Friday, April 11, 2008

Collapsing Lungs/L.U.N.G.S.

City: Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 1992 - 2000 (roughly)
Type of Music: Hardcore, HipHop, Metal
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From the Collapsing Lungs Myspace:

Long before KORN, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park made it big, the members of South Florida's own Collapsing Lungs were making music history by combining metal, industrial, hard core and hip hop in a time when leftover 80's hair bands and budding alternative rockers were dominating the charts

Signed to Atlantic Records in 1994, the band released an EP entitled Colorblind and made waves on MTV's Headbanger's Ball with a video for the rap/metal anthem "Crackerjack." Not long after, their lead vocalist, Brian Tutunick (a.k.a. Olivia Newton Bundy), the original bass player from Marilyn Manson, left the 7-piece group and after a few other member changes, the remaining members formed L.U.N.G.S. (Losers Usually Never Get Signed) and in 1995 released the full length Better Class of Losers on Pavement/Zoo/BMG records.

While touring with such acts as Smashing Pumpkins, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Biohazard and a very, very young Limp Bizkit (who opened for them), brought the band major notoriety, the lack of promotion and tour support on behalf of the label would eventually lead to the group's demise.

The band(s) has gone through a number of personnell changes over the years. Here's what some of the guys have been up to.

In 2000, keyboardist Chris Nicholas, went on to direct and produce the documentary, "Marilyn Manson: Demystifying The Devil," which flashes back to their incarnation and chronicles through their controversial trials and tribulations. He also went on to become one of the producers for A&E Television's hit show Criss Angel: MINDFREAK. Vocal/Percussionist Frank "Crime" Cassara, is now the lead singer of The Mary Tyler Whores and can give you a bad ass tattoo if you visit him at Cool Cat Tattoos in Fort Lauderdale. Drummer Chris Goldbach went on to play with Against All Authority and now plays with Irish Car Bomb. Guitarist, Lloyd Holley has signed an international publishing deal with BMG music. Michael MdDermott, who was once the drummer for the legendary punk rock act, Murphy's Law now plays with Bouncin' Souls. Eddie Rendini now teaches Pro Tools at the acclaimed school Full Sail in Orlando, FL.

Nicholas, has been living in Los Angeles for the past six years and usually visits Fort Lauderdale for the holidays to see family and friends. Every year that he comes down, he would talk about putting together a reunion show and on Dec. 26, 2004, nearly a decade since their final performance, all Collapsing members (minus Kyle "Embryo" Hennrich, who no one could find) and a couple from L.U.N.G.S., reunited for a one-night only engagement at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. Six hundred people showed up and the show went off flawless. The band had such a great time that they all said they'd do it again (possibly Christmas 2006).

Collapsing Lungs - Colorblind

L.U.N.G.S. - Better Class Of Losers

Collapsing Lungs - Demos and Unreleased Tracks