Music: The Presidents Of The United States Of America
"Naked And Famous" indeed!
To clarify, The Presidents Of The United States Of America have no actual presidents
in their band.
Just so we're clear.
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - also simply known as The Presidents
- are an Alternative Rock
band, formed in Seattle in 1993, who went on to release six albums and be twice nominated for Grammy awards. Their style combines the frenetic pace of Punk Rock
and Country Music
influences, which made them slightly atypical of the Seattle scene. They're currently made up of vocalist and "basitarist" Chris Ballew, drummer and vocalist Jason Finn with "guitbassist" and backup vocalist Andrew McKeag; Dave Dederer was in McKeag's position until he settled down to raise a family. The "basitar" and "guitbass" are actually regular six-stringed guitars that have been modified: one is a regular guitar with two bass strings, and the other is a guitar with three strings, with both tuned to C#.
Originally, the band played their music with a primitive drum machine (as heard on their early demos) before Jason Finn joined. They released their debut, Self-Titled Album
in 1995 on PopLlama Records. The record, on the strength of memorable singles like "Lump" and "Peaches," gathered such a following that it was rereleased on Columbia Records
later that year, and was certified triple platinum. The follow up, II,
was certified gold and didn't match the sales or the critical praise of its predecessor. After three years of touring, Ballew decided to spend more time with his kids and called it quits on the Presidents with the release of Pure Frosting,
which combined new material with live tracks and demos. Notably, this record contains "Cleveland Rocks," which became the theme song for The Drew Carey Show.
The hiatus didn't last long, and the band reformed in 2000 to release a new single, "Jupiter," and thus a new album, Freaked Out & Small.
It got good reviews, but sold 25,000 copies, and the band dissolved again only to reform again in 2004 to release Love Everybody,
and later These Are the Good Times People
in 2008, both on their indie label, PUSA Inc.
Their new album, Kudos To You!
was released in February of 2014, released via PledgeMusic and preceded by the video for "Poor Little Me."
The group have had a multitude of side projects, most notably Subset, a supergroup with Sir Mix-a-Lot
whose album never wound up being released.
"Scrolling to the trope list, gonna eat a lotta peaches..."
Well, okay, there's this