Evan Dando

Lemonheads singer/guitarist/songwriter (and sometimes drummer) Evan Dando was one of alternative rock's publicized artists during the early '90s, before drugs derailed his career and nearly killed him. Born on March 4, 1967, and raised in the suburbs of Boston, MA, Dando had gravitated towards such influential '80s punk outfits as Hüsker Dü and the Replacements, which led to the formation of the Lemonheads by the mid-'80s. The group's original lineup consisted of Dando, Ben Deily (vocals, guitar, drums), and Jesse Peretz (bass), and was featured on the 1986 EP Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners, which the band put out on their own. With full-time drummer Doug Trachten now on board, the Lemonheads signed on with the Taang! label, and issued such further releases as 1987's Hate Your Friends, 1988's Creator, and 1989's Lick; the latter of which contained a rough and tumble reading of Suzanne Vega's "Luka," which received moderate success on MTV and college radio. A rift between bandmembers grew with each successive release, leading to Dando eventually being the only original member left in attendance by the dawn of the '90s. Subsequently, Dando retained the Lemonheads name and signed on with Atlantic Records.