Orbit (band)

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OriginBoston, Massachusetts
GenresAlternative rock, Indie rock, Power pop
Years active1994–2001, 2007, 2011
LabelsA&M, Lunch
Past membersJeff Robbins
Paul Buckley
Fred Archambault
Mark Brookner
Wally Gagel
Linda Bean

Orbit is a Boston, Massachusetts-based rock band. Formed in 1994, the band went on hiatus in late 2001. Their initial releases were on drummer Buckley's own Lunch Records label before the band moved to major label A&M Records in the summer of 1995. The three members of the original trio (Robbins, Buckley, Brookner) signed the deal with A&M.[1][2]

The band completed recording their second major label album, "Guide To Better Living", but it was never released by A&M. The band then moved back to Lunch Records for the rest of their releases.

Perhaps the high point of the band's career was the hit, "Medicine", and their presence on the 1997 Lollapalooza tour. They also had the song, "XLR8R", included on the soundtrack of the PlayStation 2 game, FreQuency.

Orbit played two reunion shows on December 28 and 29, 2007, at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. They performed with also defunct Boston indie rock group The Sheila Divine.

Orbit performed a show on January 14, 2011, at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA with The Sheila Divine.


Original band members Jeff Robbins and Paul Buckley were the only constant band members during Orbit's active years. Fred Archambault and Linda Bean joined before the release of Tonedeaf. Since the band went on hiatus, Robbins and Bean formed the band WELL and Paul Buckley drums for Dear Leader and runs independent record label Lunch Records.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Libido Speedway (1997, A&M Records)
  • Guide to Better Living (1999, A&M Records) not released until 2011, under the title The Lost Album
  • XLR8R (2001, Lunch Records)


  • La Mano (1995, Lunch Records)
  • Medicine (1997, A&M Records)
  • I Wanna Make You (1998, Lunch Records)
  • Tonedeaf (2001, Lunch Records)



  1. ^ Personal copy of contract between Orbit and A&M Records. Dated June 30, 1995.
  2. ^ "On the quiet side of success". The Boston Globe. November 19, 1995. p. 19. Archived from the original https://secure.pqarchiver.com/boston/doc/290752176.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Nov+19%2C+1995&author=&pub=Boston+Globe+%28pre-1997+Fulltext%29&edition=&startpage=19&desc=On+the+quiet+side+of+success on June 23, 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Billboard/90s/1997/Billboard-1997-05-10.pdf

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