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Benjamin Michael "Ben" Lee (born 11 September 1978) is an Australian musician and actor. Lee began his career as a musician at the age of 14 with the Sydney band Noise Addict, but focused on his solo career when the band broke up in 1995. He appeared as the protagonist in the Australian film The Rage in Placid Lake (2003). He has released eleven solo studio albums.


1 Career

1.1 Noise Addict 1.2 Solo career

2 Personal life 3 Discography

3.1 Albums 3.2 Extended plays 3.3 Singles

3.3.1 Promotional singles

3.4 Other appearances

4 Awards and nominations

4.1 Awards 4.2 Nominations

5 Apple influence 6 References 7 External links


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Noise Addict[edit] Lee's musical career began in 1993 with the band Noise Addict, who were signed to Steve Pavlovic's independent label Fellaheen Records, on the strength of a self-produced and distributed four-track demo recorded in Lee's bedroom. Pavlovic's connections brought the band to the attention of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore
and Beastie Boys' Mike D, both of whom released the band's material in the US. The group put out several releases on the Beasties' Grand Royal Records. These including the acoustic Young and Jaded EP in 1994, which contained Lee's Evan Dando
Evan Dando
tribute, "I Wish I Was Him". In 1995, Grand Royal released the band's only full-length album, the Brad Wood-produced Meet the Real You. Noise Addict made a music video for the song "16", toured with Sebadoh, but then broke up. Lee was also briefly a member of the alternative act Gerling. In 2009 Lee recorded a new Noise Addict album, It Was Never about the Audience, with a new lineup; Lou Barlow
Lou Barlow
and Lara Meyerratken. Solo career[edit] Lee's solo career started at the age of 16, while he was still in Noise Addict. He began recording his first solo album, Grandpaw Would, in both Sydney and Chicago
with producer Brad Wood. This was followed by the 1997 album, Something to Remember Me By, also produced by Wood. An alternate version of his song "Burn to Shine", produced by T-Bone Burnett, played over the end credits of the film Best Men. Lee was then featured on the There's Something About Mary
There's Something About Mary
soundtrack, with the song "How to Survive a Broken Heart". 1998's Breathing Tornados, released on Pavlovic's new label Modular, marked a new direction for Lee as he introduced synthesisers and increased instrumentation into his sound. The album was a success in Australia, earning Lee ARIA Award nominations for Best Male Artist and Album of the Year. The album's first single, "Cigarettes Will Kill You", was also nominated for Single of the Year and finished second in that year's Triple J Hottest 100. In 2001, Lee contributed a track ("Sweet Is the Night") to a Jeff Lynne tribute album Lynne Me Your Ears. Lee's fourth album, hey you. yes you., was released in 2002. The first single from the album, "Something Borrowed, Something Blue", reached number 67 on the ARIA Charts
ARIA Charts
and number 22 on the 2002's Triple J Hottest 100. The second single, "Running with Scissors", peaked at number 82 on the ARIA charts. In 2003, he also contributed several songs to the Evan Dando
Evan Dando
solo album Baby I'm Bored. In late 2004, Lee left Steve Pavlovic's Modular Recordings
Modular Recordings
and started his own record label, Ten Fingers. The first release on the label was the single, "Gamble Everything for Love", followed by the album, Awake Is the New Sleep in February 2005, which went double platinum in Australia. A defining release in his career, the album showcased a much brighter, positive side of Lee's personality, in contrast to his previous darker musings. Awake Is the New Sleep
Awake Is the New Sleep
received several nominations for the 2005 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, and Lee won Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release, and Single of the Year for "Catch My Disease", which Lee wrote with Mcgowan Southworth. "Catch My Disease" also went to No. 2 on the 2005 Triple J Hottest 100. In addition, the song was featured on the soundtracks to the 2005 films Just Friends
Just Friends
and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, as well as the soundtracks to the television series, Grey's Anatomy, Hidden Palms
Hidden Palms
and Scrubs. In 2006 it was used in a television commercial for Dell Computers. On 26 March 2006, Lee performed "We're All in This Together" from Awake Is the New Sleep
Awake Is the New Sleep
at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The single for "We're All in This Together" was released on 8 April 2006. The CD includes cover versions of the song by Pony Up, Holidays on Ice and Gelbison. "We're All in This Together" is being used in commercials for Kohl's (2008), Coca-Cola (Remixed Australian Summer Series Ads in 2007), the South Australian Government (2006), the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal (2007) and Telus
Mobility's "My Faves" (2007). Lee released his sixth album, Ripe, on 18 September 2007 with Benji Madden and Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore
making appearances. Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore
sung a light-hearted, '50s style duet with Lee called "Birds and Bees". "Mandy was very sweet and did her best Olivia Newton-John for me. I'm really psyched about this recording," Lee says. Madden helped out with some backing vocals, along with US band Rooney and Sara Watkins from the band Nickel Creek. "American Television" from the album was used in a VH1 advertisement for Flavor of Love 3
Flavor of Love 3
and the song "Ripe" appeared in an episode of One Tree Hill (Season 5, episode 2). In 2007, Lee performed a cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Our House" for Landmarks on The DL.[1] In February 2009, Lee released his seventh studio album, The Rebirth of Venus, which received mixed reviews.[2] It featured guest performances from the likes of Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins
and Patience Hodgson, and peaked at No.21 on the ARIA Charts.[3] Lee's eighth studio album, Deeper into Dream, was released on 11 October 2011. It was Lee's first attempt at a concept album, basing the entire 12 tracks around the dream state. Despite not charting,[3] it was received fairly favourably by critics. In April 2013, Lee released his ninth and arguably his most experimental studio album entitled Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work,[4] with collaboration from Jessica Chapnik. The album is based upon his personal experience with the psychoactive South American drug known as Ayahuasca. Lee featured as the mentor for Joel Madden's team on the 2013 season of The Voice Australia.[5] In June 2015, Lee released his 10th solo album, Love Is the Great Rebellion, his first on a major label, Warner Bros. Records.[6] According to Geoff Wood at ABC, Lee invented the term "Electroyoga" to describe a new form of music dedicated to the practice of yoga. Lee has since followed up this release with an acoustically-oriented album, entitled Freedom, Love and Recuperation of the Human Mind, in 2016; as well as a children's album, called Ben Lee
Ben Lee
Sings Songs About Islam
for the Whole Family, in 2017. Personal life[edit] Lee was born in Sydney and was raised in a Jewish household, but did not consider himself religious as a child.[7] Lee was educated at Moriah College, an independent, Modern Orthodox Jewish, co-educational, day school, located in Sydney's eastern suburbs.[8] Lee dated Claire Danes
Claire Danes
for several years but their relationship ended in 2003, and he later married actress Ione Skye
Ione Skye
on 28 December 2008, in a Hindu
wedding ceremony in India. They have one child.[9][10] In 2008 Lee was nominated as PETA's World's Sexiest Vegetarian.[11] However, according to one source, Lee admitted he eats fish, indicating a pescatarian diet.[12] Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak Certification

AUS [3]

Grandpaw Would

Released: 22 June 1995

Something to Remember Me By

Released: 20 May 1997

Breathing Tornados

Released: 16 November 1998


hey you. yes you.

Released: 15 November 2002


Awake Is the New Sleep

Released: 22 February 2005


ARIA: 2× Platinum[13]

Ben Lee
Ben Lee
Sings Against Me!'s New Wave

Released: 19 August 2007


Released: 18 September 2007


The Rebirth of Venus

Released: 6 February 2009


Deeper into Dream

Released: 11 October 2011

Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work

Released: 22 April 2013

Love Is the Great Rebellion

Released: 29 May 2015


Freedom, Love and The Recuperation of the Human Mind

Released: 21 October 2016

Ben Lee
Ben Lee
Sings Songs about Islam
for the Whole Family

Released: 3 March 2017

Radnor & Lee (with Josh Radnor)

Released: 10 November 2017

Extended plays[edit]

Pop Queen (1994) Away with the Pixies (1995) The Dirty Little Secret EP (2002)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album

AUS [3] UK [14]

"Cigarettes Will Kill You" 1998 46 92 Breathing Tornados

"Ship My Body Home" — —

"Nothing Much Happens" 1999 136 95

"Tornados" — —

"Something Borrowed, Something Blue" 2002 67 — hey you. yes you.

"Running with Scissors" 2003 82 —

"Gamble Everything for Love" 2004 39 — Awake Is the New Sleep

"Catch My Disease" 2005 27 —

"Into the Dark"[A] 97 —

"We're All in This Together" 2006 59 —

"Love Me Like the World Is Ending" 2007 18 — Ripe

"Numb" 54 —

"I Love Pop Music" 2009 86 — The Rebirth of Venus

"Rise Up" — —

"Song for the Divine Mother of the Universe" 2010 — —

"Big Love" 2015 — — Love Is the Great Rebellion


A ^ The Australian peak for the "Into the Dark" EP is on the ARIA albums chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Album

"Career Choice" 1998 Something to Remember Me By

"Dead or Anything" (as part of Dando Lee Petersson Schwartzman) 2002 Dando Lee Petersson Schwartzman

"In My Life" 2005 This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul

"American Television" 2008 Ripe

"What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)?" 2009 The Rebirth of Venus

"Forgiveness" 2015 Love Is the Great Rebellion

"The Body of Love"

"Goodbye to Yesterday"

Other appearances[edit]

"Make Your Move" (featuring Ione Skye) from Spider (2007) "Beautiful Flirt" (with Ione Skye
Ione Skye
and Jack Graddis) from Bear (2011)

Awards and nominations[edit] Awards[edit]

2005 ARIA Music Awards, Single Of The Year – "Catch My Disease" 2005 ARIA Music Awards, Best Male Artist for Awake Is the New Sleep 2005 ARIA Music Awards, Best Independent Release for Awake Is the New Sleep 2005 ARIA Music Awards, Best Cover Art for Awake Is the New Sleep 2006 APRA Music Awards, Song of the Year – "Catch My Disease"[15] 2006 APRA Music Awards, Most Performed Australian Work – "Catch My Disease"[16]


2008 ARIA Music Awards, Best Independent Release for Ripe 2006 ARIA Music Awards, Best Male Artist for We're All In This Together 2006 ARIA Music Awards, Best Pop Release for Into the Dark 2006 ARIA Music Awards, Best Independent Release for We're All In This Together 2005 ARIA Music Awards, Album Of The Year for Awake Is the New Sleep 2005 ARIA Music Awards, Best Pop Release for Awake Is the New Sleep 2005 Australian Music Prize, for Awake Is the New Sleep 2003 ARIA Music Awards, Best Male Artist for hey you. yes you. 1999 ARIA Music Awards, Album Of The Year for Breathing Tornados 1999 ARIA Music Awards, Single Of The Year for Cigarettes Will Kill You 1999 ARIA Music Awards, Best Male Artist for Breathing Tornados

Apple influence[edit] The album Awake Is the New Sleep
Awake Is the New Sleep
and a selection of other tracks are a feature of the iTunes Music Store Essentials with many singles featuring as a part of the AppleCare
Technical Support music on hold.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ "AOL Radio Stations Free Internet Radio". Spinner.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2016.  ^ "Reviews for The Rebirth Of Venus by Ben Lee". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.  ^ a b c d Peaks in Australia:

Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com - Discography Ben Lee". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2016.  Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.  "Nothing Much Happens": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 24 May 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  Love Is the Great Rebellion: Ryan, Gavin (6 June 2015). "ARIA Albums: Florence + The Machine Debuts At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 

^ "Ben Lee". Pledgemusic.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.  ^ Annabel Ross. "The Voice Ben Lee". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 5 April 2016.  ^ "Album Premiere: Listen to Ben Lee's Love Is the Great Rebellion". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05.  ^ "Pop Singer Ben Lee
Ben Lee
Comes Out of the ' Ayahuasca
Closet' [INTERVIEW]". The Huffington Post. 24 June 2013.  ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (9 November 2002). "The ballad of Ben Lee". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2013.  ^ "The many layers of Mr. Lee". The Sun-Herald. 2 September 2007.  ^ "A Wedding in India
for Actress Ione Skye". People.com. 11 January 2009.  ^ "The 2008 World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are..." Out There. PETA. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2017.  ^ "Vegetarian StarShould Ben Lee
Ben Lee
Be De-Throned?". Vegetarianstar.com. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2017.  ^ " ARIA Charts
ARIA Charts
– Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 29 July 2016.  ^ "BEN LEE full Official Charts history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 July 2016.  ^ "Previous Winners Song of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 5 May 2010.  ^ "2006 Winners – APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 

External links[edit]

Official website Artist page on Dangerbird Records

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Ben Lee

Studio albums

Grandpaw Would
Grandpaw Would
(1995) Something to Remember Me By
Something to Remember Me By
(1997) Breathing Tornados
Breathing Tornados
(1998) hey you. yes you. (2002) Awake Is the New Sleep
Awake Is the New Sleep
(2005) Ripe (2007) The Rebirth of Venus
The Rebirth of Venus
(2009) Deeper into Dream
Deeper into Dream
(2011) Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work (2013) Love Is the Great Rebellion (2015)


The Dirty Little Secret (2002) Into the Dark (2005)


"Cigarettes Will Kill You" "Ship My Body Home" "Nothing Much Happens" "Tornados" "Freediving" "Dead or Anything" "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" "Running with Scissors" "Gamble Everything for Love" "Catch My Disease" "We're All in This Together" "In My Life" "Love Me Like the World Is Ending" "Numb" "American Television" (radio promo) "I Love Pop Music" "Song for the Divine Mother of the Universe"

Other songs

"What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)?"


Odd Man Out Tour

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Darren Cross Paul "Presser" Towner Burke Reid

Brad Herdson Ben Lee

Studio albums

Children of Telepathic Experiences
Children of Telepathic Experiences
(1998) When Young Terrorists Chase the Sun
When Young Terrorists Chase the Sun
(2001) Bad Blood (2003) 4 (2006)


"Who's Ya Daddy?"

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ARIA Award for Single of the Year

"You're the Voice" by John Farnham
John Farnham
(1987) "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil
(1988) "Under the Milky Way" by The Church (1989) "Crying in the Chapel" by Peter Blakeley
Peter Blakeley
(1990) "I Don't Wanna Be with Nobody But You" by Absent Friends (1991) "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Remix)" by Yothu Yindi
Yothu Yindi
(1992) "The Day You Went Away" by Wendy Matthews (1993) "The Honeymoon Is Over" by The Cruel Sea (1994) "Tomorrow" by Silverchair
(1995) "Where the Wild Roses Grow" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
and Kylie Minogue (1996) "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
Savage Garden
(1997) "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia
(1998) "The Day You Come" by Powderfinger
(1999) "Don't Call Me Baby" by Madison Avenue (2000) "My Happiness" by Powderfinger
(2001) "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2002) "Born to Try" by Delta Goodrem
Delta Goodrem
(2003) "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet (2004) "Catch My Disease" by Ben Lee
Ben Lee
(2005) "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" by Eskimo Joe
Eskimo Joe
(2006) "Straight Lines" by Silverchair
(2007) "Sweet About Me" by Gabriella Cilmi
Gabriella Cilmi
(2008) "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun (2009) "Big Jet Plane" by Angus & Julia Stone (2010) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
featuring Kimbra

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ARIA Award for Best Male Artist

John Farnham
John Farnham
(1987) John Farnham
John Farnham
(1988) Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
(1989) Ian Moss
Ian Moss
(1990) John Farnham
John Farnham
(1991) Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
(1992) Diesel (1993) Diesel (1994) Diesel (1995) Dave Graney
Dave Graney
(1996) Paul Kelly (1997) Paul Kelly (1998) Tim Rogers (1999) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2000) Nick Cave
Nick Cave
(2001) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2002) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2003) John Butler (2004) Ben Lee
Ben Lee
(2005) Bernard Fanning
Bernard Fanning
(2006) Gotye
(2007) Nick Cave
Nick Cave
(2008) Daniel Merriweather
Daniel Merriweather
(2009) Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
(2010) Gotye
(2011) Gotye
(2012) Flume (2013) Chet Faker
Chet Faker
(2014) Vance Joy
Vance Joy
(2015) Flume (2016)

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