Music: The Empress Strikes Back

Led by an older and wiser Justine Frischmann, British band Elastica returns

The story leading up to the British rock band Elastica's new album, The Menace (Atlantic), plays like an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. In 1995, Elastica's self-titled debut CD topped the British charts with a caustic but catchy blend of late '70s new wave and '90s pop. Front woman Justine Frischmann's romantic relationship with Damon Albarn, the lead singer for the Britpop band Blur, attracted even more attention in the British press. Then Elastica's single Connection became a big hit in the U.S., and the album eventually sold a million copies worldwide.

Whereupon the band discovered--you guessed it--that fame was...

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