On this day in music history: March 14, 1995 -…

On this day in music history: March 14, 1995 – “Elastica”, the debut album by Elastica is released. Produced by Marc Waterman and Elastica, it is recorded at Various Studios in London from September 1993 – November 1994. Formed in mid 1992 by former Suede members Justine Frischmann (lead vocals, guitar) and Justin Welch (drums), they are joined by bassist Annie Holland and lead guitarist Donna Matthews. Within a year, the band release their first single “Stutter” on UK indie label Deceptive Records. The hook laden, punky guitar based track featuring Frischmann’s distinctive lead vocal is an immediate underground sensation, selling out of its initial pressing of 2,000 copies in just one day. The buzz created by the single quickly attracts major label attention in the US, with Elastica being signed to Geffen subsidiary DGC Records. In the interim, the band release two more singles which hit the UK top forty before the full album is completed. Three tracks on the album feature Blur keyboardist Damon Albarn (Frischmann’s boyfriend at the time) credited under the pseudonym “Dan Abnormal”. Once released, it is an instant hit, entering the UK album chart at number one. Led in the US by the single “Connection” (#2 Modern Rock, #53 Pop, #40 Mainstream Rock), it is quickly embraced by Modern Rock radio, with the music video going being featured heavily on “120 Minutes” before going into heavy regular rotation on MTV. With their success in the UK and US comes controversy, when Elastica are sued for plagiarism by post punk bands Wire and The Stranglers when the songs “Line Up” and “Connection” use riffs from “I Am The Fly”, “Three Girl Rhumba” and “No More Heroes”. The lawsuits are settled out of court, and the band tours the world extensively in support of their debut album. Regarded as one of the quintessential albums of the “Brit-Pop” movement, spinning off a total of five singles. The US CD release contains the extra track “See That Animal”, left off of the UK edition. The limited vinyl LP also comes packaged with a booklet, with the UK pressing including a  7" flexidisc featuring a cover of the Adam Ant song “Cleopatra”. The vinyl LP is reissued in the US on Record Store Day in April of 2014, pressed on red vinyl and limited to 2,000 copies. “Elastica” peaks at number sixty six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.