Remembering Vivian Trimble: Luscious Jackson on MBE (1995)

Written by Myke Dodge Weiskopf

Luscious Jackson in 1994 with Vivian Trimble (second left). Credit: Photo by Danny Clinch. Photo courtesy of Grand Royal Records.

KCRW remembers Vivian Trimble, the multi-hyphenate co-founder of NYC’s Luscious Jackson, who left us on April 4, 2023. Luscious Jackson were KCRW mainstays in their ‘90s heyday, radiating a perfectly Gen X blend of effortless cool and wry self-effacement. 

The band performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic three times from 1995 to 1999; prior to her departure in 1998, Trimble and bandmate Jill Cunniff also snuck in a 1996 appearance with their side project, Kostars.

In tribute, we’ve excavated Luscious Jackson’s remarkable first appearance on Morning Becomes Eclectic from November 1995. They perform acoustic versions of two truly deep cuts: “Radiating,” which appeared only as a B-side to their “CitySong” single, and “Celebrate My Bullet,” which was withdrawn from consideration for a soundtrack and never released. 

Members of the band also share tapes from their then-new side-projects: Kostars and Ladies Who Lunch (a.k.a. LJ drummer and former Beastie Boy Kate Schellenbach and The Breeders’ Josephine Wiggs). 

This session, which you can find in the player to your left, hasn’t been heard since its original broadcast on November 3, 1995.


Luscious Jackson on Morning Becomes Eclectic, 10/23/1996

Members of Luscious Jackson join Chris Douridas to talk about their album, Fever In Fever Out.

Luscious Jackson on Morning Becomes Eclectic, 9/17/1999

Morning Becomes Eclectic with host Nic Harcourt broadcast live from the Museum of TV & Radio in NYC as part of CMJ Music Marathon, featuring sets from Dot Allison and Luscious Jackson.

Kostars on Morning Becomes Eclectic, 7/3/1996

A side project of Luscious Jackson, Kostars perform selections from their album Klassics with a K, live in the studio with Chris Douridas.