San Franciscan PowerPop band founded by childhood friends, vocalist/drummer/multi-instrumentalist Andy Sturmer and keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr. in 1990, from the ashes of AlternativeRock [[TheEighties 1980s]] band Beatnick Beatch. The group image was decidedly retro, a deliberately kitschy, brightly colorful, psychedelic look with gaudy bellbottoms, Dr. Seuss hats, frilly shirts, lollipops and umbrellas, a Flanderization of Music/TheBeatles' ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''-style fashions meeting a HannaBarbera cartoon come to life.

Musically, the band drew from many [[TheSixties '60s]] and [[TheSeventies '70s]], particularly in regards to catchy, sunny, singalong pop with playful, intelligent (and often [[LyricalDissonance lyrically dissonant]]) lyrics. Elements of {{Queen}}, Music/TheBeatles, TheBeachBoys, the Zombies, TheMonkees, TheBananaSplits, ElectricLightOrchestra, Badfinger, {{Supertramp}} and {{XTC}} shaped the style of the band[[note]]Manning first met guitarist Jason Falkner because he placed an ad for bandmates which mentioned XTC[[/note]], they had their own distinctive style, one which influenced countless PowerPop group following their demise in 1994. Their arrangements were meticulously detailed, and their songs [[{{Earworm}} had a tendency to stick in your head]] long after you've heard them.

Though the band failed to get much success in a mainstream way in the era of {{Grunge}}, and they only produced two albums in their short lifetime. They are known for [[OneHitWonder one hit]], the [[ThePartridgeFamily Partridge Family]]-like "Baby's Coming Back", promoted by a {{HannaBarbera}}-produced AnimatedMusicVideo.

!Members

* Andy Sturmer - vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar
* Roger Manning - keyboards, vocals
* Jason Falkner - guitars, bass, vocals (1989-1992)
* Tim Smith bass, vocals (1992-1994)

A whole bunch of other session musicians contributed to ''Bellybutton'', while on ''Split Milk'' the band were joined by guitarists Lyle Workman, Jon Brion (who also handled some of the arrangements) and bassist Tom Wolk.

!Discography

* ''Bellybutton'' (1990)
* ''Spilt Milk'' (1993)

!!Jellyfish provides examples of the following tropes:

* BandOfRelatives: Roger and Chris Manning were in the original lineup, though only Roger got to record with the band.
* EpicRocking: "Ignorance Is Bliss", written for a Nintendo tribute album.
** "Brighter Day" from ''Spilt Milk'' clocks in at 6:12. [[WordOfGod Andy Sturmer claimed in a radio interview in 1993]] that they were trying to fit in every sound from the rest of the album onto one track.
* GenreRoulette
* HurricaneOfPuns: Clever wordplay galore, courtesy of Andy Sturmer's lyrics.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: "He's My Best Friend" describes the protagonist's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar private parts]].
* LyricalDissonance: "Bedspring Kiss"; "Now She Knows She's Wrong"
* NiceHat: In their "The King Is Half Undressed" video.
* {{Retraux}}
* RevolvingDoorBand: Andy Sturmer and Roger Manning were the only two members to stay the course of the band. Interestingly enough, [[FaceOfTheBand they were the defacto leaders of the band]].