Mazzy Star is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989 from the group Opal, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Smith's friend Hope Sandoval became the group's vocalist when Smith left the band. Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band's material.
Mazzy Star's first studio album was “She Hangs Brightly,” released in 1990 on Capitol Records. It was certified gold. They released two singles from the album, “Halah” and “Blue Flower.”
Their second album was “So Tonight That I Might See,” released in October 1993. It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the U.S., and #68 on the U.K. Albums chart. The band released two singles from the album, “Fade into You” and “She's My Baby.” “Fade into You” brought the band some success in the mid-1990s and was the group's biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. Although never officially released as a single, “Into Dust” reached #71 on the U.K. Singles chart in July 2009 following download sales resulting from the song's use in a commercial. The track later reached a new peak of #47 in October 2011 when it was featured on the U.K.-exclusive trailer “Dust to Dust” for Gears of War 3.
In October 1996, Mazzy Star released their third album, “Among My Swan” which reached #68 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the U.S., and #57 on the U.K. Albums chart. Two singles were released from the album, “Flowers in December” and “'ve Been Let Down.”
After the release of “Among My Swan,” the band toured until early 1997, after which they would not be heard from for three years. During this time, Sandoval, who had appeared on The Jesus and Mary Chain's 1994 release “Stoned & Dethroned,” made another guest appearance on their final record “Munki,” and also collaborated with The Chemical Brothers.
In 2000, the band reunited for a mini-tour in Europe, which featured new songs that Sandoval later revealed in interviews would be on the new Mazzy Star record, which was also recorded during this time. However, these sessions were not released.
Sandoval would go on to found the band Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, and appear on recordings by Bert Jansch, Air and Death in Vegas. In November 2003, Mazzy Star made their last appearance (to date) at Jansch's 60th Birthday party, when Sandoval and Roback joined Jansch, his son Adam, and Colm Ó Cíosóig (of My Bloody Valentine) to play three songs featuring Sandoval on vocals including her solo track “Suzanne.”