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Grant Lee Buffalo

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Grant Lee Buffalo is a rock band based in Los Angeles, California, consisting of Grant-Lee Phillips , Paul Kimble and Joey Peters . All three were previously members of another Los Angeles band, Shiva Burlesque.


Grant Lee Buffalo released four albums: Fuzzy , Mighty Joe Moon , Copperopolis and Jubilee . They toured with major bands including R.E.M., Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cranberries. In the United States, the band's 1998 single, “Truly, Truly” received extensive airplay.

Paul Kimble departed the band in 1997, but Grant Lee Buffalo's next album Jubilee met with more success than the prior releases thanks to "Truly, Truly." But, as Phillips describes, a number of changes led to the dissolution of the band's time at their label and their time together.

"The celebrational spirit of Jubilee actually brought a renewed optimism to me personally. The album was well received and understandably the expectations at the label were high, probably too high. Although the highly refined Jubilee had brought the band considerable success at radio with "Truly, Truly," a shift within the industry was well underway. The label's constant nagging about "Call-out Response" was both a new term and a bewildering concept to our ears. The basic strategy: a radio station arranges to call up a listerner who is asked to consume about 30 songs over the phone, perhaps 20 seconds of each. From this remote encounter, the listener will then proceed to judge the material. Insufficient call-out response was a big reason that Jubilee hardly got a shot at Warners. Grant Lee Buffalo tunes are often like an old car or an old amp that needs a few seconds to get warmed up, but when it does... look out! Meanwhile, a new crop of young record buyers, the largest since the Baby Boomer era, were now being targeted to the exclusion of Gen-Xers, like myself, still waiting for the Pixies to reform.

:As for Grant Lee Buffalo, I sensed they were beginning to wonder if we'd ever get through finishing school. Before that could happen, band and label parted as did Peters and myself. The scenery was changing and I was looking for new explorations. I'm sure we all were. Perhaps we always will be."

In 2004, a compilation of singles, album tracks and rarities called Storm Hymnal was released.

Phillips continues to pursue a solo career, releasing six albums between 2000 and 2009.

Grant Lee Buffalo's sound is comparable to Neil Young and an electrified version of americana song writer John Stewart. Phillips writes that their first album "would galvanize the sound of Grant Lee Buffalo, i.e., the acoustic feedback howl of overdriven 12-string guitars, melodic distorto-bass, tribal drum bombast, the old world churn of pump organs and parlor pianos."

Lyrically, they reference American history as well as contemporary events. For instance, “Lone Star Song” from Mighty Joe Moon references the Waco siege and “Crackdown“ from Copperopolis references the murder of Yoshihiro Hattori as well as the Oklahoma City bombing.

As of May 5, 2011 the band has returned on a limited tour, making stops in Los Angeles, Dublin, London, Brussels and Oslo. On August 8, 2011 the band performed at Dranouter festival in Belgium, and on August 9 in Copenhagen. Plans for an extended tour have not been released, yet the band as has been confirmed to play at the german Haldern Pop Festival in August 2012.

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Name Duration Released
Testimony 03:59 1998
Crooked Dice 04:43 1998
Change Your Tune 03:21 1998
My My My 04:05 1998
Seconds 04:21 1998
Everybody Needs A Little Sanctuary 04:01 1998
APB 03:37 1998
8 Mile Road 04:55 1998
Come To Mama, She Say 04:31 1998
Fine Howd Ya Do 03:52 1998
SuperSloMotion 05:42 1998
Truly, Truly 03:58 1998
Jubilee 03:38 1998
Arousing Thunder 00:00 06/1996
Hyperion & Sunset 00:00 06/1996
The Bridge 00:00 06/1996
Better For Us 00:00 06/1996
Homespun 00:00 06/1996
Two & Two 00:00 06/1996
All That I Have 00:00 06/1996
Bethlehem Steel 00:00 06/1996
Armchair 00:00 06/1996
Crackdown 00:00 06/1996
Even The Oxen 00:00 06/1996
Comes To Blows 00:00 06/1996
Lady Godiva And Me 00:00 1994
Demon Called Deception 00:00 1994
Mighty Joe Moon 00:00 1994
Sing Along 00:00 1994
Side By Side 00:00 1994
It's The Life 00:00 1994
Honey Don't Think 00:00 1994
Mockingbirds 00:00 1994
Happiness 00:00 1994
Lone Star Song 00:00 1994
Last Days Of Tecumseh 00:00 1994
Drag 00:00 1994
Stars 'N' Stripes 04:43 23/02/1993
Soft Wolf Tread 02:52 23/02/1993
The Hook 04:13 23/02/1993
Wish You Well 03:30 23/02/1993
Fuzzy 04:59 23/02/1993
Jupiter And Teardrop 05:57 23/02/1993
Grace 06:15 23/02/1993
The Shining Hour 03:53 23/02/1993
America Snoring 03:39 23/02/1993
Dixie Drug Store 05:07 23/02/1993




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