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Charlie playing live with Drive Shaft

Drive Shaft is the rock band of which Charlie Pace and his older brother Liam Pace were founding members. The band was named for their great-grandfather, Dexter Stratton, whose initials appear on a ring passed down to the brothers as a family heirloom. ("Greatest Hits") The band found international fame after its first (and only) hit song "You All Everybody", which was featured on their self-titled debut album. They released a follow-up album, Oil Change, which was not as successful. Drive Shaft is a quartet; one member of the band has not been named on Lost.

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Members

In flashback

Drive Shaft album covers, from the $2 bin

Drive Shaft's success was short-lived. After only two releases, they were reduced to making commercial advertisements on the back of the success of "You All Everybody". This can be most notably seen in "Fire + Water", where the band is filming a commercial for baby diapers. Liam feels that the band is "selling out", which leads to his eventual leaving of the group.

In "Everybody Hates Hugo", Hurley is seen listening to Drive Shaft from a $2 bargain bin in their local music store.

On the Island

  • Kate notes that Charlie looks familiar. After he sings "You All Everybody"'s chorus, she realizes that he is a member of the group. In the same scene, Jack says he has never heard of Drive Shaft. ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Locke claims to have been a fan, preferring their self-titled debut album to the followup, Oil Change. ("House of the Rising Sun")
  • Naomi tells Charlie "they made a big deal out of you when they found the plane", but she had not heard of his band prior to coverage of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. ("Greatest Hits")

Discography

The live album
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Drive Shaft

The self-titled debut was a grand success, going gold an unknown number of times, due in part to the hit single "You All Everybody". The album was promoted with a Drive Across America Tour.

Oil Change

The band's sophomore release did not fare as well. The album did not break gold status on any charts.

Greatest Hits

Released after the crash of Flight 815, on which Charlie was presumed to have died, this album was "everywhere", according to Naomi Dorrit. ("Greatest Hits")

Live at Jakarta

This album was first seen in the Find 815 alternate reality game. Sam Thomas owns a copy.

Tours

Drive Shaft all-access pass (taken from the Oceanic Airlines website)
  • Headlined the Drive Across America Tour during the peak of their success from "You All Everybody".
  • Had toured Finland at least twice.
  • Were booked to open for Meat Coat for a comeback tour in Los Angeles. Liam's refusal to reconcile with the band, and later, Charlie's status in the outside world as confirmed dead, scrapped the tour.
  • Drive Shaft got their start at the Night and Day Bar on Oldham St, Manchester, U.K. ("Greatest Hits"). This is a genuine place (though it's actually called the Night and Day Café: official site). Due to its size it is a starting place for many new bands.

Oasis influence

So, I think Charlie thinks that his band is a little bit more important than they actually are. He's under the impression that his first album was kind of like Oasis' first album. Y'know, critically acclaimed, didn't sell big numbers, but y'know, in the industry, people gave it respect. What I think Charlie gets confused with is this idea that being on TRL a couple of times in America and maybe being in the Top 20 and having a little run of things over the summer, he thought they were turning into the new Radiohead or the new Oasis or the new Verve. Whereas they're actually probably more of a one-hit-wonder than he'd like to admit.


The band in the Lost storyline appears to have many similarities secondary to this influence:

  • Both bands have a lead singer called Liam.
  • Both bands formed in Manchester, UK.
  • There is a sibling relationship in the band (Charlie & Liam Pace/Noel & Liam Gallagher).
  • Both have four official members. (Oasis have no official drummer however, Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr plays for them on a session basis.)
  • Charlie sings backing vocals and is the principal songwriter, like Noel Gallagher.
  • Both sibling pairings have been known to feud over who sings certain parts of songs.
  • Liam refers to Charlie as "baby brother" much like Noel Gallagher's reference to Liam as "our kid" (Manchester slang for a young family member).
    Drive Shaft performing in concert
  • During the early years of Oasis, the band was known to be heavy drug users.
  • Liam Pace's stance at the microphone is similar to Liam Gallagher's.
  • The chord progression of "You All Everybody" is highly similar to Oasis's "Rock And Roll Star" from their debut album Definitely Maybe.
  • Charlie was seen playing "Wonderwall" as a street performer in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" and "Greatest Hits".
  • Charlie is seen in "Greatest Hits" saying that he was going to quit the band and as a result their tour would be cancelled which is representative of Noel Gallagher's famous "walk out" on Oasis touring in America, where he came back to the UK with the Union Jack Guitar raised high at the airport. This furthers the Noel Gallagher connection.
  • Liam and Noel Gallagher famously argued on the single release, Wibbling Rivalry, regarding what the band is actually about, with Noel saying that it is about the music, whilst Liam saying that it is about the groupies, drugs, and run-ins with the law. Charlie & Liam Pace argued about the same subjects at the time when the band was deteriorating.

Ocean Colour Scene

In addition to Oasis, Monaghan also mentions the band Ocean Colour Scene is a possible influence upon Jude's composition of the song "You All Everybody", and also mentions Prince and Beck as an inspiration for his singing voice in "Pilot, Part 1" on the Season 1 DVD featurette, Backstage with Drive Shaft:

Dominic Monaghan: I based the voice in the Pilot on when Prince puts on his female voice, for when he sings like, "If I Was Your Girlfriend" on "Sign 'O' the Times". He kind of affects this female voice, and Beck does it as well. So, I just thought, well, I have'a laugh, because I don't know what this song is going to be, so I might as well do the harmonies, which is why it became this, [Sings high-pitched] "You All Everybody", which actually isn't what it actually became in Episode 5 The Moth. But we just took the exact lyrics from that talk show and turned it into a song. We gave it over to this songwriter called Jude.

Bryan Burk: Jude is this amazing local L.A. singer-songwriter. Um, who I'd first heard of him because he had a song on the City of Angels soundtrack.

Dominic Monaghan: Him and his band just y'know, brought together this kind of, 'Oasis-esque', 'Ocean-Colour-Scene-y'[1], y'know, not great, but kind of not bad tune.

Trivia

  • Drive Shaft was named after the initials of Charlie's great-grandfather, Dexter Stratton. ("Greatest Hits")
  • Charlie was penning a new song about brothers for their next album, ("Fire + Water"), but never got to finish it, after Liam left for rehab in Australia. The lyrics were: "Funny now, you finally see me standing here / Funny now, I'm crying in the rain / All alone, I try to be invincible / Together now we can be saved."
  • Charlie says he played tribal flutes in a recording session. ("Tabula Rasa")
  • Locke ("House of the Rising Sun") and Kate are fans of Drive Shaft, whereas Hurley apparently was not.
  • Kate's friend Beth apparently 'loves Drive Shaft' ("Pilot, Part 1")
  • In a deleted scene, Shannon tells Charlie that she hates Drive Shaft (deleted from "Pilot, Part 2")
  • Outside of Lost
    • "You All Everybody" could be heard in the background of an episode of Alias, also produced by Bad Robot, and created by J.J. Abrams.
    • A real life band named Driveshaft existed in Cork, Ireland during the 1980s.
    • In issue #90 of Ultimate X-Men, on the last page a character can be seen wearing a shirt saying "Drive Shaft". Furthermore, an ad for Oceanic Airlines appears in the background as well as a partially-obscured poster advertising Lost.
  • A Drive Shaft tour poster (featuring artwork based on the U.S. flag) is visible in Damon Lindelof's office in *the DVD extra "Lost in a Day" on the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD), at the "4:39 pm Los Angeles" segment.

See also

External links

Unofficial fansites

  • Drive Shaft website - Fan-made spoof website
  • Blogspot: Drive Shaft Blog

This article uses material from the "Drive Shaft" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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