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Luscious Jackson

Luscious Jackson was an all-woman band formed in 1991 in New York City. They performed a style of alternative music that combined hip hop, punk, folk and dance. The band is named for a basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers (Lucious Brown "Luke" Jackson).

The band members were Kate Schellenbach (drums), Jill Cunniff (vocals, bass), Gabby Glaser (vocals, guitar), and Vivian Trimble (keyboards, vocals). Schellenbach and Cunniff met while Schellenbach was drummer for the Beastie Boys whom Cunniff was interviewing for her zine. They all frequented shows at downtown Manhattan haunts like CBGB's, Hurrah, Tier 3, and Max's Kansas City. Their mutual appreciation of Bad Brains, the Slits, ESG, Funky Four Plus One More, Afrika Bambaata, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five led to friendship.

In early 1991, Jill and Gabby created the first Luscious Jackson demo with tip money with their first live performance later that year opening for Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill at the now-defunct Building in lower New York City. The Beastie Boys ask Luscious Jackson to be the first band on their Grand Royal label.

In 1992, three tracks from the ori...

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