Chris Acland

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Chris Acland
Chris Acland performing with Lush.
Chris Acland performing with Lush.
Background information
Birth nameChristopher John Dyke Acland
Born7 September 1966
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Died17 October 1996(1996-10-17) (aged 30)
Burneside, England
GenresShoegazing, Britpop
Years active1980–1996
Associated actsLush

Christopher John Dyke Acland (7 September 1966 – 17 October 1996) was an English drummer and songwriter. He was the drummer of the London-based shoegazing and Britpop band Lush.

Early life[edit]

Acland was born at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster, Lancashire. He was the son of Oliver Geoffrey Dyke Acland and Judith Veronica Williams, and the great-grandson of Sir Francis Dyke Acland, the 14th Baronet Acland.[1] He studied at North London Polytechnic, where he met his future Lush bandmates Meriel Barham and Miki Berenyi, briefly dating the latter.[2]


He played in a number of bands, including The Infection, Les Turds,[3] A Touch of Hysteria and Panic, before founding Lush in 1988 with Steve Rippon, Emma Anderson, Meriel Barham and Miki Berenyi. After personnel changes gave way to a stable lineup, Lush released their debut mini album, Scar, and developed a following as a live act. They would go on to release three albums and several singles and EPs and achieve critical success.

Personal life and death[edit]

Acland was a keen football fan and a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. He and members of Moose and the Cocteau Twins formed the band The Lillies and recorded a humorous flexi-disc entitled "And David Seaman Will Be Very Disappointed About That" following the team's victory over North London rivals Arsenal in the 1991 FA Cup semi-finals[4]

On 17 October 1996, after Lush had completed their tour and music festival appearances, and two days after Anderson announced a desire to quit the band, Acland died by hanging himself in his parents' garden in Burneside, Cumbria. His bandmates in Lush were devastated and disbanded after a period of mourning.[5]


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 104th Edition
  2. ^ "Lush reunited: 'We were seen as a band who'd turn up to the opening of a packet of crisps'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Les Turds | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ Perrone, Pierre "Obituary: Chris Acland. The Independent, Retrieved 11 July 2014
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Lush: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 May 2012.