Greenskeepers are an alternative rock/indie rock band from Chicago. One of their most notable tracks is the cult hit "Lotion", a song that pays homage to Buffalo Bill, the fictitious serial killer featured in the 1991 film, The Silence of the Lambs. The chorus of "Lotion" comes from Buffalo Bill's most recognizable line of dialogue in the film, that being "it rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again." "Lotion" also came in at #90 in the 2004 Triple J Hottest 100.
The band made a song for the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV called "Vagabond". The song was featured in one of the commercials, in the game itself, and on the soundtrack.
Greenskeepers was founded in 1999 by childhood friends James Curd and Nick Maurer. Their first release was "Whats Your Man Got To Do With Gan" on Classic Records. The stand out song on the EP was "Low and Sweet", which was named one of the "Festive Fifty" by British DJ John Peel.
In early 2001 Maurer and Curd went in the studio together to record the single "Should I Sing Like This?", which became an international club hit. After its success, Maurer moved to Germany and Curd collaborated with many other artists who shared his love of electronic music. This included keyboardist/producer Mark Share, who had three of his songs featured on the Greenskeepers' debut album, The Ziggy Franklin Radio Show. Maurer became a full member in 2004 and Mark Share brought his bassist and lifelong friend Coban Rudish on board.
The four went in the studio to work on their second album Pleetch, which was released by Classic records in the U.K and Om Records in the United States. It featured guest vocalists and included Maurer on two of the songs that he created with the new band on a week long studio trip to his native Chicago. Pleetch was well-received across the music world. The song "Lotion", inspired by the fictional character Buffalo Bill from the film The Silence of the Lambs, was an underground hit. Curd directed a video using the original film footage and uploaded it online. In less than two weeks, the music video for "Lotion" had been downloaded over one million times. Pleetch also had commercial success by licensing songs to T.V and film. "Lotion"," Back In the Wild", and "You Don't Know Me" were all featured on the prime time show Grey's Anatomy. "Slippin" was featured on CSI: Miami, and "Keep It Down" was featured on Point Pleasant.
With a new album, they began touring. This included dates from Scotland and Jerusalem, all the way to Los Angeles. They toured as a three piece band for all of 2004 and then Maurer moved back to Chicago to rejoin the Greenskeepers and debuted the full four piece band at a Miami music conference in 2005. Billboard called it the stand out performance of the conference.
The Greenskeepers then began working in the studio again, resulting in the two disc album Polo Club, released on Om Records. The album met with enthusiastic reviews and full marks in magazines around the world. Their version of a Huey Lewis and The News hit song, "I Want A New Drug," which pays overt homage to Nine Inch Nails' song "Closer", was featured in the film What Happens in Vegas.
The band began touring again at some of the most respected clubs and festivals around the world. This included Park life in Australia, T In the Park in Scotland, Fabric in London, Avalon in Los Angeles, Electric Daisy in Ireland and SXSW in Austin, TX. Rockstar Games contacted Curd with a request to feature a song on their game Grand Theft Auto 4, which resulted in the song "Vagabond", a collaboration between Share, Curd, Maurer and singer JDub. Rockstar used it for their worldwide T.V. ad campaign.
It was at this time in 2008 that the Greenskeepers name transformed to represent Curd as a solo artist and his collaborations with other musicians. In the summer of 2009, he is due in the studio to work on a new Greenskeepers album featuring many guest vocalists and artists. A new Greenskeepers EP is set to be released soon introducing Dan Scalpone on vocals.
- James Curd - Electro-percussionist
- Nick Maurer - Vocalist
- Coban Rudish - Bassist
- Mark Share - Keyboards
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