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Black Lips

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Black Lips is a garage rock band from Atlanta, Georgia


  • 1 History
  • 2 Live shows
  • 3 Side projects
  • 4 Band members
    • 41 Current
    • 42 Former members
  • 5 Discography
    • 51 Studio albums
    • 52 Live albums
    • 53 Singles
    • 54 Splits
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The band formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia after guitarist Cole Alexander and bassist Jared Swilley left the Renegades, and guitarist Ben Eberbaugh left the Reruns Alexander and Swilley were known for their crude antics both during shows and at school They were kicked out of school during their senior year after the Columbine Massacre in 1999 because they were regarded as a "subculture danger" Drummer Joe Bradley, who had been studying in college after graduating high school early, joined a few months later They released their first 7-inch in 2002 with tracks from their first ever studio LP ~ completed in 2000 with producer/guitarist Eric Gagnon of The El Caminos The 7-inch featured Juvenile and Ain't Coming Back, both of which were tracked, mixed and mastered by Gagnon, and was released on their own record label, Die Slaughterhaus Just days before a tour was to begin in December 2002, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh was driving a car when he was struck by a drunk driver and killed The band carried on, believing that Eberbaugh would want them to continue

The band's debut full-length album, Black Lips!, was released on Bomp! Records in 2003 Within this tribute album commemorating Ben Eberbaugh's life as a quality musician, they released two more songs from their set with Gagnon 2000:Stone Cold with gagnon on bass and Can't Get Me Down were already mixed and mastered by Eric They were wise enough to have Stone Cold remastered with the channels flipped from the original two track mix ~ a clever way to avoid legal trouble from a keen producer Back in 2000, Jared put himself in rehab during the studio session with Eric, so Cole asked Gagnon to play bass both in the studio and during a live show at The Earl Atlanta, GA ~ Eric agreed so long as he didn't have to record anymore firecrackers in his studio "Ain't Coming Back" Eberbaugh's bluesy guitar takes control of their early work ~ Eric was a perfect match for these youngsters ~ with a knack for the blues, Eric features Ben's guitar After his untimely death in 2002, Ben's legacy was filled by Jack Hines, a friend of the band members, and they recorded their second studio album, We Did Not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow, with him Hines quit the band in 2004 so he could settle down with his wife Ian St Pé, who at the time was enrolled at the University of Memphis as a music major, got a call from the band asking if he wanted to immediately join them on tour Pé, who spent his early twenties buying alcohol for his then-underage future bandmates, dropped out of school and accepted the band's offer They slowly built a fanbase that appreciated their rough pastiche of blues, rock, doo-wop, country, and punk They gained national attention in 2006 with features in Spin and Rolling Stone The band got exposure in the New York Times during the 2007 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in which they played a dozen shows over a three-day period

Their debut for Vice Records, Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo, was released in February 2007 It is supposed to have been recorded at a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, but fans, musicians, and journalists have expressed doubts about that claim and speculated that some or most of it was recorded in a studio with John Reis Responding to such allegations, Swilley has stated that Reis recorded the show live with a soundboard, microphones, and a computer placed strategically near the stage St Pe said that the band had to use the best twelve out of twenty live cuts from the Tijuana show, which he described as "absolutely nuts"In September 2007 their second studio album for Vice entitled Good Bad Not Evil was released The Black Lips made their American national television debut in October 2007 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and played "O Katrina" In May 2008 Black Lips made their UK TV debut performing 'Bad Kids' on BBC3's The Wall The Black Lips were to star in the film Let It Be, in which they portrayed musicians in a fictitious 1980s era DIY band called The Renegades The movie was set for production in the summer of 2008; however, in a September 2008 interview, the band admitted they became disenchanted with the project after viewing the trailer and seeing the way they felt they were going to be portrayed in the movie

In October 2008 a portion of the band's song "Veni Vidi Vici" was played during the season premiere episode of the television show Dirty Sexy Money, shown on the American network ABC The same song was going to be used in a commercial by British supermarket chain Tesco, but, according to the band, the company decided not to go through with the deal because of concerns with the lyrical content of the song The group toured India in January 2009 Following some antics at their show in Chennai, the band became worried about being arrested and imprisoned for "homosexual acts" so they fled the city and eventually the country The band summed up what happened in an interview at the musical festival:"they kissed, and some weiners were pulled out" Vice Records documented the trip After the band left India, they traveled to Berlin, Germany and recorded a 12-song LP of gospel-influenced songs with King Khan & BBQ The album was released on September 22, 2009, under the name The Almighty Defenders

The Black Lips released their fifth studio album, 200 Million Thousand, on February 24, 2009 on Vice Records,with the help of Zach, Meredith, and Austin The songs were recorded at New Street Studio, a former art gallery in Decatur GA, near Atlanta The band embarked on a world tour in 2009 to support this album Over the course of eleven months, the band played 122 shows total between Europe and the United States The band have a featured role in the documentary We Fun:Atlanta, GA Inside Out The title was coined by Jared Swilley on the band's blog The film made its debut at the Atlanta Film Festival in April 2009 A song called "Arboles De La Barranca" was performed by Black Lips for the film Rudo y Cursi Volume six of Brendan Canty's Burn To Shine series includes a performance by the Black Lips There is no release date set for

The band began working on their sixth studio record, Arabia Mountain, in November 2009 The band finished recording the album with producer Mark Ronson in New York City in November 2010 The first single off Arabia Mountain was "Modern Art"

In a 2015 interview the band stated that if they were not called Black Lips they would instead be called Labios Negros

Live shows

A show aboard The Temptress in New York City

The Black Lips are noted for provocative theatrics – including vomiting Cole's medical condition, urination, nudity, electric RC car races, fireworks, a chicken, flaming guitars and other un-predictable antics These have been inspired by the "punk-before-punk" Viennese Actionism movement in Austria and the infamous actionist hardcore punk musician GG Allin according to Alexander Most of these antics, which are the center of attention in media coverage of the band, occurred in the band's early days, a time when the band had not yet learned how to play their instruments The frequency of the group's outrageous stage antics has declined slightly, as they claim to have matured "a little bit" Despite frequent media attention surrounding their antics, Swilley says "it doesn't seem all that crazy to me It’s not like we have ever done a human sacrifice on stage or anything like that”

They played at Heaven in London on September 16, 2008, which ended with a classic stage invasion, and has become their most popular live YouTube video The group has expressed interest in playing venues and countries that typically don't see many rock bands perform They've said they'd like to play Africa, South America, China, and Indonesia, but have not done so yet In 2010 the band toured Australia, New Zealand and Japan In conjunction with SPINearthtv, the group documented the behind the scenes footage of their infamous antics In 2012 the band performed a long discussed Middle East tour which included dates in Iraq and several other countries in the region

On February 7, 2016, The Black Lips performed live on Adult Swim's Fish Center Live during Super Bowl 50

Side projects

Ian St Pe has a project called Saint Pé St Pe also plays guitar in another band called Diamond Rugs, which features members of Deer Tick, Dead Confederate, Los Lobos, and Six Finger Satellite Diamond Rugs will be releasing their debut album on Partisan Records in 2012 Jared Swilley provides guitar and vocals for The Gaye Blades, who have released two 7-inches on Rob's House Records and an LP on Norton Records In late Summer 2008 band member Bobby Ubangi was diagnosed with small cell lung and brain cancer He died in Summer 2009 and is referred to in the Black Lips songs "Dirty Hands" and "I'll Be With You" Under the name Old King Cole Younger, Cole Alexander released a split single on Rob's House Records with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter performing under the name of Atlas Sound Cole Alexander and Bradford Cox also have a project called Ghetto Cross Joe Bradley produced a rap group called Incoqnekro They recorded an album titled Incoqnekronomicon, which was released online in 2009

Three Black Lips, Cole Alexander vocals, Jared Swilley bass and Joe Bradley keyboards, perform as ghost-rock band The Spooks The Spooks formed in 2002 to play Halloween shows The band members wear white sheets on stage, and performances have included blood, animal parts and a chainsaw They began recording songs for an album in 2004, and their first LP, Death From Beyond The Grave, was released by Die Slaughterhaus in late 2008

Cole Alexander and Curtis Harding Cee Lo Green's former back-up singer/writer have been working on a project titled Night Sun

Band members


  • Cole Alexander born on June 8, 1982 - Vocals, rhythm guitar 1999–present
  • Jared Swilley born on August 8, 1983 - Vocals, bass guitar 1999–present
  • Oakley Munson - Drums 2017–present
  • Zumi Rosow - Saxophone 2017–present

Former members

  • Jack Hines - Guitar, voice 2002-2004, 2014-2017
  • Ben Eberbaugh deceased - Guitar, voice 1999–2002
  • Richie Hayes - Guitar 2004
  • Ian St Pe - Guitar 2004-2014
  • Joe Bradley born on February 3, 1984 - Vocals, drums 1999–2017


Studio albums

  • Black Lips! - 2003 Bomp! Records
  • We Did Not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow - 2004 Bomp! Records
  • Let It Bloom - 2005 In The Red Records
  • Good Bad Not Evil - 2007 Vice Records
  • 200 Million Thousand - 2009 Vice Records
  • Arabia Mountain - 2011 Vice Records
  • Underneath the Rainbow - 2014 Vice Records Billboard 200 # 143
  • Satan's Graffiti or God’s Art - 2017 Vice Records

Live albums

  • Live @ WFMU - 2005 Dusty Medical Records
  • Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo - 2007 Vice Records
  • Live at Third Man Records - 2012 Third Man Records


  • "Ain't Comin' Back" 7" - 2002 Die Slaughterhaus
  • "Freakout" 7" - 2002 The Electric Human Project
  • "Ain't Comin' Back" 7" - 2003 Munster Records
  • "Live at the Jam Club" 7" - 2004 Shake Your Ass Records
  • "Does She Want" 7" - 2005 Slovenly Recordings
  • "In and Out" 7" - 2005 Slovenly Recordings
  • "Born to Be a Man" 7" - 2005 Varmint Records
  • "Party at Rob's House" 7" - 2006 Rob's House Records
  • "Born to Be a Man" 7" - 2006 Re-release with different cover Bachelor Records
  • "Not a Problem" 7" - 2007 Vice Records UK
  • "Cold Hands" 7" - 2007 Vice Records UK
  • "O Katrina!" 7" - 2007 Vice Records UK
  • "Veni Vidi Vici" 7" - 2007 Vice Records UK
  • "O Katrina! Australian Tour" 7" - 2007 Juvenile Records
  • "Bad Kids / Leroy Faster" 7" - 2008 Vice Records UK
  • "Short Fuse" 7" - 2009 Vice Records UK
  • "I'll Be with You" 7" - 2009 Vice Records UK
  • "Disconnection/99 Victs" 7" - 2009 Sub Pop Records Singles Club
  • "Drugs" 7" - Vice Records UK
  • "Before You Judge Me" - adult swim singles
  • "Modern Art" - 2011 Vice Records
  • "Family Tree" - 2011
  • "Sick of You" - 2012 Vice Records
  • "Can't Hold On" - 2017 Vice Records
  • "Squatting in Heaven" - 2017 Vice Records
  • "Occidental Front" featuring Yoko Ono - 2017 Vice Records


  • "Black Stereo/Dirt Mono" - 2006 with The Dirtbombs Cass Records
  • "What To Do/Factory Girl" - with the Demon's Claws Norton Records
  • "Fader" = 2007 split with YACHT
  • "Christmas in Baghdad/Plump Righteous" - 2007 with The King Khan & BBQ Show Norton Records
  • "Whirlyball" - 2007 with Baby Shakes, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, and Coffin Bound Chunklet Magazine
  • "Live at the Clermont Lounge" - 2008 with the Subsonics Rob's House Records
  • "MIA/Day Turns To Night/The Rest Of My Days/Little Prince - 2008 with the Carbonas, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, and Predator Rob's House Records
  • "Best Napkin I Ever Had/The Doorway" - 2010 with Pierced Arrows Scion AV
  • "Cowboy Knights" - 2013 with Icky Blossoms Saddle Creek Records


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External links

  • Official website
  • Official Black Lips MySpace
  • BBC article
  • Interview with The Black Lips' Jared Swilley
  • Official Discography
  • Podcast Interview with Cole
  • Captainsonchoorg
  • The Black Lips Interview:Truth Behind Indian Chaos

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