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Elastica were a Britpop band in the 1990s, formed by Justine Frischmann after leaving Suede in 1991. 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 made tabloid 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.