Ben Deily is an American musician and songwriter, most famous as one of the founders, writers and lead singers (along with Evan Dando) of the Boston-based alternative rock band The Lemonheads.
After leaving the Lemonheads to complete his degree in English & American Literature, Ben graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1994. Since then he has worked in the advertising industry—as a copywriter and as an Associate Creative Director–while living in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Maine. Deily’s work has won several Clio Awards, Addy Awards, inclusion in the Communication Arts Advertising Annual, and other advertising industry honors.
According to the Boston Phoenix Deily presently lives and works in the Boston area, where he and his wife Lisa Deily frequently perform with their current band, Varsity Drag.
Deily’s band Varsity Drag has performed with The Lemonheads, sharing a bill with them at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom in June, 2009.
At the 2010 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, Deily joined Dando on stage for an acoustic performance of several of their early Lemonheads songs.
2006 for crying out loud (CD, colored 10″ vinyl with bonus track)
2009 rock & roll is such a hassle: varsity drag live in Europe (CD and digital)
2009 night owls (CD and digital)
2009 live owls: varsity drag live on WMFO (live ‘official’ bootleg, digital)
2010 “white cat in a snowstorm” single (digital)
as Ben Deily
2006 all these years gone by: selected songs, 1986-2006 (limited edition double CD)
About The Lemonheads
The Lemonheads are an American rock band first formed in 1986 by Ben Deily, Evan Dando and Jesse Peretz. Dando has remained the band’s only constant member.
Since its formation, recording and touring lineups of the band have included co-founders Deily and Peretz, John Strohm (Blake Babies), Doug Trachten, Corey Loog Brennan, Byron Hoag, Ben Daughtry, Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies), Nic Dalton (Godstar, Sneeze, The Plunderers), Dave Ryan, Patrick “Murph” Murphy (Dinosaur Jr), Bill Gibson (Eastern Dark), Mark ‘Budola’ Newman, Kenny Lyon, Vess Ruhtenberg, Devon Ashley, Karl Alvarez and Bill Stevenson (Descendents), P. David Hazel and various others.
After their initial punk-influenced releases and tours as an independent/”college rock” band in the late ’80s, the Lemonheads’ popularity with a mass audience grew in 1992 with the major label album It’s a Shame about Ray, which was produced, engineered, and mixed by The Robb Brothers (Bruce Robb, Dee, and Joe). This was followed by a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”, which eventually became one of the band’s most successful singles. The Lemonheads were active until 1997 before going on hiatus, but reformed with a new lineup in 2005 and released The Lemonheads the following year. The band released its latest album, Varshons, in June 2009.
August 21, 2012, in was announced that Juliana Hatfield would rejoin The Lemonheads for a late year tour supporting The Psychedelic Furs.
On September 17, 2012 Ryan Adams tweeted that he would be playing drums on a new ‘punker sounding’ Lemonheads album as well as producing it. He also announced that Evan Dando would be joined on the record by Juliana Hatfield and, for the first time since 1989’s Lick, co-founder and original co-songwriter Ben Deily.
Hate Your Friends (1987)
It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)
Come on Feel the Lemonheads (1993)
Car Button Cloth (1996)
The Lemonheads (2006)