Ben Deily

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Ben Deily
Origin Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Genres Rock, alternative
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist; advertising copywriter, Associate Creative Director
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels Taang!, Boss Tuneage
Associated acts The Lemonheads
pods
Varsity Drag

Ben Deily is an American musician and songwriter, most famous as one of the founders, writers and lead singers (along with Evan Dando) of the Boston-based alternative rock band The Lemonheads.

Advertising career[edit]

After leaving the Lemonheads to complete his degree in English & American Literature, Ben graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1994. Since then he has worked in the advertising industry—as a copywriter and as an Associate Creative Director—while living in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Maine.[1] Deily’s work has won several Clio Awards, Addy Awards, inclusion in the Communication Arts Advertising Annual, and other advertising industry honors.

According to the Boston Phoenix Deily presently lives and works in the Boston area,[2] where he and his wife Lisa Deily frequently perform with their current band, Varsity Drag.[3]

Post-Lemonheads Performances with Evan Dando[edit]

Deily's band Varsity Drag has performed with The Lemonheads, sharing a bill with them at New York City's Bowery Ballroom in June, 2009.[4] At the 2010 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, Deily joined Dando on stage for an acoustic performance of several of their early Lemonheads songs.[5]

During 2013, Deily joined the Lemonheads on stage for several shows: first for a single song ("Amazing Grace") in Chicago in April, and then for a short set of songs during a series of dates around New England during July--including the "Outside the Box" festival (where Lemonheads shared a bill with Boston bands Buffalo Tom and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones).[6]

Discography[edit]

The Lemonheads

  • 1986 Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners EP (Amory Arms/Huh-Bag Records)
  • 1987 Hate Your Friends (TAANG!)
  • 1988 Creator (TAANG!)
  • 1989 Luka (single) (TAANG!)
  • 1989 Create Your Friends (special double album of the first two LPs) (TAANG!)
  • 1990 Lick (TAANG!)
  • 2013 Hate Your Friends, Creator, Lick (Deluxe vinyl re-issues, with previously unreleased archival/bonus tracks) (Fire Records)
  • 2014 [Planned Fire Records project containing bonus previously unreleased archival/bonus tracks]

Blake Babies

  • 1993 Innocence and Experience (liner notes) (Mammoth Records)

pods

  • 1992 It's a Bummer About Bourbie, 4-song EP (see It's a Shame About Ray) (Stonerecords)
  • 1994 Where I'm Calling From (self-released)
  • 1994 are we all set? LIVE AT CBGB, 4/16/93 (self-released)

Varsity Drag

  • 2006 for crying out loud (CD, colored 10" vinyl with bonus track) (BossTunage)
  • 2009 rock & roll is such a hassle: varsity drag live in Europe (CD and digital) (BossTunage)
  • 2009 night owls (CD and digital) (BossTunage)
  • 2009 live owls: varsity drag live on WMFO (live 'official' bootleg, digital) (self-released)[7]
  • 2010 "white cat in a snowstorm" single (digital) (self-released)
  • 2013 Untitled Split 7" EP (BossTunage)

as Ben Deily

  • 2006 all these years gone by: selected songs, 1986-2006 (limited edition double CD) (self-released)

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