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Lazlo Bane
Origin Santa Monica, California, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Powerpop
Pop
Years active Late 1980s–present
Labels Lookout Sound
Associated acts The (Silent) Rage
Website http://www.lazlobane.com
Members
Chad Fischer
Chris Link
Tim Bright
Chicken

Lazlo Bane is an alternative rock band hailing from Santa Monica, California, United States. They are well known for collaborating with former Men at Work member Colin Hay, and providing the song "Superman" as the theme for the television show Scrubs. "Superman" also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie The Tao of Steve in 2000.

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Background

The band's origin can be traced back to the efforts of Chad Fischer touring with School of Fish in the late 1980s and early '90s as a drummer. After a disagreement and falling out with a producer, Fischer went solo and began writing his own material. Without the benefit of professional mixing or mastering, he was forced to improvise and use an acoustic guitar and a dictaphone to achieve a sound resembling playback through a transistor radio.

To share the effort and workload, Fischer recruited bass player Chris Link, guitarist Tim Bright (reputed to play a Telecaster), and a drummer named Chicken to form a band. Now named Lazlo Bane, they embarked on several circuits to small clubs and venues, all the while formulating a debut album. In August 1996, they produced an EP, Short Style, composed of five brief tracks. On January 28, 1997, they released 11 Transistor featuring Fischer originals like "Wax Down Wings" and a cover of Men at Work's hit "Overkill". The song was recorded in conjunction with Men at Work's Colin Hay, who also appeared in the music video which was directed by Mark Miremont and reached MTV2's Top Ten of the Year list for 1997. The band's relationship with Colin Hay continues to this day. Fischer has co-written and produced several tracks for Hay and sometimes played drums during his live shows.

In 2002, Lazlo Bane released All the Time in the World. While it featured additional instruments and effects — such as violin, saxophone, and piano — it still was produced without assistance from a major recording label. This album is host to the band's most recognizable song, "Superman", because of its use in the hit TV comedy series Scrubs. Series star Zach Braff (who has selective input on songs chosen for the show's soundtrack[citation needed]) was immediately struck by the song, and wanted to use it as the recurring theme song. The band initially was reluctant and declined Braff's request. After a short while, they changed their minds, and Braff and Fischer worked out an arrangement.

Back Sides followed in 2006 and featured tracks that were considered for inclusion in All the Time In the World, but had been dropped and later refined. The two albums represent the paradigm shift in music marketing as they are both "virtual albums", available primarily through online sales outlets instead of traditional, physical retailers.

In 2007 two new albums were planned to be released but only one came out: a selection of '70s covers (named Guilty Pleasures) which was released on July 7, 2007. In the summer of 2007, Lazlo Bane began touring, opening for Colin Hay in support of Guilty Pleasures. This was the band's first official tour in ten years.

The additional album that should consist of original material was shifted to the end of 2009 due to some work of the members of the band outside Lazlo Bane. According to the band's blog, Chad Fischer and Tim Bright were scoring the ABC series Private Practice. Chad Fischer also produced the soundtrack and scored the film The Rocker, released in 2008. By the end of 2009, the only new song, called "Myspace Page", was put on the band's MySpace page.

The (Silent) Rage

The (Silent) Rage (T(S)R) is Lazlo Bane's alter ego what has been described on MySpace as AC/DC meets...AC/DC. Taking pseudonyms Dino, Fuzzy, Licks and Stixx and wearing some wigs, The (Silent) Rage plays more hardrocking music than Lazlo Bane in the style of "Highway to Hell" from Guilty Pleasures. By the end of 2009, four songs could be heard on T(S)R's MySpace page.

Discography

Studio albums

Extended Plays

Music videos

Year Song Director(s) Album
1997 "Overkill" Mark Miremont 11 Transistor
2003 "Superman" Zach Braff All the Time in the World
2006 "Peace Is Our Profession" ? Back Sides
2007 "I'm Not in Love" Heather Seybolt Guilty Pleasures
2009 "Big Spill" Randy Link
  • Big Spill is a song by Lazlo Bane's alter ego The (Silent) Rage
  • There are also several videos made by Clay Cow Productions for Lazlo Bane songs. They include "Superman", "Lonely Boy", "Alone Again" and "Scene Of The Crime".[1]

References

  1. ^ http://claycow.weebly.com/, Official site of Clay Cow Productions

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