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Spoon is a rock band from Austin, Texas formed in 1993. The current lineup includes founders Britt Daniel and Jim Eno, as well as Alex Fischel and Gerardo Larios. The group has a very catchy and distinct sound that blends classic rock/punk influences with the experimentation and techniques commonly associated with modern Alternative Rock. To date, they currently have ten studio albums to their name:
  • Telephono (1996)
  • A Series of Sneaks (1998)
  • Girls Can Tell (2001)
  • Kill the Moonlight (2002)
  • Gimme Fiction (2005)
  • Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
  • Transference (2010)
  • They Want My Soul (2014)
  • Hot Thoughts (2017)
  • Lucifer On The Sofa (2022)

Outside of Spoon, Britt Daniel has been involved in a number of side projects such as remixing and producing music for other bands like Interpol and White Rabbits, contributing to the original score for Stranger Than Fiction, and most recently, co-founding a new band with members of other established indie acts called Divine Fits. Their well-received debut, A Thing Called Divine Fits was released in 2012.

This band contains examples of:

  • Album Title Drop: A strange example. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is apparently named after the piano sounds in "The Ghost Of You Lingers".
  • Bury Your Gays: "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine":
    I wanna play the part of Eddie in The Stranger Dance
    He makes love to the duke
    He swordfights the queen
    He steals the whole show in his last dying scene
  • Cover Version: Spoon have recorded cover versions of songs, most of which were originally recorded by other independent artists:
    • "Don't You Evah" is a cover of a song by The Natural History, originally titled "Don't You Ever". Because The Natural History's album People That We Meet was delayed while they shopped for a new label, Spoon's version was technically released first by a few months - The Natural History's version was also released on Spoon's Don't You Evah EP alongside various remixes.
    • "Held" from Lucifer On The Sofa is a cover of a song by Smog.
    • "Towner" was originally recorded by aMiniature.
    • "Me And the Bean" from Girls Can Tell was recorded by The Sidehackers.
    • "I Just Don't Understand" from They Want My Soul was originally performed by Ann-Margret.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Their first couple of releases, while still fairly popular with critics and fans, have a "louder" and rawer feel to them that could catch people who heard their more recent and popular work first off guard.
  • Gratuitous Panning: "Trouble Comes Running". The vocals and bass guitar are in the center, the lead guitar and harmony vocals are panned to the right, and the drums are panned entirely to the left.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Despite albums like these becoming relatively uncommon by the late 2010s, Spoon still released Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon in 2019, complete with the new song "No Bullets Spent".
  • Instrumentals: Not very common in their output, but Girls Can Tell has the appropriately named "This Book is a Movie".
  • Looped Lyrics: "My Little Japanese Cigarette Case".
  • Miniscule Rocking: Frequently occurs on the first two albums as well as most of the tracks on Get Nice!. The shortest examples from each are "Primary" (1:10), "Staring At the Board" (0:54) and "Leave Your Effects Where They're Easily Seen" (0:56).
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice
  • Protest Song: "Don't Make Me A Target" according to Word of God.
  • Shout-Out: "The Way We Get By" mentions several songs by Iggy Pop and The Stooges - namely "Shake Appeal", "Some Weird Sin", and "Down On The Street".
  • Studio Chatter: At the beginning of "Don't You Evah".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: The quiet, piano-based lullaby "Goodnight Laura", on Transference.
  • Take That!: The lyrics to "Outlier" include a diss to Garden State.
  • Textless Album Cover: They Want My Soul and Hot Thoughts.
  • Titled After the Song: The band is named after a Can song.