Before the 90s. Before the internet. Before Nevermind. Back when something called independent music first began reaching a wider audience, through college radio, word-of-mouth, and that small underground record store you seem to find in every town there was a band from Boston called Lemonheads.
Lick is their third full-length album and the last to feature founding member Ben Deily. It was also the group's last independent label-released album before signing to major label Atlantic. An odd mixture of brand-new, and considerably older sounds, 1988's Lick brings together the output of several distinct recording sources: six brand new songs recorded with Minneapolis-based friend and producer Terry Katzman, and a collection of older, B-side and never-released material originally overseen by producer and engineer Tom Hamilton.
While the newest material ("Mallo Cup," "A Circle of One," "7 Powers," "Anyway") hints at promising new song writing directions for both Deily and Dando, there's an almost valedictory sense of the past in the inclusion of versions of "Glad I Don't Know" and "I Am a Rabbit" (from the bands' first-ever, self-released EP), and the now-classic track "Ever," a previously-unreleased tune from the original 1986 Hate Your Friends sessions. At moments, Lick almost sounds like an elegy for itself or an elegy for a band that has reached the end of the beginning.