were a Britpop
band in the 1990s
, formed by Justine Frischmann after leaving Suede
. Frischmann recruited Justin Welch (drums), Annie Holland (bass) and Donna Matthews (guitar). Their first single was 1993
's "Stutter", which was a word-of-mouth hit. In spite of a period of relative quiet, Elastica's fame grew throughout 1994
as Frischmann's relationship with Blur
's Damon Albarn
headlines. In spite of a lawsuit from Wire
claiming that many of the band's melodies were taken from Wire compositions, Elastica's first LP, Elastica
, entered the charts at #1.
Elastica was able to garner better American sales than other Britpop bands, replacing Sinead O'Connor on Lollapalooza in 1995. After personnel problems delayed it, the follow-up LP, The Menace, was released in 2000 to moderate sales. The band then released a final single and announced their break-up in September 2001.