Evan Dando Biography
Evan Dando (Evan Griffith Dando) is an American musician and frontman of the Lemonheads. Dando has also embarked on a solo career and collaborated on songs with various artists. Dando was inducted into the Boston Music Awards Hall of Fame in December 2015.
Evan Dando Age
Evan Dando was born on March 4, 1967 in Essex, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2018 he is 51 years old.
Evan Dando Parents
Evan Dando born to Susan, a former fashion model and Jeffrey, who worked as a real estate attorney. His parents divorced two years later.
Evan Dando Wife
In 1998, Dando met English model and musician Elizabeth Moses, they married two years later. Moses contributed photography to Dando’s albums Live at the Brattle Theatre and Baby I’m Bored as well as the Lemonheads’ 2006 eponymous album and its 2009 follow-up, Varshons, on which Moses’ backing vocals can be heard on the song “Fragile.” In 2010, Moses and Dando separated.
Evan Dando Education
Evan Dando attended Commonwealth School in Boston. In the fall of 1986 he enrolled at Skidmore College but dropped out after getting “four Fs and a D.”Evan Dando Photo
Evan Dando The Lemonheads
While at Commonwealth, Dando met Jesse Peretz and Ben Deily and in 1986 they formed the Whelps before changing their name to Lemonheads, like that of the candy manufactured by Ferrara Pan. The Lemonheads debuted on July 18, 1986 at the Meltdown House in Cambridge, followed by a show at The Rat on August 19.
Lemonheads’ record EP, Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners, got the attention of Taang! Records, a local label. The Lemonheads’ first three albums were all released on Taang, which includes Hate Your Friends, Creator and Lick.
Following the third album, Dando left the group, Lemonhead briefly after some tension with Deily and joined Blake Babies, Juliana Hatfield’s band. However, Dando returned as a drummer when The Lemonheads’ cover of Suzanne Vega’s song “Luka” became successful, and the group had an opportunity to tour Europe. Shortly before the tour, Deily, quited the band which placed Dando as the guitarist and lead vocalist. Dando brought in David Ryan on drums and the group signed with major label Atlantic/Warner an in 1990 the group released the album Lovey, The album straddled punk, rock, country, and metal and sold about 9,000-11,000 copies.
Dando spent some time in Australia to write songs with friends Tom Morgan and Nic Dalton, who would later start the band Sneeze. Some of Dando’s songs formed the basis for The Lemonheads’ fifth album, It’s a Shame About Ray. The Lemonheads recorded a punk-inflected cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit “Mrs. Robinson” in 1992, to help promote the video cassette release of The Graduate film for its 25th anniversary. In December 1992, the song reached number 19 on the UK Charts, and was included in the album’s re-release as a bonus track. Dando’s face appeared on several magazine covers, and was listed by people as among the “50 Most Beautiful People.” In an interview with Q magazine, Dando admitted he smoked crack cocaine and regretted it. The group released the album Come on Feel the Lemonhead in late 1993, which featured singles “Style”, “The Jello Fund”, and “Into Your Arms”. Dando befriended Oasis during the group’s touring in 1994 and appeared at some of their live shows. Dando also made a cameo appearance at the end of the 1994 film Reality Bites with Karen Duffy.
Dando re-formed The Lemonheads with former member John Strohm on guitar, former bassist of Australian band The Eastern Dark, Bill Gibson, and Patrick Murphy, a former member of Dinosaur Jr, on drums. In 1996 the group released the album Car Button Cloth. The album featured “jangly guitar songs” such as “If I Could Talk I’d Tell You,” and some writing that showed off Dando’s darker side in “Break Me” and “Losing Your Mind”. The band went on tour and played its final gig at the Reading Festival, after which the band went on hiatus.
Dando put together a new lineup for The Lemonheads in 2005, which included Karl Alvarez and Bill Stevenson, formerly of the pop-punk pioneering band, the Descendents. They signed with Vagrant Records, in April 2006, and released a self-titled album in September. Dando also had a lineup which included Vess Ruhtenberg bassist and drummer Devon Ashley of the Pieces where they toured the UK, Europe and the United States. Alvarez and Stevenson toured with Dando for the first time live on the US tour in late 2007. Dando toured with Ruhtenberg and Ashley in 2008, to promote the re-release of a deluxe version of It’s a Shame About Ray, and then toured with Ruhtenberg and drummer P. David Hazel of Beta Male for a European Tour. At the inaugural NME US Awards ceremony held On April 23, 2008 at the El Rey in Los Angeles, Dando received a Classic Album award for It’s A Shame About Ray, although Entertainment Weekly reported that Dando threw the award in the garbage offstage, and then returned to perform “Ray” and “My Drug Buddy”.
The Lemonheads released Varshons in 2009, a collection of 11 covers, including tracks originally recorded by Gram Parsons, GG Allin, Wire, Christina Aguilera; the album featured vocal performances by actress Liv Tyler and model Kate Moss. For many of the tours since 2010, The Lemonheads have included the entire It’s a Shame About Ray album on the setlist.
Solo career and collaborations
Dando worked with Australian musicians Tom Morgan, and Nic Dalton both of whom have been involved with The Lemonheads. In Sydney, Dando joined Dalton, Morgan, and a number of Half A Cow artists on a self-titled album by the band Sneeze and the album Coastal by Godstar. He participated in the Australian band the Givegoods, which featured Paul Dempsey of Something for Kate.
Dando has worked regularly with Juliana Hatfield where he appeared on several Blake Babies songs and in turn Juliana played with The Lemonheads. In Blake Babies, Dando wrote on tracks and provided supporting music and vocals on the Slow Learner album, which was released in 1989. Dando also collaborated on Hatfield’s album Hey Babe, released in 1994. Dando recorded a duet in 1999, with Hatfield for the 1999 album, Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. The two sang Gram Parsons’ “$1000 Wedding”. Their long-time relationship inspired a line in the Barenaked Ladies’ song “Jane”: “No promises as vague as heaven. No Juliana next to my Evan”. Dando sang with the Blake Babies and played some acoustic shows with them in late 2000. Dando and Hatfield paired up again for a series of live performances in 2011.
In early 2001, during an acoustic world tour, Dando garnered renewed interest in his back catalog. With touring musicians Ben Lee and Ben Kweller, Dando performed a mix of Lemonheads songs and solo songs. Dando’s performance on October 18, 2000 at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, was recorded and officially released in the fall of 2001 as Live at the Brattle Theatre; the album was packaged with an additional disc, an EP titled Griffith Sunset that featured covers of country songs.
Dando released his first solo album in February 2003 Baby I’m Bored, which reached the top 40 of the UK albums chart. Dando performed as the lead vocalist for the band MC5 on a 41-show tour in 2004. Dando has collaborated with The Dandy Warhols and soundtrack composer Craig Armstrong. At the All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Don’t Look Back festival, he played several live dates, including a full performance of the It’s A Shame About Ray album. Dando played solo shows in 2015, in the United States and Europe.
Evan Dando Legacy
Evan Dando has been referenced in song by several musicians.
- Ben Lee wrote a tribute song called “I Wish I Was Him”
- Dntel’s “This is the Dream of Evan and Chan” is about a dream Ben Gibbard had about Dando and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall
- Frequent Dando collaborator Tom Morgan mentions “[his] Rock ‘n Roll Friend Evan” in Smudge’s 1991 single “Don’t Want to Be
- Grant McLennan”
- Kimya Dawson mentions Dando in her song “The Beer”
- The 1994 song “Jane” by Barenaked Ladies contains a lyric that refers to Dando and Juliana Hatfield.
- Dando’s name appears in Bret Easton Ellis’s novel Glamorama (1998).
- In the “My Valentine Episode” of The Goldbergs, Luke Eisner played a young Evan Dando that joined Erica Goldberg’s band the
- Dropouts before leaving to join the Lemonheads. Evan Dando himself cameoed in the episode as a townie that bought beer for
- underage kids.
- Main article: The Lemonheads discography
Evan Dando Albums
- Baby I’m Bored (2003) (UK #30)
Evan Dando Singles
- “Perfect Day” (1995, with Kirsty MacColl) (UK #75)
- “Stop My Head” (2003) (UK #38)
- “It Looks Like You” (2003) (UK #68)