This Australian teenager-turned-young adult songwriter certainly has a knack for keeping himself in the limelight. At the tender age of 14, Ben Lee and his band Noise Addict burst onto the indie rock scene, due in large part to hearty endorsements form the likes of Thurston Moore and Mike D. Thousands of adults suffering from post-adolescent stress disorder fell head over heels for the band's playful yet biting satires and tender perspectives on romance. Lee soon went solo, releasing Grandpa Would on Grand Royal in 1995. As he grew up before the stunned eyes of his fans, Lee began to experiment with new sounds in an attempt to distance himself from his cute, blinky-eyed reputation. His next two releases explored a more mature style, showing a bold artistic confidence less evident in his earlier, more playful work. Of course, a guest appearance by it-director Harmony Korine on Breathing Tornados (1999) as well as a heavily publicized relationship with Claire Danes doesn't exactly hurt one's ego.
Ben Lee Concert Films
Catch My Disease
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minCharming, intelligent and iconoclastic, Ben Lee is an Australian singer-songwriter whose creative growth since his early adolescence has undergone almost relentless media scrutiny. This is a playful yet deeply intimate portrait of Lee, exploring his meteoric rise to pop stardom and the issues of celebrity and spirituality that arise when launched into the spotlight. Ex-girlfriend Claire Danes and long-time friends Jason Schwartzman, Michelle Williams, Mike D, Zooey Deschanel and Winona Ryder give insight to Lee's almost impenetrable public persona, as well as to his private hopes and insecurities.
Ben Lee Top Tracks
Sessions at West 54th
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minFormer Crowded House frontman, onetime member of Split Enz, and current genius pop songwriter Neil Finn made a memorable appearance on the PBS music series Sessions at West 54th.