Green (band)

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OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
GenresIndie rock
Years active1984–present
LabelsGanggreen Records
Pravda Records
Megadisc Records
B Track Records
MembersJeff Lescher
Clay Tomasek
Jason Mosher
Mike Zelenko
Past membersKen Kurson
John Valley
John Diamond
Rich Clifton
Stuart Shea
Mike J. Jarvis
Gregg Potter

Green is a rock group from Chicago.


The group was started by Jeff Lescher (guitar and vocals), John Diamond (bass and backing vocals), and John Valley (drums). This lineup recorded the 1984 four-song EP The Name of This Group Is Green and the group's 1986 self-titled debut album, which featured 14 songs, including re-recordings of all four songs from the earlier EP.

Green established themselves via live shows around Chicago and undertook several national tours with the assistance of manager Cindy Illig. In 1986, Diamond and Valley elected to leave the band as Lescher announced plans for a national tour. Recruited from local music papers and from among their Chicago fan base were new bassist Ken Kurson (who had his own band, Circles, and later fronted The Lilacs), rhythm guitarist Stuart Shea, and drummer Rich Clifton. Shea departed following a brief U.S. tour, and the remaining three-piece recorded Elaine MacKenzie, including the tracks "Heavy Metal Kids", "She Was My Girl", and "Radio Caroline."

Writing in Spin magazine, renowned rock critic Ira Robbins reviewed Elaine MacKenzie, noting, "Lescher's voice is astonishing -- a rough but melodic roar that seems to be straining for release" before concluding "The Greening of America starts here." Away From the Pulsebeat magazine's review of Elaine MacKenzie stated: "Best American band, best songwriter, best singer, best LP. Sweep year." In 1988, Green released a single called REM, this after the band R.E.M. released an album called Green.

The group's membership changed again when Clay Tomasek (bass/vocals) joined the group for the Bittersweet EP in 1993.

In 2001 Eau de Vie was released on the Jettison label, owned by Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun and Big Black.

The group released its seventh album, the 16-track concept affair The Planets, in 2009. The group now includes Lescher, Tomasek, Mike Zelenko on drums, and guitarist Jason Mosher.



Studio albums[edit]


  • The Name Of This Group Is Green (1984, Gang Green)
  • Bittersweet (1991, Megadisc/PIAS)
  • Pathétique (1993, Widely Distributed)



  • White Soul & Bittersweet (1991, Widely Distributed)
  • The Flowers in the Grass (1993, Megadisc)


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  2. ^ Grey, Marcus - It Crawled from the South (second edition), 1997, Da Capo Press ISBN 0-306-80751-3 (p. 513)

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