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With 1991’s Lulu, Trip Shakespeare achieved the most complete realization of its peculiar pop/rock vision filled with exquisite vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and lyrics alternately weird, sly, and heart-tugging. Romance in the drab modern world is Lulu’s most frequent topic, seen from the angle of bar-hopping singles (“Bachelorette”), pining lovers (“If You Miss Me”), and goofy make-out artists (“Your Mouth”). Co-lead singer Matt Wilson’s lyrics show a unique touch, embellishing tunes like “Jill Can Drive” and “Today You Move” with odd details and twists of phrase. The music is rooted in classic ‘60s vocal pop (“Down My Block,” “Look At the Moon”), with detours into jam band improvisations (“Patricia”) and Off-Broadway arias (“Will You Be Found”). Matt and Dan Wilson (along with bassist John Munson) trade off singing lead, frequently merging voices to stunning effect. Munson’s flowing fretless bass and Elaine Harris’ curious percussion approach add further distinctive touches. Sadly, Lulu proved to be Trip Shakespeare’s final album of original material. Its quirky excellence is well worth discovering.

Customer Reviews

Like Nothing Else

I was fortunate to see Trip live once; unfortunately it was their final show. I stood in front of the stage at the Caboose in Minneapolis with my mouth wide open. Not being from the area I had never heard them before and was so overwhelmed because it was different than anything I had ever heard or seen before. Simply awesome live! I still tell people today that it was the most entertained I have ever been at a live show. I would suggest buying any of their stuff. It's an absolute shame they did not stay together in this creative sense.


Formed: 1986 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Playing engaging and imaginative alternative rock with a pop twist, Trip Shakespeare were a Minneapolis-based combo who earned a loyal cult following for their playful but literate, rhythmically inventive music. The band's story began in the early 1980s, when Harvard anthropology grad Elaine Harris answered an ad looking for "wicked percussion hands" posted by English major Matt Wilson, who would soon abandon school for music to relocate to his hometown of Minneapolis. Harris and Wilson would found...
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