- January 2003

Saks & Co: A Rasputina Biography/Song Thoughts on Lost and Found
By Jane Appleby

A Rasputina Biography - The Lost and Found 2nd Edition

  Rasputina was founded in 1891 for like-minded cello-playing girls to meet, play and converse. The conversing never took place, but Rasputina has managed to make three albums (Thanks For the Ether '96, How We Quit the Forest '98, Cabin Fever '02), and three e.p.'s (Transylvanian Regurgitations '98, My Fever Broke '02, The Lost & Found '99/'02).

  Melora Creager is the foundress, composer and directress. She is a Kansas native, moved to New York City in the 1880's to attend art school, and is the mother of a three year old daughter. She is greatly rewarded by the direct communication with people that Rasputina creates. Melora and/or Rasputina have toured, recorded and/or performed with Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Regis & Kathie Lee, Porno For Pyros, Cheap Trick, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Tony Bennett, to name but a few. Melora declares that Rasputina is a division of The Ladies' Cello Society, therefore, discussion of the rotating band members is moot.

Current line-up includes:

Zoë Keating. Zoë lives in San Francisco and began her cello studies in a storage closet in Northern England. Zoë has performed, toured and/or recorded with the San Francisco Lyric Opera, Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Van Gogh's Daughter, Alfred, Laughing Stock, John Vanderslice, Snowy, and the French pop-group Dionysos. When not playing the cello, Zoë is an information architect at the Research Libraries Group.

Jonathan TeBeest. Jonathon is the first Rasputina drummer to be considered "one of the Ladies". He is a Minnesota native, does nothing but make music, and has a background in the "ska" form.

  The Lost & Found song thoughts from Melora:

"Bad Moon Rising": "It always bothered me that these apocalyptic lyrics had hoe-down, happy music, so I fixed that."

"Wish You Were Here": "In high school, I used to drive around the Kansas prairie, smoking pot and listening to Pink Floyd with my art teacher. It was a very formative experience in an abstract way."

"This Little Piggy": "I study nursery rhymes and fairy tales in their original forms, and they are sick, I tell you! Sick!"

"Tourniquet": "I love covering Marilyn Manson songs, because they are so atonal, with so little going on musically, that they are like a template. I hear a lot of harmonies that I can put in, and I like his lyrical imagery."

"Fire & Ice": "Some of my vocal models are women I used to listen to on cassette when I was a kid- Chrissie Hynde, Pat Benatar. There were only a few of these women, so I listened to them a LOT."

"All Tomorrow's Parties": "Nico is someone to learn from vocally. This song is lush and trance-like with just a little dissonance thrown in."

"Rock & Roll": "This song comes from very basic blues. There's nothing I like better than bastardizing the blues, three-times-removed."

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