The Nymphs, 1989
|Genres||Alternative rock, Punk|
|Associated acts||Leaving Trains, Iggy Pop, The Trolls, Jeff Buckley|
The Nymphs was an alternative rock band of the late 1980s and early 1990s with lead singer Inger Lorre. The band was signed to Geffen Records, and released their only album in 1991. The Nymphs were known for their wild stage shows and their rebellious attitude towards record companies. The band formed in 1985 and broke up in 1992.
- Inger Lorre - lead vocals
- Geoff Siegel - guitar
- Sam Merrick - guitar
- Cliff D. (aka Cliff Jones) - bass
- Alex Kirst - drums (died 2011)
- Jordan Lawson - bass
- Aaron Cruz - guitar
- Mario Tremaine - guitar
- Eric James Contreras - drums
Lorre and guitarist Geoff Siegel formed the band in New Jersey in the mid 1980s. The band moved to Los Angeles to pursue their musical careers, and after two members returned to New Jersey, Lorre and Siegel recruited guitarist Sam Merrick, drummer Alex Kirst and bass player Cliff D. (Cliff Jones).
The band was hoping to sign with an alternative label such as Alternative Tentacles, but their reputation led to interest from the major labels. However, the band's wild behavior led to some companies losing interest.
Things came to a head when Inger Lorre performed fellatio on her then-boyfriend, Rodney Eastman, on stage during their set at the Marquis club in Anaheim, California in 1992. Shortly afterwards, Lorre was fired from the band after she refused to go onstage during a concert that year in Miami opening for Peter Murphy. The band broke up soon after.
After the Nymphs, Inger Lorre went on to record with Jeff Buckley and release solo albums. Alex Kirst went on to play drums for Iggy Pop. Geoff Siegel went on to do A&R for Columbia and Giant records. Sam Merrick briefly returned to his original band, Leaving Trains. He now plays guitar in Boise, Idaho based band a.k.a. Belle.
Alex Kirst died on January 13, 2011 as the result of a car accident. His body was found just before midnight near Date Palm and Gerald Ford Drive in Cathedral City, California. He was 47. Kirst is the brother of guitarist Whitey Kirst, who has also played with Iggy Pop.
In June of 2016, Inger Lorre announced that she would be re-forming the band and writing new music. New band members include Aaron Cruz (guitar), Jordan Lawson (bass), Mario Tremaine (guitar) and Eric James Contreras (drums).
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And on February 28, Lorre caused her first riot: at Anaheim's Marquis, before four hundred or so people, she performed fellatio on her boyfriend, actor Rodney Eastman, onstage--midway through the group's set.
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