Someone recently sent me a link suggestion to a very old site of mine on Fullerton College servers. I thought I’d copy it over here since I had a lot of info and photos on there! I may have to touch up some of those old photos later. Some of these are pretty old (as old as 2002 when I got my first digital camera!)
UPDATE: On a sort of related note here’s an updated, comprehensive guide on how to play indie guitar on Beginner Guitar HQ.
It is completely free and you can find it here: https://
Here’s that website I was asked to link to since I don’t think I still have access to my old FJC site:
Indie Pop Artists & Live Photos
Aberdeen: The band formed in 1993 and by 1994 was signed to the seminal British label Sarah Records; they were, along with the better-known East River Pipe and the lesser-known Springfields, one of the only American acts on Sarah. Aberdeen also released recordings through Sunday Records and the Tremolo Arm Users Club. After Sarah folded in 1995, so did the band. They reformed in 2001, signed to Tremolo, and released a full-length album, Homesick and Happy to be Here, two singles, and a maxi-CD.
- Acid House Kings is a Swedish indie pop band. It was founded in 1991 by Joakim Ödlund (also in the bands Poprace, Double Dan, and Starlet) and brothers Niklas (Red Sleeping Beauty) and Johan Angergård (Club 8, The Legends, Poprace).With the release of their first album, Pop, Look & Listen, they supposedly decided on a 10 year plan to release an album every five years to have a trilogy of albums released by the year 2002, a plan that eventually worked out exactly as scheduled.
- The Aislers Set is an indie pop band that formed in San Francisco in 1997 after the break up of chief songwriter Amy Linton’s former band Henrys Dress. The Aislers Set’s music is heavily influenced by C86-style British indie pop.
- All Girl Summer Fun Band (AGSFB), is a Portland based twee-pop quartet made up of Kathy Foster, Jen Sbragia, Kim Baxter, and Ari Douangpanya. Baxter met Sbragia after a Softies show, when Baxter gave Sbragia a tape of her music. That summer, Baxter asked each of the girls if they wanted to start an “all girl summer fun band.” Although the other three hadn’t met before, they all agreed, and the band was formed.After releasing an EP and several singles, they joined K Records. K released two albums for the band, an eponymus debut and follow-up 2, as a four-piece before Ari left in 2005 to raise her son. The remaining members plan to continue as a three-piece. The band also works at Portland’s Rock and Roll Camp for Girls. The members of AGSFB play in various other bands. Kim plays in Viva Voce, Kathy in The Thermals and Jen in The Softies, amongst others.
- The Apples in Stereo
is an American indie rock band associated with the innovative Elephant Six Collective, a group of bands also including Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal and The Olivia Tremor Control. The band is largely a product of lead vocalist/guitarist Robert Schneider, who writes the majority of the band’s music and lyrics. Currently, The Apples in Stereo also includes longstanding members John Hill (rhythm guitar) and Eric Allen (bass), as well as new members Bill Doss (keyboards), John Dufilho (drums) and John Ferguson (keyboards).They are best known for their bright, catchy lyrics and 60s pop/rock sound that often invokes comparisons to The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys, and, with the release of New Magnetic Wonder, Electric Light Orchestra.
Architecture in Helsinki is an Australian musical collective based in the suburb of Northcote in Melbourne. The group consists of Cameron Bird, Gus Franklin, Jamie Mildren, Sam Perry, and Kellie Sutherland.Most of the band members can play multiple instruments. Their music makes use of a wide range of instruments, from more novel instruments such as analog synthesizers, samplers, the glockenspiel and handclaps; to concert band instruments like the trumpet, tuba, trombone, clarinet and recorder; and the more standard guitars, bass and drums.
The band has been on multiple national and international tours. They have toured the United States with acts such as Death Cab for Cutie and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and opened for David Byrne, The Polyphonic Spree, Yo La Tengo and Belle & Sebastian.
- The Bats are an influential New Zealand rock band formed in 1982 in Christchurch by Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant(drums), Robert Scott (guitar, vocals) and Kaye Woodward (vocals, other instruments). Though primarily a Christchurch band, The Bats have strong links to Dunedin and are usually grouped in with the Dunedin Sound bands that emerged from that southern city in the early 1980s.
- Bearsuit are an indie band from Norwich, UK. They currently release records on the Fantastic Plastic andFortuna Pop! labels in the UK and Micro Indie in the US. They have also released records under their own Bearslutlabel, and many of their 7 inch singles were released through the Sickroom Gramaphonic Collective (Sickroom GC). Like nearly every other band in this genre, they have frequently been compared to Scottish indie giants Belle And Sebastian but have a style very much their own, mixing sweet indie-pop melodies, stop-start rhythms, quirky electronics, and lots of noise. A still better comparison would be to the Australian octet Architecture in Helsinki.
- Beat Happening is an American indie rock band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982. Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford have been the band’s continual members. Beat Happening were early leaders in the American indie rock and lo-fi movements, noted for their use of primitive recording techniques, disregard for the technical aspects of musicianship, and songs with subject matters of a childish or coy nature.
- Belle and Sebastian are an indie pop band formed in Glasgow, Scotland in January 1996. They have been called the greatest Scottish band ever, and are one of the most celebrated groups of the1990s. Belle & Sebastian are often compared to influentialindie bands such as The Smiths, as well as classic rock acts such as Love, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake. The name Belle & Sebastian is inspired by Belle et Sébastien, a children’s book by French writer Cécile Aubry. Lauded by critics, Belle & Sebastian’s “wistful pop” has nevertheless enjoyed only limited commercial success.After releasing a number of albums and EPs on Jeepster Records, they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States.
The Bird and the Bee is an indie/pop/alternative musical duo from Los Angeles, consisting of musicians Greg Kurstin (“bee”) and Inara George (“bird”). Kurstin, a producer and keyboardist who has worked with Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beck, The Flaming Lips, Kylie Minogue and Red Hot Chili Peppers, is also a member of the band Geggy Tah. Inara George and Kurstin met while the two were working on her debut album and they decided to collaborate on ajazz-influenced electro pop project. Their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, was released on October 2006 and their debut album was released on January 23,2007 on Blue Note Records.
- BMX Bandits is a Scottish 1960s-influenced guitar pop band who have been making music from 1986 to the present day. They shared members with other Belshill bandsTeenage Fanclub and The Soup Dragons. BMX Bandits were formed by songwriter and lead vocalist Duglas T. Stewart out of the ashes of The Pretty Flowers, a group that featured Stewart alongside Frances McKee (later of The Vaselines), Sean Dickson and Norman Blake. The group have had many line up changes throughout the years but have always reflected Stewart’s individual, quirky and romantic world view. Their songs mix highly melodic qualities with strong arrangements and humour with, at times, raw and heartbreaking pathos. Stewart has written many of the group’s strongest works solo including Your Class, The Sailor’s Song and Doorways but also has collaborated with many of the other members. Stewart’s most regular songwriting partners have been Francis MacDonald, Norman Blake and, more recently, David Scott.
- The Boy Least Likely To are an English indie pop/country duo, comprised of composer/multi-instrumentalist Pete Hobbs and lyricist/singer Jof Owen.Owen and Hobbs both grew up in the village of Wendover inBuckinghamshire. They met when they were still in school and started writing songs together. They began writing and recording songs for The Boy Least Likely To in the summer of 2002. The group created the independent label Too Young to Die as a means to release their music. Their first release was the 7″ single “Paper Cuts” in 2003. They released three singles and completed the recording of their debut album before they played any live shows. Their debut album The Best Party Ever was released in the UK in February of 2005. The album was released in the United States in late Spring 2006.
- Bunnygrunt are an American indie pop band from St. Louis, Missouri comprised of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harnish and drummer/vocalist Karen Ried.
- Camera Obscura was formed in 1996 by Tracyanne Campbell, John Henderson, and Gavin Dunbar. The band’s first releases were the singles “Park and Ride” and “Your Sound” in 1998. The Rare UK Bird EP followed in 1999.Camera Obscura’s first album, Biggest Bluest Hi Fi, was recorded in 2000 and released in 2001. The album was supported by John Peel and charted in several independent music charts. The band’s second album Underachievers Please Try Harder was released in 2003 and was followed by Camera Obscura’s first full tour of Britain and Irelandand the band’s first tour of the United States. Founding member John Henderson left Camera Obscura following this tour.Camera Obscura recorded their third album, Let’s Get Out of This Country, in 2005. It was released June 6, 2006. The first single, “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken”, is aresponse to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions‘ song “Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?”
- The Cardigans is a Swedish band formed in the town ofJönköping in 1992. The band’s musical style has varied greatly from album to album and encompasses their earlyindie leanings passing through ’60s-inspired pop and more band-based rock.
- The Chills are a guitar and keyboard-based rock band from Dunedin,New Zealand.In terms of public acclaim, The Chills were possibly the most successful proponent of the Dunedin Sound in the 1980s and 1990s, although they never achieved breakout sales or financial success.
- The Clean were an influential first-wave punk band that formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1978. Led through a number of early rotating line-ups by brothers Hamish andDavid Kilgour, the band settled down to the well-known line-up with bassist Robert Scott. Early incarnations of the Clean included Peter Gutteridge on bass (who wrote “Point That Thing”), Doug Hood on vocals (who later worked withToy Love and founded the “Looney Tours” touring company). The Clean soon forged a distinctive and quirky sound that relied heavily on organ melodies and simple,Ramones-style chord progressions.
- The Clientele are a London-based British band with Alasdair MacLean onvocals and guitar, Mark Keen on drums, James Hornsey onbass and Mel Draisey on violin, keyboards, backing vocals and percussion.The band have experienced greater success in the US, where they are signed to Merge Records, home of bands such as Lambchop and Spoon, than in their native Britain. They have conducted several extensive US tours
- Club 8 is a Swedish musical group consisting of Karolina Komstedt (from the band Poprace) and Johan Angergård (Acid House Kings, Poprace). Formed in 1995, they were immediately signed to the Spanish record label Siesta. They released a single called “Me Too” and an album calledNouvelle on Siesta before deciding to move on to other labels. The sound at this point could almost be categorised as anorak pop with influences from Sarah bands, Jim Ruizand The Smiths.
- The Concretes are a popular Swedish indie pop band, currently composed of seven members. Much of their music focuses on simple melodies embellished with heavy orchestration.The Concretes began with Victoria Bergsman, Maria Eriksson, and Lisa Milberg. Since their formation in 1995, they have gradually acquired new members, growing into an eight piece band. They also have a number of “Honorary Concretes” who play on their records.
- Cub was an indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia which formed in 1992 and disbanded in 1997. They played a melodic, jangly form of pop punk which was dubbed “cuddlecore” by some music critics. Their song “New York City” was covered by They Might Be Giants on their album Factory Showroom and by Sophomore Level Psychology of Ottawa, and their song “Little Star” was covered by Washington’s Sicko on their album Laugh While You Can Monkey Boy.
- The Ditty Bops is an American band from Los Angeles, California. Though previously with Warner Brothers, they now self-produce. They are noted for their tight vocal harmonies and playful style. They are headed by Abby DeWald (vocals and acousticguitar) and Amanda Barrett (vocals, mandolin anddulcimer). Their music is reminiscent of such artists as Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel, but incorporates a variety of musical styles such as folk, bluegrass, blues,western swing, ragtime and musical theater. Their live shows are often very interactive, and have different themes and theatrical elements complete with props, costumes, skits, and amusing slide shows.Romantically involved since 1999, DeWald and Barrett met in New York City but formed The Ditty Bops years later after a hunt for a neighbor’s lost cat. When they unwittingly crossed into the backyard of a stranger, they discovered that he was a musician and an avid guitar collector. He encouraged them to form a band and start playing.
- Dressy Bessy is an indie rock band from Denver, Colorado, associated with the Elephant Six Collective. Guitarist John Hill also plays with The Apples in Stereo. Lead vocalist/guitarist Tammy Ealom formed the band with drummer Darren Albert and guitarist turned bassist Rob Greene in 1996. The name was taken from a popularPlayskool doll of the 1970s. Hill joined around the time they started recording. They released two singles and an EP in 1997-98 and licensed songs to some compilation albums.
- The Essex Green are an indie rock band from Brooklyn, NY. The band is primarily composed of songwriters Jeff Baron, Sasha Bell and Chris Ziter, and specialize in a classic sound inspired by 1960s–1970s pop and folk in the tradition of bands like The Left Banke and Fairport Convention.
- Fat Tulips are an indie rock band from Brooklyn, NY. The band is primarily composed of songwriters Jeff Baron, Sasha Bell and Chris Ziter, and specialize in a classic sound inspired by 1960s–1970s pop and folk in the tradition of bands like The Left Banke and Fairport Convention.
- The Field Mice were the most popular band on the seminal, cult indie label Sarah Records. Initially a duo from South London suburb ofMitcham comprising Bob Wratten and Michael Hiscock, their first EP, “Emma’s House,” was released in late 1988. But it was with their second single Sensitive that they first received significant critical attention with a subsequent placing in John Peel‘s 1989 Festive 50.Over a three year career the band were often dogged with the reputation of having a post-C86 indiepop or generic Sarah Records sound despite producing tracks with numerous styles and influences. Early singles and even their sleeves harked back to early Factory Records bands such as New Order and The Wake, with many tracks often featuring sequencers and samples. Many of the group’s recordings, notably Triangle and their epic seven-minute swan song, Missing the Moon, displayed a strong influence from the popular dance music of the time. Most of the group’s records were produced by Ian Catt, who later went on to perfect the pop dance sound of Missing The Moon withSaint Etienne and many other British bands of the early to mid 1990s.The band split up in 1991 after an unctuous tour to promote the For Keeps album, during which lead singer/guitarist Robert Wratten announced he was leaving.Later, Field Mice members Wratten, Annemari Davies (Wratten’s ex-girlfriend), and Mark Dobson briefly formed the more synth-oriented outfit Northern Picture Library, and then Wratten went on to form Trembling Blue Stars in 1995.
- From Bubblegum to Sky is an indie pop solo project created by Mario Ishii Hernandez of Ciao Bella. From Bubblegum to Sky’s debut album Me and Amy and the Two French Boys was released in 2000 under the Eenie Meenie Records label. His second album, Nothing Sadder Than Lonely Queen was released on the same label in 2004. His third and most recent albumA Soft Kill will be released on June 3rd 2008.On December 12, 2005, Hernandez announced that he will no longer use the From Bubblegum to Sky moniker and start anew as Seiko and Salome, the names of his parents. However, as of March 2007, Hernandez seems to dropped the new moniker in favor of using From Bubblegum to Sky once again.
- The Go! Team are an English, Brighton-based six piece band (with two drummers) whose songs are a mixture of action theme songs, cheerleader chants, guitars and earlyhip hop, with a hint of ’70s funk. Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources.
- Heavenly was a 1990s twee pop band, originally forming in Oxford, England in 1989. Amelia Fletcher (vocals),Mathew Fletcher (drums; Amelia’s brother), Peter Momtchiloff (guitar) and Robert Pursey (bass) had all been members of Talulah Gosh, a key member of the C86 scene which preceded the twee movement, formed in 1986.
- Holiday was an indie pop band of Yalies active on the East Coast of the United States between 1992 and 1997.
I’m From Barcelona is a pop group from Jönköping,Sweden, best known for its 29 band members and eclectic mix of instruments such as clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, banjos, accordions, kazoos, guitars, drums, and keyboards among others. While most band members provide backing vocals on releases and during live performances, Emanuel Lundgren is founder, principal songwriter and lead singer for the group.
Ivy was formed in 1994 when multi-instrumentalists Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger convinced Parisian born Dominique Durand, who had never before sung in a group, to venture into a New York studio and record a four-song tape with them. Dominique, who moved to New York Cityfrom Paris in 1990, first met Andy at a party, where he was playing with his previous band. She told him that his band was “not [her] cup of tea”. The two became involved in a romantic relationship, which lasts to the present day. Three years later, Andy and Dominique wrote a song, and asked Adam to play bass on demo. Adam persuaded Andy and Dominique to write more together, which eventually resulted in a five-song demo.
- The June Brides were an English pop music group, formed in London in 1983, by Phil Wilson and Simon Beesley of International Rescue. Influenced by Postcard-label bands such as Josef K and punk-era bands such as TheDesperate Bicycles and The Television Personalities, their mix of guitar pop with viola and trumpet formed a blueprint for many of the C86 bands that would follow.
- Kings of Convenience are an indie folk-pop duo fromBergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricately subtle guitar melodies. Both Øye and Bøe sing in their tracks, and both of them compose.
The Little Ones is an indie pop band based in Los Angeles, California. They were previosuly signed to Astralwerks Records and released one EP on that label, titled Sing Song. In 2006, Matt Costa invited them to open for him at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, which has brought them in a rise to fame. Unfortunately they lost their recording contract early in 2008 and were forced to postpone an upcoming album. Instead they released a new EP on Branches Recording Collective, entitled Terry Tales & Fallen Gates
- The Lucksmiths are an independent pop band from Melbourne, Australiawho formed in 1993 and have been associated with the genres of indie pop, anti-folk and retro-pop.The members are Martin “Marty” Donald (guitar), Taliesyn “Tali” White (vocals, drums), and Mark “Marky” Monnone(bass) and in 2004 they acquired Mid State Orange’sguitarist Louis Richter on second guitar. In the early 90’s, they met Chris Crouch, who informally ‘signed them’ to his record label, Candle Records. Crouch consequently began releasing their records, and they began to play the Melbourne indie circuit, most notably the Punters Club and later expanded to other Australian venues such as Sydney’s The Annandale Hotel or Brisbane’s the Troubadour.
- Maow was a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. A pop punk combo, the band was part of the “cuddlecore” scene led by cub.Maow consisted of guitarist Tobey Black, bassist Corrina Hammond and drummer Neko Case. All three members shared vocal duties.
- April March (real name Elinor Blake, born in California, April 20, 1965) is an American indie pop singer/songwriter who sings in English and French. She has also been a cartoon animator, including a stint as a principal animator for the Ren and Stimpy show. She lives in Ohio and is married to Warren Zanes, musician and Vice-President of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Magnetic Fields is a band led by New York City singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt. Albums released by Merritt under the name “Magnetic Fields” usually consist of synth-pop music in a 1980s style underlying clever lyrics, often about love, that are by turns ironic, bitter, and humorous. While The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees (now available together as a compilation) are sung by Susan Anway, later albums were principally sung by Merritt himself (though Shirly Simms handles about half of the vocal duties on Distortion.)
- Marine Research was an indie rock/twee pop band, based in Oxford/London (UK), formed in 1997 by four of the five members of Heavenly (Amelia Fletcher, Peter Momtchiloff, Cathy Rogers and Rob Pursey), following the suicide of Heavenly drummer Mathew Fletcher. The band were joined on drums by DJ Downfall (real name: John Stanley), who is also a solo recording artist.The band disbanded in 1999. Vocalist and keyboardist Cathy Rogers moved to the US, and became well known for producing and starring in the television show Junkyard Wars. Lead singer and songwriter Amelia Fletcher was also in the group Talulah Gosh and currently records with Tender Trap, alongside bassist Rob Pursey and drummer John Stanley. Guitarist Peter Momtchiloff now plays in Would-be-goods, Speed of Sound and Scarlet’s Well.
- Rose Melberg is a musician and songwriter from Sacramento, California who has sung and played guitar as a member of Tiger Trap, The Softies and Go Sailor as well as on her own material. She also played drums and made some songwriting contributions with the band Gaze. Melberg was raised by working musicians and following her appearance right out of high school at the International Pop Underground Convention in Olympia, Washington in 1991, she had almost instant success with the all-female Tiger Trap. The short-lived band garnered a cult following in indie-pop circles. Following the dissolution of the Softies, she gave birth to a son and lived with her husband and family near Vancouver, Canada, she returned to the pop world with her second solo album, Cast Away The Clouds. Melberg toured briefly for the album, including a spot opening for Belle and Sebastian.
- Memphis is a musical duo consisting of long-time friends Torquil Campbell and Chris Dumont.Dumont, originally from North Carolina, first met Campbell in New York City in the early 1990s. With Campbell’s childhood friends Chris Seligman, James Shaw, and Adam Marvy, the pair played together in a band called Luxe. Later, Seligman and Campbell would form Canada’s indie pop group Stars, while Shaw would go on to form Metric with Emily Haines, with Dumont continuing to work on the carousel in New York’s Central Park.Following the initial success of Stars, Campbell invited Dumont to visit in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Memphis was born. The duo’s first effort, an EP entitled A Good Day Sailing was released on Le Grand Magistery in 2002. Over the course of the summers of 2003 and 2004, Dumont and Campbell recorded the full-length follow-up, I Dreamed We Fell Apart, released in 2004 on Paper Bag Records.A follow-up, A Little Place In The Wilderness, produced by Dumont, was released on August 15, 2006, through Good Fences, EMI.
- Amy Millan (born December 3, 1973) is a Canadian indie rock singer and guitarist. She records and performs with the bands Stars and Broken Social Scene. Her debut solo album,Honey from the Tombs, was released by Arts & Crafts Records in 2006.
- Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (born September 17, 1974,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American musician. She has released five albums under the K Records label. She is close friends with and has collaborated with Phil Elvrum of The Microphones. She has worked extensively with The Black Cat Orchestra.
- Neutral Milk Hotel was an American indie folk band. The band’s chief songwriter, Jeff Mangum, played with a number of other musicians on the band’s two full-length albums. Notable contributors to the band’s oeuvre includeJeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (banjo/bass guitar/saw), and producer-instrumentalist Robert Schneider. Neutral Milk Hotel is a part of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, based out ofAthens, Georgia.
- Jim Noir (real name Alan Roberts) is an English singer-songwriter from Davyhulme, Manchester. Noir’s stage moniker is in homage to Vic Reeves, whose real name is Jim Moir. He has released two albums to date, 2005’s Tower of Love and 2008’s self titled LP. Tower of love and all of the precedingEPs were self-recorded at Noir’s parents home in the suburbof Davyhulme in Manchester.Noir’s music has been described as psychedelic popelectronica and compared to The Beach Boys, Super Furry Animals, The Beta Band, The Bees and fellow Manchurian Badly Drawn Boy. He is also known for a slightly eccentric dress sense, frequently appearing in a bowler hat. Noir is amulti-instrumentalist, playing all the instruments on his work.1 However, he uses a band at performances.
- Nouvelle Vague is a French musical collective led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Their name is aplay on words referring simultaneously to their “Frenchness” and “artiness” (the ’60s new wave of cult French cinema), the source of their songs (all covers of punk rock, post-punk, and New Wave songs), and their use of ’60s Bossa nova-style arrangements (bossa nova meaning “new wave” or “new beat” in Portuguese).
- Of Montreal is an American indie pop band formed inAthens, Georgia, fronted by Kevin Barnes. It was among the second wave of groups to emerge from The Elephant 6 Recording Company.
- The Ocean Blue formed in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1986, is an American indie pop band that combines melodic guitars and synthesizers. Its core-original members included David Schelzel on lead vocals/guitar, Steve Lau on keyboards/saxophone, Bobby Mittan on bass guitar and Rob Minnig on drums and vocals.Its current line-up includes David Schelzel on lead vocals/guitar, Oed Ronne on keyboards/guitar/vocals,Bobby Mittan on bass guitar and Peter Anderson on drums.The band’s sound may be best described as that of jangly guitar-based modern rock. Influences include such bands as The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, Echo & The Bunnymen and New Order. The Ocean Blue’s earliest shows always consisted of a healthy dose of covers by these aforementioned bands. To this day, The Smiths and New Order covers still punctuate concert encores.
- The Orchids were one of the most prolific, enduring and popular bands of the twee pop scene at Sarah Records. Formed near Glasgow in 1986, the Orchids released a series of underground singles on the hugely influential Sarah Records (see 1986 in music). The group’s line-up comprised James Hackett (vocals), John Scally (guitar), Chris Quinn (drums), Matthew Drummond (guitar) and James Moody (bass). Their producer, Ian Carmichael, often played keyboards on their records. The group split up in 1995, playing their final gig at the Sarah Records farewell party.
- The Pastels are a group from Glasgow, Scotland, UK.They have been described as an ‘almost pop’ group. As the description implies, the group have some pop elements but miss out on others, and have never charted. Their early records (1982-85) for labels like Whaam!, Creation, Rough Trade, and Glass Records, had a raw and immediate sound, melodic and amateur, which seemed all at odds with the time. But an emerging fanzine culture identified with the group’s sound and image, and slowly The Pastels started to influence a new wave of groups, which interested the NMEand other UK media.
- Pooh Sticks were an indie pop band, from Swansea, Walesrecording between 1988 and 1995. They were notable for their jangly melodiousness and lyrics gently mocking the indie scene of the time such as on “On tape”, “Indie-pop ain’t Noise Pollution” and “I Know Someone who Knows Someone who knows Alan McGee Quite Well”. The band changed direction on their 1991 U.S breakthrough The Great White Wonder, eschewing the ‘twee‘ British indie pop sound for a more American-styled Power Pop sound, akin to bands like Jellyfish and Redd Kross. Subsequent albumsMillion Seller, considered by some Power Pop fans to be the band’s best work, and Optimistic Fool followed in this style.
- The Postal Service is an American electronic indie popband composed of vocalist Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Headsetand Figurine.
- Razorcuts were an indie pop band formed in 1985 in London. The group centred around Gregory Webster and Tim Vass, with various musicians including Peter Momtchiloff of Heavenly. Early releases on the Subway Organisation label, including the debut Big Pink Cake led to a deal with Creation Records for whom they released two albums. Razorcuts split in 1989, with Vass going on to formRed Chair Fadeaway, and Webster joining The Carousel. The duo were reunited under the name Forever People in 1992 for a one-off single on Sarah Records.
- Shop Assistants were an indie pop band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1984, initially as Buba & The Shop Assistants. The original line-up was Aggi (Annabel Wright, later of The Pastels), on vocals, David Keegan (guitar), Sarah Kneale(bass), Laura MacPhail (drums) and Ann Donald (drums). This line-up released one single, the now highly-collectible ‘Something to Do’ which was produced by Stephen Pastel. Stephen Pastel also contributed backing vocals.Aggi left to be replaced by Alex Taylor. Soon after, the name shortened to simply ‘Shop Assistants’ and the first release under their new name was the Shopping Parade EP in 1985, whose track All Day Long Morrissey described as his favourite single of that year. This was followed in early 1986 with Safety Net, the first release on Keegan’s 53rd & 3rd Records, which topped the UK Indie Chart, and the band recorded national radio sessions with John Peel and Janice Long of BBC’s Radio One. The exposure they gained from the sessions enabled the group to have two songs to be voted into John Peel’s Festive Fifty in both 1985 and 1986.In 1986, they were featured on the NME’s compilation C86 with one of their slower songs, [It’s Up To You], taken from Shopping Parade. Also in that year, they signed to Chrysalis Records’s sublabel Blue Guitar for another single, I Don’t Wanna Be Friends With You as well as their first and onlyLP album, The Shop Assistants. This spent one week at number 100 in the UK album charts, which gives the band the distinction of being the (joint) least successful act ever to hit the national charts. The LP album was re-released on CD in 2001, although it is now very hard to find.The band split early in 1987, when Taylor left the group to join The Motorcycle Boy. After a two-year hiatus, the band reformed without Taylor in 1989 with Kneale on vocals and MacPhail on bass and the addition of Margarita Vasquez-Ponte of Jesse Garon And The Desperadoes on drums. With the new lineup they released Here It Comes and Big ‘E’ Power in 1990 before splitting again, Keegan joining The Pastels.
- The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. Critics have called them one of the most important alternative rock bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s, and the group has had major influence on subsequent artists. Morrissey’s lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst youth culture bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer-pop bands of the early 1980s, while Marr’s complex melodies helped return guitar-based music to popularity.The group were signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, for whom they released four studio albums and several compilations, as well as numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a growing following, and they remain cult and commercial favourites.
- Smoosh started as an American indie pop duo, consisting of two sisters, singer/keyboardist Asya (born February 2,1992) and drummer Chloe (born March 5, 1994). Recently their younger sister Maia (born September 5, 1996) joined the band for their Summer 2007 tour.1 At the time of their first album, She Like Electric, released on September 21,2004, Asya (currently aged 16) was 12 years old and Chloe (currently aged 14) was 10. All of their songs are originals with both music and lyrics written by the girls themselves. Maia, then not in the band, provided the cover artwork for both that album and their next, Free to Stay.
Stars is a Juno Award nominated Canadian indie pop band. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman, the band relocated to New York City and then subsequently to Montreal.
- St. Christopher is a British indie pop band formed in York in the early 1980s. The only constant member of the band during its more than twenty years of existence has been Glenn Melia, and, during this time, Melia and St. Christopher have recorded with many well-known indie labels including Sarah, Bus Stop, Vinyl Japan, Elefant,Slumberland, Caff, and Parasol. The band probably achieved greatest recognition for the single “All of a Tremble,” released in 1989.
- Talulah Gosh was a guitar-pop group from Oxford, England and one of the leading bands of the twee pop movement, taking their name from the headline of an NMEinterview with Clare Grogan.1 They supposedly formed when Amelia Fletcher and Elizabeth Price, both wearing Pastels badges, met at a club in Oxford. Formed in 1986, their original line-up comprised Amelia Fletcher (vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), her younger brother Mathew Fletcher (drums), Peter Momtchiloff (lead guitar), Rob Pursey (bass) and Elizabeth Price (vocals). Pursey left early on, to be replaced by Chris Scott.
- Tender Trap is an indie rock/twee pop band, based in London (UK), formed in 2001 by three of the five members of Marine Research – Amelia Fletcher, Rob Pursey, and DJ Downfall(real name: John Stanley).Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey were previously in the twee pop band Heavenly, and some have seen Tender Trap as representing a return to the pop aesthetic of that earlier band, albeit with a more electronic slant. On their first album Film Molecules, the songs demonstrate an eclectic mix of musical styles, with a clear nod to the similarly eclectic approach taken by The Magnetic Fields on their “69 Love Songs” album.The band’s initial intention was to be a recording outfit only, due to their hatred of transporting drums from place to place. They compromised by playing live but using a CD player for backing beats. Recently, though, they have teamed up with Claudia Gonson (of The Magnetic Fields) on drums, and will be playing live with this line-up. After her successful work as a guest vocalist on the Language Lessons EP, Lupe Nunes-Fernandez of Pipas has joined the band, providing backing vocals on their second album 6 Billion People.
- Tilly and the Wall is an indie pop group from Omaha,Nebraska. Their name originated from a children’s book called Tillie and the Wall, written by Leo Lionni. They are particularly noted for having a tap dancer, Jamie Pressnall, instead of a drummer.
Trembling Blue Stars is a London-based band that currently includes members Robert Wratten and Beth Arzy (who was also in Aberdeen until they split up in 2005). Begun as a side project of Wratten’s previous band Northern Picture Library, Trembling Blue Stars became Wratten’s main band when Northern Picture Library broke up in 1995. Wratten took the name of his band from The Story of O by Pauline Réage. The Stars are characterized by slow songs with jangly guitars and introspective, painful lyrics.
- Tullycraft is an American twee pop band formed by the members of two defunct indie bands, Crayon and Wimp Factor 14. Sean Tollefson & Jeff Fell (both of Crayon), and Gary Miklusek (Wimp Factor 14), created the band in1995. They are considered one of the forefathers of the American twee pop movement alongside bands like Black Tambourine, Tiger Trap, Lois Maffeo, Beat Happening, andThe Softies.
Voxtrot is an indie pop rock band from Austin, Texas, USA. The quintet is fronted by Ramesh Srivastava and also includes Jason Chronis, Mitchell Wayne Calvert, Matt Simon, and Jared Van Fleet. Their first EP, a self-made CD-R, was produced in 2003 and sold at a few independent record stores in Austin.Despite not having released a full-length album until recently, Voxtrot has received praise and mention from online and print publications, such as SPIN.com andPitchfork Media. For instance, SPIN.com noted that Raised by Wolves, the band’s first official EP, is “…a stunning mini-collection of John Hughes-heyday paeans, twitchy pop, and surging, Strokes-y dancefloor fillers.”
- Velocity Girl was an American indie rock band formed in 1989 in College Park, Maryland, although it was generally known as a Washington, DC-area band. The band took its name from a Primal Scream B-side. While much 1990s rock music featured an abrasive vocal and instrumental style, Velocity Girl’s sound, especially post-1993, was more melodic and typically featured “clean” (non-distorted) electric guitar sounds and two-part harmonies. However, on their first seven-inch records on Slumberland and Merge, as well as their first Sub Pop album, Copacetic, Velocity Girl were noted for their shoegaze influences. The band was noted for its love of releasing a steady stream of 7″ vinyl singles. Slumberland Records was formed in 1989 by members of several D.C.-area bands, including Velocity Girl.
- We Are Scientists is an American band formed in 2000 featuring Keith Murray (guitar and lead vocals), Chris Cain(bass guitar and backing vocals) and previously Michael Tapper (drums and backing vocals). In their own words, the band creates “rock music of the thoughtful, sometimes epic, often loud, vaguely danceable, implicitly humanist variety”.
- The Wedding Present is a rock group based in Leeds,England, formed in 1985 from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band’s music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall,Buzzcocks and Gang of Four.
- The Wombats are a three-piece indie band fromLiverpool, England. They comprise two native Liverpudlians; front man Matthew Murphy, provider of vocals, guitar and keyboards, drummer and b-vocalist Dan Haggis and bass and additional vocalist Tord Øverland-Knudsen, a Norwegian who has made his home in the city. The three met at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The school gave them the chance to play gigs to over 20,000 people in China. This was one of the band’s first trips to play outside the UK. The band are known for their lively stage presence and their stuffed wombat mascot Cherub.
- Yo La Tengo (Spanish for “I have it”) is an American indie rock band based in Hoboken, New Jersey. With more than 15 albums released since 1984, they have demonstrated unusual longevity for the indie-rock scene. They are frequently regarded as one of the definitive indie rockgroups of the 1990s. Though Yo La Tengo has achieved limited mainstream success, the band has become a critical favorite with a devoted fan base.