Quarter Century Classix, the newest project from Sydney, Australia-born singer-songwriter Ben Lee, showcases covers from a particularly vibrant era in indie rock.
The project started out of boredom and necessity while Lee was touring Chicago with his duo Radnor & Lee, featuring actor Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother. He reminisced about his first trip to the Second City 25 years earlier. Among his fondest memories was spending hours at the city's record stores.
"Records were so expensive by the time they got imported to Australia, so I spent a lot of time flipping through the crates," said Lee. "I remember buying the first Fugazi record on that trip." Just 15 years old, Lee was already a seasoned music veteran in Australia, fronting the alt-rock band Noise Addict. The band supported Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Pavement, Sebadoh, and others.
At heart, Quarter Century Classix is closer to a musical memoir and a statement of self.