The Upper Crust performing at Church in Boston, MA – USA on December 31, 2008
From official biography:
The Upper Crust played their first show in the back room of a Cambridge, Massachusetts bar one Monday night in 1994. Not for a moment did they or anyone else imagine that-more than a decade later-they would be comfortably enshrined in the pantheon of rock stardom, polishing their platform shoes to kick it up a notch with their newly remixed, remastered collection of stellar hits “Cream of the Crust.”
The original band concept was simple and loaded with comic potential: Young fellows singing about the joys and sorrows of the only life they knew, like numberless youths since the dawn of rock and roll… only these lads are filthy rich and theirs is a life of appalling self-indulgence, entitlement and privilege. The result was seen in instant classics like “Let Them Eat Rock,” “Little Lord Fauntleroy,” and “We’re Finished With Finishing School.” Like any other concept band, the odds against longevity seemed loaded. No one has been more surprised then they themselves to find that the public’s appetite and affection for the Upper Crust, far from diminishing, has grown more insatiable with every passing year. It was not long before the band’s image resolved into sharper focus, as they adopted the dress and personae of members of the 18th century European aristocracy in powdered wigs and knee breeches, and the identities Jackie Kickassis (drums), Lord Bendover (guitar, vocals) the Duc d’Istortion (guitars, vocals). Original members Lord Rockingham and the Marquis du Rocque left to pursue other careers and were replaced by the vastly talented Count Bassie (bass, vocals).
The Crust appeared on Conan O’Brien, played with Aerosmith, earned accolades in national press (Vogue, GQ, etc.). They released three studio CDs and one live CD on various independent labels. They won the love and devotion of an ever- growing legion of fans, among them many music and show-business celebrities like Joan Jett, Steven Tyler and daughter Liv, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Tenacious D, etc.; people who could appreciate the nuances of their art with its peculiar blend of head-banging hard-rock, comedy, and theater.
Preferring the lavish comforts of their stately homes and disliking the hardships of the road, for several years they played mainly East Coast shows and spot tours, where they would fly to England, New Orleans or Los Angeles for one or two shows. In this way they succeeded in avoiding the demands of celebrity while enjoying its perquisites. But now the time has come for them to claim their due, and with the aid of famed producers Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie, they’ve remixed and remastered a compilation of 18 of their greatest hits. Cream of the Crust is released in collaboration with Redeye Distribution.
The band has been feverishly active since September, hitting such diverse markets as Raleigh, N.C., Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Providence, R.I., New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Next, they contemplate a full West Coast tour and a more detailed Southern itinerary, and are entertaining offers from European promoters. A live Upper Crust DVD entitled “Horse & Buggery” will be issued by Reptilian Records of Baltimore in November to celebrate the label’s 17th anniversary.
An animated appearance on the Comedy Channel’s “Code Name: Kids Next Door” is scheduled for this winter (date to be determined).
Press activity is already swelling, with forthcoming spreads in several national publications. The band will be doing extensive radio and press promotion is available for interviews, in-store appearances and all other publicity.
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