The Lemonheads' Evan Dando on the 30th anniversary of It’s a Shame About Ray: “They’re some of the best songs that I’ve written”

Evan Dando
(Image credit: Barry Brecheisen)

Every month during the early ‘90s, it seemed as though a standout – and subsequently classic – alt-rock album was getting released: Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque, Dinosaur Jr.’s Green Mind, Sonic Youth’s Goo, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, and most obviously, Nirvana’s Nevermind, among other titles. 

Within this stellar 1990-1992 window, Lemonheads issued their major label debut, It’s a Shame About Ray. That particular contribution to the '90s' unstoppable alt-rock scene turns 30 this year, and to celebrate its anniversary the band will be performing it in its entirety for a run of US dates before 2022 winds down.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.