|Birth name||James Frederick Lilja|
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk|
|Labels||Black Label Records|
|Associated acts||The Offspring|
James Frederick Lilja is an American gynecologic oncologist and a musician from the Los Angeles area, perhaps best known as the original drummer of the punk rock band The Offspring between 1984 and 1987.
Lilja had joined the group Manic Subsidal in 1984, which eventually changed its name to The Offspring in 1986. Lilja played on the group's first demo tape in 1986, which earned them early exposure through a positive review in Maximumrocknroll magazine. Later that year, Lilja performed on the band's debut single, "I'll Be Waiting" released through Black Label Records. Lilja also helped write the song "Beheaded," later featured on the group's debut album, The Offspring (1989). Dexter Holland has said that Lilja was so focused on getting into medical school that the band let him go, on friendly terms. Later after getting into medical school Lilja became a gynecologic oncologist. Lilja's place in the band was filled by Ron Welty in 1987, who was only 16 years old at the time.
In medical school, he was drummer for the U. Pittsburgh Med School house-band, The Sons of Cecil (named after Cecil Jacobson, a man who impregnated multiple unwitting women, in his own fertility clinic, with his own genetic material). At night, the band switched instruments, donned clown suits and clown makeup, and played as the punk rock band Clowns of Death.
Later, in residency, Lilja headlined the cover band Tastes Like Chicken, composed of doctors from several Houston hospitals. The band was locally famous for never having a demo, never playing a single original song, and never seeking air play – yet consistently attracting large crowds through the various hospital departments for which the band members worked. Later, in the group Fellowship, Lilja delved into A-D recording with computers while still playing drums.
Currently, Lilja is a full-time surgeon working in San Jose, California, where he presently plays with the band Happy Accident.
- With Manic Subsidal
- We Got Power Part II - Party Animal (1985)
- With The Offspring
- 6 Songs Demo Tape (1986)
- I'll Be Waiting (1986)
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