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Helium (band)

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Origin  Boston, Massachusetts
Labels  Matador Records
Genres  Noise pop, Post-punk
Years active  1992–1998
Record label  Matador Records
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Associated acts  Dumptruck, Autoclave, Team Sleep
Past members  Mary Lou Lord Brian Dunton Mary Timony Ash Bowie Shawn Devlin
Members  Mary Timony, Mary Lou Lord, Shawn Devlin, Kendall Jane Meade
Albums  The Dirt of Luck, The Magic City, Pirate Prude, No Guitars, Superball+

Helium was an American alternative rock band formed during the summer of 1992. Under the original moniker of "Chupa," the band's founding members were Mary Lou Lord; Jason Hatfield, Juliana Hatfield's brother; Shawn King Devlin; and Brian Dunton. Devlin and Dunton were both also in the band Dumptruck before founding Helium.



Mary Timony, formerly of the band Autoclave, replaced Mary Lou Lord on vocals and guitar shortly after formation, as Lord was reluctant to use electric instrumentation. Following Lord's departure, the remaining members changed the band's name to Helium.

Timony was known for her husky, vibrato-less and monotone singing style. The band's record label, Matador Records, likened Timony's vocals to Kim Wilde and Debbie Harry.


Their first release was a 7" single entitled "The American Jean" (1993), which was followed by the 7" "Hole in the Ground". They released their first EP, Pirate Prude, in 1994. Shortly after the release of Pirate Prude, Dunton left the band and Polvo guitarist Ash Bowie, boyfriend of Timony at the time, joined on bass. In 1995, they released their first full-length release, The Dirt of Luck, and played the second stage of Lollapalooza. Adam Lasus produced and engineered The Dirt of Luck, Pirate Prude, and all of Helium's singles up to 1995.

In 1997, the group released the EP No Guitars before releasing their second album, The Magic City. They toured the United States in early 1998 but disbanded shortly thereafter.

Film and television

The band makes an appearance in a 1994 road movie, entitled Half-cocked. On television, two of the band's music videos, "Pat's Trick" and "XXX", were critiqued by Beavis and Butt-head.


Timony began a solo career in 2000 and Bowie released an album of old four-track recordings under the name Libraness. Timony was later a member of the bands Wild Flag and Ex Hex.


Pat's TrickThe Dirt of Luck · 1995
Leon’s Space SongThe Magic City · 1997
Comet #9The Dirt of Luck · 1995


Helium (band) Wikipedia

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