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.
Elastica do an Xfm Hi-Jack on Xfm radio.
The set from Toronto Guvernment gig (29 September 2000) was broadcast on CBC Radio Two Radiosonic show.
Elastica’s UK label Deceptive Records dissolves
Justine Frischmann‘s on BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show
Trash X-mas party, The End, West Central Street, London Justine Frischmann‘s DJ night
Justine Frischmann‘s on BBC Radio 1 Steve Lamacq’s Lamacq Live
Recording new material
Last Elastica gig ever: Karma, Boston, MA, US
Elastica play Generator and Your Arse My Place at NBC’s ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
First Elastica Mk. 3 US gig: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, US
Uncle Bob’s Wedding Reception, London, UK – Justine and Mew’s DJ-ing debut at a monthly club night
Demoing new material (demos of Bitch Don’t Work, No Good and two more songs recorded)
Cancelled due to Justine loosing her voice: Leeds Festival, UK
Debut of The Bitch Don’t Work and No Good: Reading Festival, UK
The Menace released in the US (CD/MC)
In the third week on charts Mad Dog is out of all official UK charts
In 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
Mad Dog enters UK singles chart at Number 44, indie singles chart at Number 12
Elastica do a webchat at NME.com.
Mad Dog released in the UK (ltd. CD1/ltd. CD2/ltd. 7″)
Elastica plays on TFI Friday (Channel 4 TV show)
Justine’s on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 1 Session Obssession on Evening Session
Elastica signs a worldwide deal with Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records
Elastica plays ‘Mad Dog’ on The Priory (Channel 4 TV show)
In the fourth week on charts The Menace is out of all official UK charts.
In 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
Justine co-hosts the BBC Radio 1 Evening Session with Steve Lamacq
Elastica appeared on the cover of the Melody Maker magazine
In 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
Donna 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.”
The Menace enters UK albums chart at Number 24, indie albums chart at Number 3
Start of first Elastica Mk. 3 tour: Cockpit, Leeds, UK
Justine Frischmann‘s on Jo Whiley’s TV show together with Pete Whiley and Roisin from Moloko.
Justine Frischmann‘s on Virgin Radio TFI Nightly with Harriet Scott.
Justine Frischmann‘s on BBC Radio 1 Jo Whiley Show.
The Menace released in the UK (CD/ltd. 12″/MC).
John Peel Session (9 November 1999) repeated on BBC Radio 1.
An online campaign to promote The Menace starts.
‘The Elastica Story’, BBC Radio 1 documentary, broadcast on Lamacq Live.
The set from London Astoria gig (29 January 2000) was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 Lamacq Live.
London Astoria gig (29 January 2000) webcast by NME.com at VirtueTV.
Justine Frischmann appears in NME x-mas edition photo. She is dressed as Jackie Kennedy.
Elastica appear on BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland. They perform Generator, Human and Your Arse My Place.
Geffen 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.
Five new tracks were recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session. The tracks were: Mad Dog, KB, Da Da Da, Generator and Your Arse My Place which was written especially for the session.
The set from Reading Festival (27 August 1999) was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 Lamacq Live.
The Menace is rerecorded in six weeks following the Reading gig at the Fortress complex in Clerkenwell, London
Elastica 6 track EP released in the UK (CD/12″)
First Elastica Mk. 3 gig: Club Zone, Dingwall, UK. Secret pub show in the Scottish Highlands.
BBC Radio 1 Evening Session interview
The band officially announce the Reading Festival appearance and line-up changes
Mew joins the band
Annie Holland re-joins the band, the band start rehearsing and recording at the Fortress complex in Clerkenwell, London
Paul Jones joins the band
Donna Matthews leaves the band
Human is released as part of Dead Man On Campus soundtrack
In The City is released as part of Nowhere soundtrack
Unheard Music is released as part of Suburbia soundtrack
A Love Like Ours is released as part of Volume 17.
Justine Frischmann plays in Susan Stenger’s supergroup The Brood at the American Independents Festival at London’s South Bank.
Finally start recording the second album…
The band take time out to do an on-line chat at the NME.
Last Elastica Mk. 2 gig: Second Stage, V96, Victoria Park, Warrington.
Secret fan gig: The Garage, Highbury, London. Supported by The Delgados and Guernica.
Sheila Chipperfield‘s first ever gig: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow. First of four V96 warm-up dates. Supported by The Delgados.
Hanging Around released in the UK. Justin’s collaboration with Alex James and Stephen Duffy.
New session for Radio 1’s Evening Session broadcast over four days, starting today. Tracks aired are I Want You, Human, Love Like Ours and The Other Side.
Sheila Chipperfield is officially revealed as Elastica’s new permanent bass player.
Justin 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.
Line Up released in Australia (CD).
Justin Welch plays drums with Pulp on the David Letterman Show show while Nick Banks is at home getting ready for his wedding.
Start demoing new material. Dave Bush joins up as the new keyboard player. The band also spend time in France writing some new songs.
Justine Frischmann presents BBC 1’s Top Of The Pops.
Nominated in the Best Newcomer section for the 1996 Brit Awards. The award is eventually won by Supergrass.
Elastica released in Australia (double CD)..
Car Song released in Australia (CD)
Justin Welch plays in the Pulp side at the Shelter celebrity six-a-side challenge at London’s Mile End stadium.
Abby Travis joins the band as their temporary bass player: Lollapalooza, Southpark Meadows, Austin, Texas, USA.
Annie Holland‘s last gig with Elastica Mk. 1: Feile Festival ’95, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, County Cork, Ireland.
Start of Lollapalooza tour: Lollapalooza, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Stutter released in Europe and Australia (7″/12″/CD).
Charity 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.
Stutter released as part of the Sub Pop ‘Helter Shelter ’95’ limited edition box set.
David Letterman Show, New York, USA.
Elastica enters UK chart at number 1 and becomes the fastest selling debut album ever, breaking the record held by Definitely Maybe.
Elastica released in the UK and worldwide (LP/MC/CD).
Connection released in the USA (CD).
First North American gig: The Whiskey, Los Angeles, USA.
Waking Up released in Europe (CD).
Waking Up released in the UK (7″/12″/CD).
Xmas Peel session recorded at BBC, Maida Vale with Tim Durham. Tracks recorded are Gloria, I wanna be a King of Orient-ah, Blue and Father Christmas.
Justin Welch throws excellent party to celebrate moving into a house with Steve Pulp.
At the BBC to record “Later with Jools Holland”. Tracks recorded are Connection, Vaseline and Car Song.
Connection released in Europe (CD).
Record Top Of The Pops, Connection enters chart at number 17.
Connection released in the UK (7″/12″/CD/MC).
Stutter released in the USA (10″/CD).
Stutter Sub Pop released in the USA (7″).
Start recording album at Konk studios in Crouch End.
Second Peel session recorded at BBC Maida Vale with Mike Robinson. Tracks recorded are Never Here, Car Song, Hold Me Now and Ba Ba Ba.
Sign deal with Geffen.
First overseas gig: Black Session, Lille, France.
Record session for Radio 1’s Evening Session. Tracks recorded are Waking Up, 2:1, In The City and Connection.
Record first appearance on Top of the Pops. Line Up has entered the charts at number 20.
Start of first headline tour: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow. Supported by Silver, Baby Chaos, Blubber and 60ft Dolls.
Line Up released in the UK (7″/12″/CD/MC).
Receive readers’ award for best new band at NME “Brat” awards. Also voted best new band in Melody Maker end of year polls.
First TV appearance on Channel 4’s “The Word” playing Line Up.
First NME front cover.
Stutter released in the UK (7″).
Start of first tour: The Junction, Cambridge. Supporting Kingmaker.
Record S.O.F.T. with Phil Vinall for Volume Magazine.
First interview in the NME.
Handshake deal with Deceptive Records at the legendary Good Mixer pub in Camden.
Publishing deal signed on Primrose Hill at midnight, to avoid signing on Friday 13th!
First Peel Session recorded at BBC, Maida Vale with Nick Gomm. Tracks recorded are Line Up, Annie, Spastica, Brighton Rock, Rockunroll and Vaseline.
First headline gig: Powerhaus, Islington, London. Supported by Summerhill.
More demos at EMI. Tracks recorded: Stutter and Pussycat. These versions later appear as a single.
Steve Lamacq sees the band for the first time: Camden Falcon, London. Supporting Compulsion.
John Mulvey reviews gig for NME: Buzz Club, Aldershot. Supporting Kinky Machine.
First gig under the name Elastica: The White Horse, Hampstead. Supporting Orange Deluxe.
First gig: Old Trout, Widsor. Supporting Truman’s Water. The band play a fifteen minute, seven song set under the name of Onk.
Further demos at EMI.
Donna Matthews moves into a flat in Royal College Street, Camden, with Jane Oliver. This house becomes Elastica HQ.
The band record three tracks in three days in 16 track room with in-house engineer Marc Waterman. Tracks are Line Up, Vaseline and Spastica. This version of Line Up is later released as a single.
The 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.
Donna Matthews joins band.
Donna Matthews moves to London and answers advert.
Melody Maker ad appears: Guitarist wanted, influences the Fall, the Stranglers, Wire.
The band rehearse as a three piece, but gradually decide to try to find a fourth member to play guitar.
Annie Holland borrows a mate’s bass and arrives for an audition.
Justin 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.