Number of songs: 1 | Total weeks on charts: 779 Appearing in a total number of: 30 charts | Total period running: 411 days
Lilly Wood and the Prick (stylised as Lilly Wood & the Prick) is a French alternative, pop and folk duo composed of Nili Hadida and Benjamin Cotto.
The duo was formed in 2006 when they met in a Parisian café and decided to collaborate on writing songs together.
After collaborating on a number of songs. In 2008 they made a cover of "L.E.S. Artistes" from Santogold. They also met guitarist Pierre Guimard who heard their songs on Myspace and offered to work with them and opened his studio for production of their work.
2008 saw release of their track on a compilation entitled Folk & Proud followed by in 2009 the EP of the duo Lilly Who and the What? referring to the stage name of the duo. It was released on Choke Industry independent label founded by Pierre Guimard and by Matthieu Tessier, the duo's manager. After 2009, they signed with another independent label called Cinq7.
Their first studio album Invincible Friends was released on 31 May 2010. On 9 February 2011, they were nominated for "revelation of the public" award for the Victoires de la Musique. On the official ceremony held on 1 March and broadcast on France 2, TV5 Monde and France Inter they won against competition in the same category from Ben l'Oncle Soul, Camélia Jordana, Zaz, Féfé, Guillaume Grand, Florent Marchet and Okou They also engaged on a tour including one at Olympia Paris on 1 June 2011. Their follow up album was The Fight released on 5 November 2012.
Nili Hadida, vocalist of the band, is a French-Israeli singer born in 1986 in Tel Aviv, Israel. She lived in England before moving to California before residing in Paris following a music career singing mostly French variety songs (including 1980s and jazzy ballads. Favorite interpretations included songs by Elliott Smith and Fiona Apple.
Benjamin Cotto, guitarist
During live shows, the duo are joined by musicians Pierre Guimard (guitar, basse) and Mathias Fisch (drums).
In September 2010, Clément Fonio joined as bass player. In January 2011, Fonio was replaced by Mathieu Denis (bass, keyboards).