TRIP SHAKESPEARE Lulu (1991) & Volt (1992)

MI0001601460Lulu (1991)
Under Appreciated Pop Rock Great

The All Music Guide calls Trip Shakespeare’s vocal abilities “unreal.” Lulu, the band’s (almost) last release, was a pop/rock fun fest brimming with unexpected harmonies, sharp story lines and a willingness to try anything out of the ordinary. On first spin, Trip’s jumbled song stylings make for a confounding experience. Closer examination, however, shows just how subversively witty these guys (and gal) really were. All four were capable of fronting the group (and do), which added a seemingly endless array of harmonic, compositional and performance possibilities. And, they seem to have fun mixing & matching those talents. I was first drawn to the live reprises and feedback outros but grew to appreciate the crisp production that left no part buried. When you can hear what each player is actually doing, seemingly live in the studio, Lulu‘s magic really begins. That it all wouldn’t last is probably no surprise. Dan Wilson and John Munson went on to form the radio-friendly Semisonic. But, Lulu survives… and it’s an album that, once embraced, will always find some stereo time. Imagine the outtakes. This one gets my vote for the Deluxe treatment. Lulu is out of print, but you can still find cheap ones at Amazon, HERE.

“None Of The Regular Rules Were True…”
Your Mouth
Will You Be Found?
Down My Block
Jill Can Drive
Look At The Moon
Today You Move
“…Down The Dusty Road”
If You Miss Me

Volt (1992)
Shakespeare’s Crib Sheet

The follow-up to Lulu was an obscure, six song EP of nothing but cover versions of band favorites. Trip Shakespeare takes on Nick Lowe, Thunderclap Newman, Big Star, The Zombies, Husker Du & Neil Young. Amazon has it HERE.

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (3:36) (Lowe)
Something In The Air (3:26) (Keen)
The Ballad Of El Goodo (4:28) (Bell/Chilton)
Time Of The Season (3:42) (Argent)
Dead Set On Destruction (2:36) (Hart)
Helpless (4:37) (Young)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 18:34 | Permalink

    Get them HERE.

  • October 17, 2011 - 23:16 | Permalink

    Some cover version of “The Ballad Of El Goodo” was featured at the end of tonight’s “House” episode. Google has yet to inform me who that was, but I’m pleased to see Trip Shakespeare did a version, too. It’s not lupus, Captain!

    • 3410
      August 11, 2013 - 21:37 | Permalink

      The group’s called The Wellspring.

  • Psyclist
    October 9, 2012 - 11:38 | Permalink

    Much ignored band… Are You Shakespearienced is still their best but the cover cd was a good example how well the boys knew where they took it all from:)

  • M
    August 11, 2013 - 22:47 | Permalink

    Lulu is my favorite album of all the music I’ve gotten here; it’s a criminally under-rated piece of work. Even bought it from Amazon as a result or your posting it. Thanks for all the enjoyment I’ve gotten from Lulu.

    • Willard
      August 11, 2013 - 22:55 | Permalink

      Very cool, thanks for the comment.

  • Anonymous
    August 12, 2013 - 16:45 | Permalink

    Thanks as usual Willard. Not a complaint, but I can’t d/l the ep. gets so far through a d/l (in this case 26%) then throws up a meaningless error message and freezes. It’s always been the same when I’ve tried to use it – Anyone else have a problem, or is it just me?

    • Willard
      August 12, 2013 - 17:22 | Permalink

      Mega is kind of particular. They don’t accept certain browsers or out of date browsers. It’s a trade off for having unmolested links. You might try updating your current browser and maybe scoring another back up browser just in case. I use Safari… but I have to use Chrome to d/l from them. Like I say… it’s a trade off, and the long lasting, unmolested links are of particular interest to me.

  • Faze
    August 12, 2013 - 21:36 | Permalink

    Trip Shakespeare is so coo-coo, so various, so startling — whenever one of their songs comes up on shuffle, I go “Who IS that?” Those distinctive vocals are equal parts annoying and winning and you’re so right, Willard, they were willing to try anything. They innovated in unexpected ways. I’m not sure I would have wanted more Trip Shakespeare, but I’m grateful for what they gave us.

  • Psyclist
    August 12, 2013 - 23:32 | Permalink

    Applehead man…. I hadc it on LP but had to sell all my lp’s/cd’s when I moved to the other side of the world. Cool you have it:)!

  • aking
    August 13, 2013 - 01:13 | Permalink

    I, too, have never gotten a download to work from My browser is up to date. Guess I have to figure from now on, that anything posted there is unavailable to me. I thank you for the Lulu album. I had never heard about it before.

    • Willard
      November 26, 2013 - 12:53 | Permalink

      Or you can use another browser that DOES work with MEGA. Or give up, it’s up to you.

  • Supersonic75
    August 13, 2013 - 04:54 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2013 - 11:37 | Permalink

    It would be nice if you made the people buy them, like I did. If you knew the people in question, and it almost sounds like you do, you would want to support their past and current efforts. For what MOST of Trip Shakespere is CURRENTLY doing, check out The Twilight Hours.

    • Willard
      November 26, 2013 - 12:47 | Permalink

      You can’t “make” people buy anything. As you can see, however we’ve got a link to Amazon in the text. For anyone interested, it’s only a click away… and we HAVE sold some TS product via that link, FYI. Not that it matters, because TS don’t make a penny on CDs sales of old product, the same as most small bands with expired contracts or out-of-print music owned by some corporation.

  • Clay
    January 18, 2014 - 09:57 | Permalink

    I had Lulu way back in the day … thanks for reminding me of this album, may have to revisit it again.

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