Friday, February 20, 2009

Band to watch: TINTED WINDOWS!

PhotobucketBruce brought to my attention the formation of the new supergroup Tinted Windows--check out this line-up: Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha, Hanson's Taylor Hanson, Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger. I think that this is a crazily awesome, odd group of musicians, but, look at that pedigree.

The one guy in there that I think that most people will have a problem with is Taylor Hanson. While the mainstream public only knows Hanson for their one huge hit--the infectiously catchy "Mmm-Bop", their albums are actually just as strong, mixing a bubblegum sound with sharp poppy hooks and great songwriting. I highly recommend at least picking up the budget compilation 20TH CENTURY MASTERS - THE MILLENNIUM COLLECTION: THE BEST OF HANSON, which can be bought used from Amazon, for, like, $4.00.

While I thought that most music blogs would be pretty excited by this news, check out what the snarky hipsters at Prefix had to say:

Tinted Windows: The Least "Super" Supergroup of All Time

At the Billboard showcase on March 20 at SXSW, the world will be, um, treated to a performance of a new supergroup called Tinted Windows...

The group has apparently already recorded an album, and are looking for a label. I'm guessing the material will mostly be power-pop, but it might (likely) end up being classified as "awful."

I know that the writer is trying to be "clever", but what is it in these guy's DNA that automatically makes them hate everything? Are their lives such joyless, fruitless searches for the "cool Grail" that makes them so utterly bitter? Give the music a chance before you urinate on it, Prefix! Geez...

Regardless, us here at NOT LAME Central are pretty dang excited!


Blogger Unknown said...

I'm totally with you on this, and can't wait to hear what this new band sounds like.

February 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Henning said...

That writer is just lazy is all.

If you put everything down all the time including yourself, then nobody can make fun of you.

Also, it's really really easy to be negative. It's easier to be "funny" when doing so and it's easier to get inspired, because negative writing flows so easily.

Anyway, I'm curious about what this band will be like.

February 26, 2009 at 12:08 PM  

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