The Modern Age
After working with Pamela Anderson Lee on her flashy syndicated TV show "V.I.P.," the members of Lit thought she would be the perfect vixen to star in their "Miserable" video.
"We had been asked to play ourselves in a 'V.I.P.' episode. It turned into an hour-long Lit-fomercial," says lead singer A. Jay Popoff. "It took about a week to shoot, and during that time we spent a lot of time with Pamela. Then we got the treatment for the video that said we'd be performing on a giant woman. We thought it sounded cheesy at first, but not if we could get Pamela to do it. She was totally into it."
The video, which ends with Lee eating the four bandmates, seems a fitting visual accompaniment to the song's lyrics. Popoff explains, "'Miserable' is basically about feeling like you need something really bad, and when you have it, it makes you feel like shit. Some people feel it's about a person, but it's not necessarily. It can be about addiction.
"We're not these hardcore lyricists, and we're not poets," he continues. "We don't go too deep. We just write songs about our daily experiences."
Lit's desire to keep it simple definitely resonates with fans. "Miserable," the third single from its RCA album "A Place In The Sun," is No. 3 on this issue's Modern Rock Tracks. Popoff says, "The initial surprise of 'My Own Worst Enemy' [Billboard's No. 1 modern rock track in 1999] floored us. We have learned how difficult it is to get your single to the top of the chart."
The group also takes its live performances quite seriously. "There are a few bands that are bringing arena rock back. For us, that's why we got into it to begin with," he says. "When we were opening for other bands, there were time constraints. Now we can play as many songs as we want. We're no longer the underdogs."
- by Jill Pesselnick
Billboard, 04/01/2000, Vol. 112 Issue 14