No Good: Reading Festival, UK
August 22The Menace released in the US (CD/MC)
July 2In the third week on charts Mad Dog is out of all official UK charts
June 25In the second week on charts Mad Dog is at Number 18 in the indie singles chart, and is no longer in the UK singles chart
June 18Mad Dog enters UK singles chart at Number 44, indie singles chart at Number 12
June 14Elastica do a webchat at NME.com.
June 12Mad Dog released in the UK (ltd. CD1/ltd. CD2/ltd. 7″)
June 9Elastica plays on TFI Friday (Channel 4 TV show)
June 1Justine’s on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 1 Session Obssession on Evening Session
JuneElastica signs a worldwide deal with Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records
May 9Elastica plays ‘Mad Dog’ on The Priory (Channel 4 TV show)
April 30In the fourth week on charts The Menace is out of all official UK charts.
April 23In the third week on charts The Menace> is at Number 20 in the indie albums chart, and is no longer in the UK albums chart
April 19Justine co-hosts the BBC Radio 1 Evening Session with Steve Lamacq
April 19Elastica appeared on the cover of the Melody Maker magazine
April 16In the second week on charts The Menace is at Number 55 in the UK albums chart, and at Number 13 in the indie albums chart
April 13Donna Matthews joins Elastica on stage: The Forum, London, UK – Donna Matthews rejoined Elastica onstage for a rendition of ‘Connection’. Justine: “It was unrehearsed. I’d heard she was coming and I said that we should get her to do a song. I asked to see if she was up for it and then she appeared at the side of the stage. I’m glad we did it.”
April 9The Menace enters UK albums chart at Number 24, indie albums chart at Number 3
April 8Start of first Elastica Mk. 3 tour: Cockpit, Leeds, UK
April 5Justine Frischmann‘s on Jo Whiley’s TV show together with Pete Whiley and Roisin from Moloko.
April 5Justine Frischmann‘s on Virgin Radio TFI Nightly with Harriet Scott.
April 3Justine Frischmann‘s on BBC Radio 1 Jo Whiley Show.
April 3The Menace released in the UK (CD/ltd. 12″/MC).
March 2John Peel Session (9 November 1999) repeated on BBC Radio 1.
MarchAn online campaign to promote The Menace starts.
February 28‘The Elastica Story’, BBC Radio 1 documentary, broadcast on Lamacq Live.
February 14The set from London Astoria gig (29 January 2000) was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 Lamacq Live.
January 30London Astoria gig (29 January 2000) webcast by NME.com at VirtueTV.
December 22Justine Frischmann appears in NME x-mas edition photo. She is dressed as Jackie Kennedy.
December 4Elastica appear on BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland. They perform GeneratorHuman and Your Arse My Place.
November 11Geffen drops Elastica. In the time since Elastica signed with Geffen, the label has been swallowed up by the Universal group. Many of the personnel who worked with Elastica at the label have either gone or been redeployed elsewhere in the company.
November 9Five new tracks were recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session. The tracks were: Mad DogKBDa Da DaGenerator and Your Arse My Place which was written especially for the session.
October 4The set from Reading Festival (27 August 1999) was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 Lamacq Live.
Sept/OctThe Menace is rerecorded in six weeks following the Reading gig at the Fortress complex in Clerkenwell, London
August 25NME interview
August 23Elastica 6 track EP released in the UK (CD/12″)
August 21First Elastica Mk. 3 gig: Club Zone, Dingwall, UK. Secret pub show in the Scottish Highlands.
April 27BBC Radio 1 Evening Session interview
April 26The band officially announce the Reading Festival appearance and line-up changes
AprilMew joins the band
Jan/FebAnnie Holland re-joins the band, the band start rehearsing and recording at the Fortress complex in Clerkenwell, London
Nov/DecPaul Jones joins the band
AutumnDonna Matthews leaves the band
August 4Human is released as part of Dead Man On Campus soundtrack
March 25In The City is released as part of Nowhere soundtrack
February 4Unheard Music is released as part of Suburbia soundtrack
December 28A Love Like Ours is released as part of Volume 17.
November 6Justine Frischmann plays in Susan Stenger’s supergroup The Brood at the American Independents Festival at London’s South Bank.
NovemberFinally start recording the second album…
October 24The band take time out to do an on-line chat at the NME.
August 18Last Elastica Mk. 2 gig: Second Stage, V96, Victoria Park, Warrington.
August 15Secret fan gig: The Garage, Highbury, London. Supported by The Delgados and Guernica.
August 12Sheila Chipperfield‘s first ever gig: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow. First of four V96 warm-up dates. Supported by The Delgados.
August 5Hanging Around released in the UK. Justin’s collaboration with Alex James and Stephen Duffy.
August 5New session for Radio 1’s Evening Session broadcast over four days, starting today. Tracks aired are I Want YouHumanLove Like Ours and The Other Side.
July 22Sheila Chipperfield is officially revealed as Elastica’s new permanent bass player.
May 19Justin Welch joins the Pulp team for a music industry six-a-side football tournament at London’s Mile End stadium. Meanwhile Justine Frischmann is in Cannes for the screening of Trainspotting.
MayLine Up released in Australia (CD).
April 10Justin Welch plays drums with Pulp on the David Letterman Show show while Nick Banks is at home getting ready for his wedding.
MarchStart demoing new material. Dave Bush joins up as the new keyboard player. The band also spend time in France writing some new songs.
February 10Justine Frischmann presents BBC 1’s Top Of The Pops.
January 10Nominated in the Best Newcomer section for the 1996 Brit Awards. The award is eventually won by Supergrass.
JanuaryElastica released in Australia (double CD)..
JanuaryCar Song released in Australia (CD)
September 24Justin Welch plays in the Pulp side at the Shelter celebrity six-a-side challenge at London’s Mile End stadium.
August 9Abby Travis joins the band as their temporary bass player: Lollapalooza, Southpark Meadows, Austin, Texas, USA.
August 6Annie Holland‘s last gig with Elastica Mk. 1: Feile Festival ’95, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, County Cork, Ireland.
July 23Start of Lollapalooza tour: Lollapalooza, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
July 19Stutter released in Europe and Australia (7″/12″/CD).
July 6Charity concert in aid of the homeless: Helter Shelter ’95, The Forum, London. Also playing, S*M*A*S*H, Lush, The Boo Radleys and Gene.
July 4Stutter released as part of the Sub Pop ‘Helter Shelter ’95’ limited edition box set.
May 26David Letterman Show, New York, USA.
March 19Elastica enters UK chart at number 1 and becomes the fastest selling debut album ever, breaking the record held by Definitely Maybe.
March 13Elastica released in the UK and worldwide (LP/MC/CD).
February 21Connection released in the USA (CD).
February 14First North American gig: The Whiskey, Los Angeles, USA.
February 13Waking Up released in Europe (CD).
February 2Waking Up released in the UK (7″/12″/CD).
December 9Xmas Peel session recorded at BBC, Maida Vale with Tim Durham. Tracks recorded are GloriaI wanna be a King of Orient-ahBlue and Father Christmas.
November 9Justin Welch throws excellent party to celebrate moving into a house with Steve Pulp.
November 7At the BBC to record “Later with Jools Holland”. Tracks recorded are ConnectionVaseline and Car Song.
October 24Connection released in Europe (CD).
October 19Record Top Of The Pops, Connection enters chart at number 17.
October 10Connection released in the UK (7″/12″/CD/MC).
September 20Stutter released in the USA (10″/CD).
August 23Stutter Sub Pop released in the USA (7″).
AugustStart recording album at Konk studios in Crouch End.
June 14Second Peel session recorded at BBC Maida Vale with Mike Robinson. Tracks recorded are Never HereCar SongHold Me Now and Ba Ba Ba.
May 24Sign deal with Geffen.
March 31First overseas gig: Black Session, Lille, France.
March 16Record session for Radio 1’s Evening Session. Tracks recorded are Waking Up2:1In The City and Connection.
February 9Record first appearance on Top of the Pops. Line Up has entered the charts at number 20.
February 4Start of first headline tour: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow. Supported by Silver, Baby Chaos, Blubber and 60ft Dolls.
January 31Line Up released in the UK (7″/12″/CD/MC).
January 24Receive readers’ award for best new band at NME “Brat” awards. Also voted best new band in Melody Maker end of year polls.
January 14First TV appearance on Channel 4’s “The Word” playing Line Up.
January 8First NME front cover.
November 1Stutter released in the UK (7″).
October 28Start of first tour: The Junction, Cambridge. Supporting Kingmaker.
September 19Record S.O.F.T. with Phil Vinall for Volume Magazine.
August 21First interview in the NME.
August 17Handshake deal with Deceptive Records at the legendary Good Mixer pub in Camden.
August 14Publishing deal signed on Primrose Hill at midnight, to avoid signing on Friday 13th!
August 12First Peel Session recorded at BBC, Maida Vale with Nick Gomm. Tracks recorded are Line UpAnnieSpasticaBrighton RockRockunroll and Vaseline.
July 16First headline gig: Powerhaus, Islington, London. Supported by Summerhill.
June 30More demos at EMI. Tracks recorded: Stutter and Pussycat. These versions later appear as a single.
June 19Steve Lamacq sees the band for the first time: Camden Falcon, London. Supporting Compulsion.
June 12John Mulvey reviews gig for NME: Buzz Club, Aldershot. Supporting Kinky Machine.
May 12First gig under the name Elastica: The White Horse, Hampstead. Supporting Orange Deluxe.
May 7First gig: Old Trout, Widsor. Supporting Truman’s Water. The band play a fifteen minute, seven song set under the name of Onk.
March 10Further demos at EMI.
January 9Donna Matthews moves into a flat in Royal College Street, Camden, with Jane Oliver. This house becomes Elastica HQ.
November 30The band record three tracks in three days in 16 track room with in-house engineer Marc Waterman. Tracks are Line UpVaseline and Spastica. This version of Line Up is later released as a single.
OctoberThe band rehearses, under the name Vaseline. Mike Smith from EMI Publishing offers the band three days demo time at EMI demo studio in Rathbone Place.
September 29Donna Matthews joins band.
September 15Donna Matthews moves to London and answers advert.
AugustMelody Maker ad appears: Guitarist wanted, influences the Fall, the Stranglers, Wire.
JulyThe band rehearse as a three piece, but gradually decide to try to find a fourth member to play guitar.
June 23Annie Holland borrows a mate’s bass and arrives for an audition.
JuneJustin Welch and Justine Frischmann begin jamming together at the Premises Rehearsal Studio on the Hackney Road. Damon Albarn comes along to play the bass guitar.