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Justine Elinor Frischmann (born 16 September 1969) is an English singer and guitarist, best known as being the lead singer of the now defunct band, Elastica. In the last few years, she has gained a reputation as an abstract painter.

Early life

Justine Elinor Frischmann was born in Twickenham, Middlesexmarker, to Willem Frischmann, a Jewish-Hungarianmarker Holocaust survivor who is chairman of the Pell Frischmann company of consulting engineers, and to a Jewish-Russianmarker mother.

Frischmann attended St Paul's Schoolmarker, before studying Architecture at University College Londonmarker. Initially, Frischmann had wanted to pursue art, but after her father expressed doubts, she agreed to stop going to art college and attend Bartlett School of Architecture at University College Londonmarker, where she spent six years studying architecture.



Frischmann began dating Brett Anderson in 1989 and together they founded the band Suede. She left the band in 1991.


Frischmann later founded and fronted her own band, Elastica, which was formed in 1992 and emerged in 1993 with the single "Stutter" with help from BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq. They were signed to his label, Deceptive Records and band members were: Frischmann on vocals/guitar, Donna Matthews on guitar, Annie Holland on bass and Justin Welch on drums. In 1995, Elastica was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for their album Elastica. The band was signed by Geffen Records in 1993, and went on to sell over a million copies world wide.

From 2002-2003, Frischmann collaborated with her friend and flatmate M.I.A. co-writing songs on her first album Arular, most notably its 2003 single "Galang."


In 2003, Frischmann co-presented a series called Dreamspaces for the BBC Television about modern architecture. She also wrote the incidental theme tune for Channel 4's Working It. In 2004 she presented the UK's premier and longest running arts programme The South Bank Show and appeared as a judge for the Stirling Prize for Architecture.

Personal life

Frischmann split from long term boyfriend Damon Albarn (of Blur) in 1998. Frischmann moved to Boulder, Coloradomarker in 2005, where she studied visual arts at Naropa Universitymarker, a small, Buddhist-inspired liberal arts college. In July 2008 Frischmann married a U.S.marker college professor. Her first solo art show, "Deposit and Friend of Deposit", was in 2008 at the Nalanda Gallery in Boulder. She now lives and works in the Bay Areamarker.


  1. "The after-life... musicians who decided to go and get a day job". The Independent 12-13-2008.

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