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An American alternative rock band formed in 1986 and active through the mid-90s, best known for their Top 40 hit "All I Want". Their sound can best be described as a warm, relaxed rock style with some country and folk influence, although they do have some heavier songs under their belt. Their best-selling album, Coil, reached #19 on the US Top 200 list.

The band broke up in 1998, although they embarked on several small reunion tours in the following years. In 2010, the band announced a return to full-time recording and touring, and released their 2013 album New Constellation independently by way of a very successful Kickstarter project.

Band members:

  • Glen Phillips – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin, keyboards (1986–)
  • Todd Nichols – lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin (1986–)
  • Dean Dinning – bass, backing vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar (1986–)
  • Randy Guss – drums, backing vocals (1986–)

Former member:

  • Steve Brown – drums (1986)

Studio discography (notable songs in italics):

  • Bread and Circus (1989)
  • Pale (1990)
  • Fear (1991): "Walk on the Ocean", "All I Want"
  • Dulcinea (1994): "Something's Always Wrong", "Fall Down"
  • In Light Syrup (1995; outtakes and rarities collection): "Good Intentions"
  • Coil (1997): "Come Down"
  • New Constellation (2013): "California Wasted"

This band provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: "Hold Her Down" is an uncharacteristically angry, unsubtle song against rape - the band had concerns it'd be seen as exploitative to release it as a single, but ultimately did so because they felt the message should be heard.