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Music / Grandaddy

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From left to right: Tim Dryden, Jim Fairchild, Aaron Burtch, Kevin Garcia, and Jason Lytle

Summer here, kids
All of them, awful lies
Tourist info said I'd have a good time
— "Summer Here Kids"

Grandaddy is an indie Space Rock band from Modesto, California formed in 1992. They have released 5 studio albums in their 30 years as a band, and have received lots of critical acclaim, despite their lack of financial success. The band's music is characterized by fuzzy guitar riffs, warm analog synthesizers, and lyrics about technology and fear of change.


  • Under the Western Freeway (1997)
  • The Sophtware Slump (2000)
  • Sumday (2003)
  • Just Like the Fambly Cat (2006)
  • Last Place (2017)

Grandaddy's music shows examples of the following tropes:

  • But What About the Astronauts?: The protagonist of "Everything Beautiful Is Far Away" seems to be stranded on the Moon after a crash landing, slowly losing his mind from the isolation.

  • Epic Rocking: "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" is just under 9 minutes long.

  • Fading into the Next Song: "Nonphenomenal Lineage" ends with a synth sample that segues right into the opening of "A.M 180."

  • Miniscule Rocking:
    • Under the Western Freeway: "Poisoned at Hartsy Thai Food"
    • The Sophtware Slump: "E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping It Real)"
    • Just Like the Fambly Cat: "Summer... It's Gone," "50%"
    • Last Place: "Oh She Deleter :("

  • Title Track: "Under the Western Freeway"