- 1) Who are Lilys?
- For the most part, Kurt
Heasley and whoever is playing behind him. Lilys are
a fabulous band whose only consistent member is Kurt
Heasley...who also writes all of the songs.
- 2) What kind of music
do Lilys play?
- That depends of what album
you listen to. Lilys have played in a wide variety of
styles, from My Bloody Valentine-ish shoegazing, to distorted
indie-pop, to heady trip-music, to 60's style pop, and
even a lot of places in between. Currently the Lilys are
pumping out brilliant songs in the vein of the Kinks, The
Beatles, The Doors, The Monkees, The Zombies, Pink Floyd,
and The Beach Boys.
- 3) Why do they call
- Here is the story, as told to
me by an old friend of Kurt's:
"Had to laugh about this one. I'm a
friend of Wally's from High School. We've been good
friends on and off for about the last ten years even
though I haven't talked to him since '93. His birth name
is Kurt Heasley. He picked up the nickname
"Wally" the first day he started his Freshman
year at West Springfield ( my sophomore year ) because
someone thought he looked like Wally from leave it to
beaver fame. He liked the name so much he stuck with it
for years. Back in 86-90 we called him "Big
Wally" because we new another Wally and then later
the affectionate "Mr. Wally"."
This has been confirmed by
former members of the band.
- 4) Was Kurt trying to
sound like My
Bloody Valentine on In
The Presence of Nothing?
- Well, we hate to say
trying...that sounds like he was ripping them off! In
truth though, judging from comments in interviews it can
be safely said that Kurt was a very big MBV fan, and did
want an MBVish sound for the album.
- 5) What is Lilys relation
to The Apples in Stereo?
- Kurt once lived with Hilary
of The Apples In Stereo in Denver,
Colorado, and is also a big fan of their music. The
Apples song 'Touch The Water' was a b-side for 'Returns
and has been a staple in Lilys live shows for a couple of
years now. The two bands remain friends to this day, with
members of Lilys appearing on the last Apples LP, and the
bands have considered touring together.
- 6) Is that Ginger I
hear at the start of one of those CK-1
- Yes, yes it is...the
commercial has not aired in several years, however, so if
you haven't already seen it, you most likely won't.
- 6a) Is that Levi's thing
- Yes it is, and the spot
earned them a good deal of attention in the UK, and
throughout Europe. The spot aired throught January of
1998, leading to a number of pieces in various UK music
publications. A Nanny In Manhattan was the featured song. (For those
who do not know, in early 1998 Lilys had a song featured
in a Levi's commercial in the UK for several weeks,
leading to some nice exposure overseas and a nice jump in
- 6b) Any other spot's like
those listed above?
- Actually, yes. I am informed
that Lilys also took part in the Volkswagon
series of ad's a few years ago, which featured Lush
and Velocity Girl. I'm told that a bit of Any
Place I've Lived was played. ("where
are you going today?"), and as recently as March of
1998 a ten second or so clip of 'Pookah' was
heard in a Nike commercial.
- 7) Is it "Lilys"
of "The Lilys?"
- If you look at the releases
of Lilys and at how Kurt himself refers to the band, they
are Lilys (no The). However, their SubPop release-Which Studies The Past?-has the band calling themselves
The Lilys. I believe that this was a one off
thing...maybe it was because it was a one shot, or maybe
it was just because it made the logo look nice. I
dunno... Some people have informed me that the band went
by The Lilys in their early days, but Kurt is pretty firm
on the issue - they are "Lilys."
- 8) Do Lilys ever tour?
- Indeed. Keep your eyes
focused on the main page of this website for the latest tour dates.
- 9) What albums did they
- They toured quite a bit
previous to In The Presence of Nothing, as well as
for that album. I believe that they also played in
support of A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns,
though I am unsure if they toured for Eccsame The
Photon Band. They played all over in support of Better
Can't Make Your Life Better, and even headed overseas
in support of the album.
- 10) Will they be playing
- Yes, yes they will. See #8.
- 11) Do Lilys have any
- Yes, quite a few actually. February
appeared on an album, and neither did Eskimo
(on the Tone Bender single). They had a cover of The
Apples in Stereos' Touch The Water
on their Returns Every Morning single, and a song called More
Than That is Deserved was on the A Nanny
single, both of which later appeared on the re-release of Better Can't Make Your Life
Better. They had a one-shot SubPop release called Which
Studies The Past,
which had two non-album songs on it. They also have (at
least) two compilation tracks, Any Several Sundays and Excelsior
another interesting tidbit for you. Former Lily Mike
Hammel was kind enough to provide me with this
"One thing you
might find interesting as a Lilys fan: pre-Lilys shares
some history in a way with what later became the band
Fudge. There is a double 7" out there on the now
defunct Brilliant Records featuring one 7" by
Technical Jed and the other by a pre-Fudge band (the name
escapes me now, I have the record at home). There are 4
songs on it. 2 penned by Kurt. He doesn't play on the
record but they are the earliest known written Kurt
Heasley songs. VERY Dinosaur Jr, great songs. Just
thought you'd like to know."
- 12) Do Lilys have any
tracks never officially released?
- Yes they do. Apparently Kurt
writes quite a bit, but records infrequently. Some songs
from early studio sessions include I Think
It's Safe No More, Falling In Astralight, Lire,
and Give A Little Distance.
Early Lilys shows (from 1991 and 1992) also feature a
large number of songs that did not appear on any album.
The titles of these songs can only be guessed at (two in
particular are probably called Salad Bar and
Tra-La La-la), though for those
interested, the songs are very good. (there seems to be
approximately ten such songs from this era, maybe more)
It should also be noted that the "Bliss Out"
thing that was supposed to be done was apparently
recorded, and may never see the light of day.
Here are a few more Lilys song
titles. What these songs are I cannot say, but needless
to say, they are songs written by Kurt Heasley at some
time or another. It they are old songs never released,
the songs from Bliss Out, or songs from the upcoming LP,
I do not know:
G Cobalt Franklin
United Motorcycling Stunt Persons
- 13) Who has been in Lilys?
- That's hard to say...there
has been a lot of members. Known members of note include:
Kurt "Wally" Heasley-guitar/vox, Alex
Hacker-Bass (The Ropers), Archie Moore-guitar
(former Velocity Girl), Mike Glasgow-drums (short
stint in The Ropers), Mike Hammel (The Ropers),
Harold "Bear" Evans-drums (Poole),
Michael Deming-organ/bass/other, Art DiFuria-Guitar (The
Photon Band),Rich Costey-loops/synth, Dave
Frank-drumkit, Robert Andreano-horns/cello/slideguitar,
Thom Manahan-bass (Monsterland), Aaron
Sperske-drums, David Shuman-keys?.......and counting. (I
aoplogize to anybody I missed)
- 14) Just how many people
have been in Lilys?
- The number is currently at
twenty-seven members in about five years. Word has it no
less that 17(!) people were involved in the recording of
the new LP
- 15) What labels have Lilys
- Lilys have had official
releases on Simple Machines, Slumberland, Summershine, SpinArt, SubPop, Che, Elecktra/Primary, and JiffyBoy. The new LP
will have the Sire logo on it in the US.
- 16) When is a new Lilys
album coming out?
- The tentative release date is
February 23rd, 1999, though it may slip back into March.
- 17) What would I like if I
- It depends on what era of
Lilys you like...early Lilys fans should check out My Bloody Valentine, Velocity Girl, and Swirlies. Later Lilys fans may want to look out for The Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control. There are, of course, many more,
but these are a good few to start with.
- 18) What are the words to (insert
- Only Kurt knows that for
sure, as Lilys do not publish lyrics. One can, however,
guess. The Lyrics
section on this page (if it is done) may steer you in the
right direction. The lyrics for 'Better Can't Make
Your Life Better' and 'Which Studies The Past?' are
in fact the official lyrics, so those should be 99%
- 19) How do you play (insert
- Check out the guitar
section of this
site. There are a few songs there, with more waiting in
- 20) So Did Kurt really
have a kid?
- Why yes, yes he did. Kurt had
a daughter, named Tayt. Yes, Tayt of the
"Tayt Overture." She's a wonderful little girl,
if you must know. In fact Kurt now has two children; son
Aeroll was born on Feb. 15th.
are any questions that you feel should covered here, let me
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inform me so that I can fix it. Thanks.
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