|Melicious (aka Melissa Lefton)|
|Studio album by Melissa Lefton|
|Released||Never commercially released|
|Genre||Pop, Electronica, Comedy|
|Label||Jive Records, Zomba Recording|
|Producer||The Matrix (production team)|
Melicious is the second album by singer Melissa Lefton. On many promotional copies it was simply titled "Melissa Lefton". The album was due for release on August 21, 2001 on Jive Records but that release was suspended indefinitely. It was produced by The Matrix.
The only copies of the album that exist are full length promotional copies, none of which include the publicized album cover. There are two variations: one is an acetate promo which has a stick-on label and comes in an orange jewel case. The other comes in a cardboard sleeve and features Lefton in a t-shirt with a jolly roger on it. A three song sampler also exists which plays the songs "My Hit Song," "Ozone" and "Sugar Daddy".
Melicious took on topics like pollution, date-rape, occultism and murder, with tongue in cheek lyrics. Stylus Magazine gave the album a positive review and referred to Lefton as "[T]he queen of shelved teenpop". Allmusic also spoke highly of the album, saying it "matches the pop sassiness of the Go-Go's and Cyndi Lauper".
Two songs on this album were commercially released on other albums. "I Love Life" appeared on the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries. "My Hit Song" appeared on the soundtrack to On the Line and also appeared on the compilation album Cool Traxx! 3. The track "Radio Rainbow" appears in the film Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge.
A promotional short film was created to promote the album. Called Behind the Muse, it was a mockumentary spoofing the Behind the Music program and format. In it, Lefton is depicted as an already-famous musician who rose to fame as a pop star only to succumb to an IV addiction to SunnyD. After a nearly fatal car crash she records an album called "Ouch!", and then revitalizes her career as a Las Vegas lounge singer. The humor in the film is decidedly not for young people; for example, regarding her addiction, Lefton states: "I was making love to sweaty bums just to score a hit of SunnyD, and it didn't feel good on my vagina." The film was promotionally distributed on VHS and MiniDV tapes.
- My Hit Song
- ...Now I Got Punk Rock Fever
- Radio Rainbow
- Last Summer
- Sugar Daddy
- Bionic Man
- I Love Life
- Who Shot Jennifer?
- I Know You Want Me (How Can I Blame You?)
- Moore, David (November 8, 2006). "Sugar Shock #006: Screwed: The Lost World of Shelved Teenpop". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- "Melissa Lefton". Allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2012.