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

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, which is comprised of former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Taylor Hanson from Hanson, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger.

 

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." [Billboard via Daily Swarm]

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i like james iha

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Honestly, why don't you wait until you hear the album (or at least one track!) before slagging it off? Are you this closed-minded about everything, or is it just music?

Hyacinth

you know? Taylor Hanson is in his mid 20's now. don't you think you could have come up with a picture of him that isn't over 13 years old?

no, I guess not. You never bothered to do any research for your 'article' up there.

why don't you give this group the benefit of the doubt? all musicians involved are off the charts, talent-wise. I bet this will be a fantastic venture for all involved.

Anne

The word "s--t" is not allowed in the writing at PrefixMag.com, but the substance sure is.

jjb

I am giving this the benefit of the doubt--I said it "might" be awful.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

If this fits into my SXSW schedule I'll check them out. I dig Iha. And Hanson surprised a lot of people at last year's SXSW. I mean it's still not my type of thing, but it's along way from "mmm bop." Some good stuff might come out of this pairing.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/WilliamTrinity/william.jpg WilliamTrinity

Wow, you really did your homework for that post, that picture of Taylor Hanson is from what, only like 12 years ago? Awesome. I bet he still sound just like that too.

Bobby

I am giving this the benefit of the doubt--I said it "might" be awful.

___

And ... it "might" be wonderful, but you neglected to mention that. Saying that yet-unheard music "might (likely) be awful" can not honestly be considered evidence of an open mind. Anyway, you never answered my question. Are you this closed-minded on other topics as well? Just wondering.

Hyacinth

It's funny how this writer is judging the group before he's even heard any of the music! Wake up, idiot, this group will probably be awesome. And you probably should take a listen to the music Taylor Hanson (and his brothers) produce now. No power-pop in it!

IQ

Big Question: Where did these people meet?

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Not even where did they meet, but how?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/cessemi/in the mirror airbrushed.jpg Emily Tan

I know Schlesinger worked with the Hanson guys early in their career. Not sure about the others. I do know that Hanson sponsor an annual songwriters' workshop which draws from songwriters all over the world; it's possible that some of these guys attended.

Hyacinth

Taylor Hanson's voice is extremely unique. And Hanson's new music is outstanding. This group is going to be a beautiful musical love child. Just wait.

your mom

They could have met any number of ways. Perhaps they met at the annual songwriters workshop that Hanson host in Tulsa. Perhaps they met at SXSW. Perhaps they met at Sundance. I can think of a lot of possibilities.

Hyacinth

Maybe they all like air hockey?

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Do any of those musicians sing/play power pop?
Hanson had their moment, but they were uh, 12. so I think I'll forgive them.

Do your research buddy - none of these musicians fit the mold you've decided to place them in.

Jules

Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick are certainly power pop, and you could even argue Hanson are too. I'll give you Iha. Given the predilections of 3/4 of the band, I can't imagine this would be grindcore or Hyphy. It's going to likely be power-pop.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Most cynical post ever. You suck at life.

Everyone bookmark this page and come back after you've heard the music, which no doubt will surpass everyone's expectations.

scott

This is like the new Tokio Hotel thread. Yessss!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

I think you should wait until the album to comes out to judge the music, especially since Hanson's music has changed a lot since their Mmmbop days. Here is some of what Taylor posted on Hanson's blog on hanson.net:

Over the last couple years, Adam Schlesinger from fountains of Wayne and James Iha have been working on this project – We first met Adam years ago when we were making Middle Of Nowhere. So the deal is a band that I am mostly taking the vocals on, with James and Adam on bass and guitar, as well as the legendary drummer Bun E Carlos of cheap trick. All of us have just sort of made time for the creation of the album when we could over the last couple years, and now it is going to be coming out, with all the trimmings.

Personally, I'm excited to hear what the album will sound like. They're all talented musicians and I'd like to hear what they come up with.

striker

I certainly have a way of bringing it out of people don't I?
The only thing that's missing is a dude that looks like a broad...oh wait, that's Taylor Hanson.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

I think you made a great choice on the image.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/pill/mm_broccolijpg.JPG pill

Thank you Pill. That makes two of us.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

wow, and how would you feel if that was the hand you were dealt with your looks and someone made such a lowball comment on your appearance? you clearly are insecure in your appearance if you have to bash someone else's looks.

don't judge

andross is pathatic
nananananana

nana

Well, the image certainly fits the piece. It proves that the blogger (and I use that term loosely) is living in the past....

Sarita

@ don't judge--You're right, me making fun of Taylor Hanson looking like a pre-pubescent girl is evident of me having appearance issues. You totally nailed me. But how about the fact that Family Guy made that joke eight years ago? It's not like I'm the first (or the last).
@ nana--The word we're looking for is "pathetic." And I am.
@ Sarita-- I am living in the past. A past of two days ago when the thought of this supergroup was just a thought, not a depressing reality.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Is this a one time collaboration/album, or is this a band that is here for good? . I love the song Stacy’s Mom and read a review on EverHype (www.everhype.com/?utm_source=bc) that gave it 3 stars, but it’s hard for me to think about this sound melding with that of Smashing Pumpkins or Hanson. Has anyone heard them?

Candice Smith

No. If you read the post above, you'd know that they haven't played live yet. And the album isn't out either.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Everybody in music these days is close friends with Hanson. You'd be surprised at the notable musicians who have showed up at various Hanson concerts simply because they like the music. Billy Corgan for one.......

Maura

"Everybody"? Really? Billy Corgan counts as "everybody"?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Re-read her post, Andross. She never said that Billy Corgan is "everybody". However, Hanson do have a lot of friends who are established musicians. I'm sure you know all about Bob Weir and RatDog, for instance. (I still think that was A LOT more surprising than this lineup, and it got a lot of press, so I'm not sure why bloggers are wetting themselves over Tinted Windows.) And they've also performed publicly with lots of other diverse musicians, from Andrew W.K. to Jonny Lang to Blues Traveler to Ben Folds. Hopefully none of this is news to you (although from your comments, I'm betting you're just learning about it for the first time.) Some of their lesser known collaborations are with Carole King, Matthew Sweet, Sandra McCracken, and countless other musicians. Now they can add Iha, Schlesinger, and Carlos.

Maria

Are Andrew W.K, Jonny Lang, Blues Traveler and Ben Folds really diverse? I can get that they have friends in the music industry, but those are all white guys who make rock music. It's not like Joe Budden, Philip Glass, Antony Hegarty, and Brian Eno are chilling with them

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

As someone new to Prefix, I would like to say how awesome this all has been to read.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/drivera/a-milhouse-divided1png.png drivera

If you like this drivera, swing by the Tokio Hotel artist page (search Tokio Hotel in the artist search bar), or click on the only story on the Framing Hanley artist page. Those ones are where this one is probably heading.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

How many pop/rock musicians have been "chilling with" the musicians that you named, Andross? Within the genre of pop music, yes, those that I named are fairly diverse. And you can throw in Leon Russell to boot; Hanson have shared a stage with him several times. Also Les Paul. If I sit here another five minutes, I'll probably remember a few more. Yes, they're all pop musicians, as are Hanson and the other Tinted Windows guys. The point I was trying to make is that Hanson have collaborated with many credible pop musicians, making this particular collaboration not the "Oh!-my-God!" shockfest that bloggers seem to be trying to convince us that it is.

And I'm not sure why you keep trying to sell that Tokio Hotel page here. That is not a band that interests me at all, so I'm not going there. Sorry if you're disappointed by that.

Maria

Why would I be disappointed? I didn't tell you to go there.
And uh, plenty of people chill with the musicians I listed--Antony hangs with Lou Reed, the dude from Hercules and Love Affair. Joe Budden hangs out with other rappers. Brian Eno chills with Bowie, Coldplay, and David Byrne. Those people you listed are NOT diverse. They are diverse if you think someone playing a piano on a rock track is incredibly dissimilar to someone playing harmonica on a rock track.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Look at the music this dude listens to, on his profile. That'll tell you everything. And, he lives in sorry ass St. Cloud. What a sucker.

Your Mom

Your Mom: Ah, the music he lists isn't so bad. At least I like Beirut and Radiohead. And my daughter used to like The Thermals. And plenty of people see Led Zep as being icons, although the truth is that they're overrated. Kind of a mixed bag there, but not terrible really.

Maria

@ Your Mom--I used to live in Oshkosh, WI. So, St. Cloud is a pretty big step up. I suppose that does make me a sucker.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Also, I'd like to know where the idea to use "Your Mom" as a screen name to insult people came from. I think that's the least funny name you could use. Except maybe Taylor Hanson.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

don't be such an elitist. Can you really blame them for collaborating with artists they enjoy working with? what about for sticking to the type of music they enjoy? Sure, maybe they're not the most adventurous band in the world, but you don't have a leg to stand on if you're trying to convince us that Taylor Hanson isn't a credible musician. Your readers have already shown you otherwise. Maybe Hanson isn't the best band in the world or the most innovative but I think they're damn good and lots of fun to listen to, and my musical taste is highly diverse. I don't usually even listen to pop, I enjoy Bungle, Stolen Babies, Primus, etc. . . So stop pigeonholing people and the music they enjoy.

mshell

Wow. I think my IQ has dropped after reading this blog.

Mike

Wow. I think my IQ was dropped after reading your comment. Bazzing!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

YOU TELL 'EM, ANDROSS!!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

I will Banger. ETA on someone telling me that my IQ couldn't drop any lower: next three comments.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

No, Andross. I doubt your IQ could actually drop.

Queen Victoria

Totz Called it ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

You must admit, you set yourself up for that one.

Silver

I wouldn't say I set myself up for it. I would say I made it possible for a lameass to use that as a line.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Perhaps it's only a "lameass" who believes that your IQ appears to have bottomed out in this blog, perhaps not. There could be more readers than you realize who are finding that to be the case. They're not necessarily all "lameasses".

At any rate, when you post something quite this flameworthy, and then you make a crack about your IQ level, you are setting yourself up, whether you can admit to that or not.

Silver

Taylor Hanson looked like a prepubescent girl when he was a prepubescent boy. He's now 26 years old and looks like a man. Shocking, isn't it? He also has one of the more distinctive and soulful voices in pop/rock music. I think you're right, the music most certainly be power pop...but given the talent of all involved it will most certainly be very good power pop. I also think that you're just too funny a guy with too good a sense of humor to be allowed to get away with thinking a twelve year old no longer correct or relevant joke is funny. People who know about music just don't pick on Hanson anymore. You're getting called on it in this thread. But at least you're getting a lot of attention and chances to come up with good lines.

Lisa

Good point Lisa. Whoever wrote this stuff is a jerk.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

This thread is a beast. Wow.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Frosty/Kyle.jpg Kyle Lemmon

Yeah, this one has gotten huge and unwieldy at a record pace.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Lisa added me as her friend.
So there.

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I will admit, I was a tad bit shocked when I found out Taylor had strayed from his band (I have been a follower for almost 13 years - anniversary in May ;)), but I think it's awesome and I can't wait to hear the new stuff. And I do agree with Lisa! Taylor and his brothers have ALL changed. You should give their new albums a go (especially before forming an opinion of them). You may just be surprised.

April

No I may not.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Lots of people have been taking huge cracks at this band for one reason in particular and that's Taylor Hanson. To be honest, it doesn't shock me at how mean people are being about it. Most people halt at the mention of Hanson in any form because mentally people naturally think of 10 years ago when a group of Adolescents created a song... Mmmbop. They are all in their mid to late twenties now- hate to break it to all those living in the past, but they hardly sound twelve anymore. They've grown as musicians and they are good at what they do.

Yeah Hanson can still be considered pop, but more of an alternative blues type of pop... Not saying it's for everyone, but it's good stuff.

Hanson may not be up your alley when it comes to music, but that really isn't a reason to write of Tinted Windows so easily. You have no idea what this band is going to sound like. Taylor said himself that this was different from what they've done before so I think you may be surprised by the music if you actually gave it a shot. I'm not saying you'll like it because from the sounds of it, you've already got a predetermined opinion of this. You say you don't, but you chose to word this entire blog negatively for a reason.

The least you could have done was show a mild sense of respect and use recent photos... Taylor Hanson isn't consistently 14 years old even if you're juvenile sense of humor finds it funny.
You don't have to like this band, you don't have to think you'll like this band... you can state that you find it odd that they are all together, but you could have at least been tasteful and respectful about it.

I am personally very intrigued about what this newly formed band will sound like. Each member involved his highly talented and it'll be interesting to see what they've created together.

Anon

Oh and because you clearly didn't look into anything about this band beside the group members... Tinted Windows is already signed to a label. It's S-Curve Records, indie record company created by James Iha and Adam Schlesinger I believe.

Anon

Yeah, you tell that jerk that wrote this. He is such a jerk. He should give Tinted Windows a chance.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Interesting that Andross finds so much fun in this. Sounds like a case of big fish, small pond. I stumbled upon this site looking for actual music news on Tinted Windows, but it's obvious now that this site is just another opinion site and not a legit music source. Andross, you would probably get farther in your career and actually write for real magazines if you weren't so much of a douche. If you're going to make fun of a band/artist, at least be funny!

Jess

Yeah andross is a total a-hole. I hate that guy.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

My husband and I met Billy Corgan at a Hanson concert. He is a really nice guy. I have always been a fan of Hanson and can't wait for the new music. Hanson is a great group of guys. There is no other band that does so much for their fans. And the charity work that they do is amazing. And to plug them. This is a great song that they did for one of their fans that asked them to write a song with this title.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rk96Wjdb78

Erin

Hey, Andross, the good people of NotLame.com sent you a shoutout! Check out their blog here: http://notlameblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/band-to-watch-tinted-windows.html

Crystalline

Anon: S-Curve was not created by Schlesinger and Iha. It was created by Steve Greenberg.

Peaches

banjo

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Why do I find these comments so entertaining? I hope James Iha has dealt with his coke issues, cos it would be a terrible thing to corrupt any of those Hanson boys.

And I'll throw this in the mix, Fountains of Wayne last album (I think it came out 2 or 3 years ago) was actually really good.

Do I suck because I like power pop? Is that like admitting I like Cheese Whiz (which I don't but I thought something that awful might equate)?

Where do all these Hanson fans come from???

Gabi Porter

I heard all 3 Hanson brothers are dating each other.
Creeeeepy.

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It's been shocking how many Hanson fans have been traipsing into Prefix world. I heard that rumor too Banger.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Don't worry, Gabi. All three Hansons have performed with Ratdog on more than one occasion, and if they weren't corrupted by that, I doubt that Iha could really do it. As for where Hanson fans come from, well, we come about in the same way as everybody else. I'm not going to describe how it happens here; there are other sites for that. As for your rumors, well, sorry to disappoint you, but each of the three Hansons is married to a different and unrelated but equally beautiful brunette woman. All three wives are 25 years old. The Hanson guys are also all fathers now.

Gwynhwyfar

You know what, I'm gonna go ahead and say it--Hanson suck.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Ah, at last your comments have reached their true potential, Andross. You bring us all back to 1997, when all the boys in middle school saw things as you do. Many of those middle school boys have grown up since then. Some... haven't.

Jenn

Ouch. That hurt. Calling me a middle schooler. You must be in High School by now, huh?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

I'll defend Hanson's first two albums seeing as how they're terrific pop albums with some damn good choruses. Haven't listened to any albums since, but none of the songs I've heard have been that offensive.

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Hey Andross, do you think maybe the Hanson brothers are married to the SAME beautiful 25 year old brunette? whoa.

Gabi Porter

Fact: Hansons never wrote any of their material.
Fact: Hansons have never won a fight. Ever.

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Gabi, it is certainly possible. That would be polygamy-tastic.

I heard Hanson tried to fight NSync in the late 90s, but the only winner was 98 Degrees.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

why does this article have so many comments.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/mattycakes/Kate+Bush.jpg mattycakes

Hanson fans never leave their house.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Yeah, apparently Hanson fans get uber-pissed when people make fun of that band. I'm not complaining though. Lets get this to 100 comments in a week.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

I just got back from Salt Lake City, also known as Mormonville, and I believe I have the answer to your question Gabi Porter. You see Gabi Porter, the Hanson sisters aren't married to the same beautiful 25 year old brunette, but rather the same handsome straight-laced non-drinking man.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/theSchoenrock/luckyjpg.jpg theSchoenrock

I'll have you know that I am a Hanson fan and I do leave the house. I leave the house anytime I need to purchase the newest Hanson album. Those sisters are HOT!!!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/theSchoenrock/luckyjpg.jpg theSchoenrock

Fact: Hanson fans are liars.
theSchoenr orders all Hanson material over teh web.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Fact: Yes he does. He's my roommate, and I hate him. He has Hanson stuff sent here all the time.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

OMG THAT'S SOOOOO CUTE!
<3

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Read my comment again, or perhaps ask someone to explain it to you. I didn't call you a middle schooler. And actually, I graduated high school several decades ago, thank you very much.

Jenn

Someone get an mp3 of Kind of Girl and hook me up. plz and thanks?

B

You said I didn't mature past a middle schooler, which would, in fact, imply that I am, in at least state of mind, a middle schooler. Perhaps you should think these things over.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

So I see you couldn't get anyone to explain my comment, Andross. That's too bad.

Jenn

100 comments in one week? It is to laugh. Rolling Stone's blog got 345 comments in less than 24 hours on their Tinted Windows article.

Halina

but how many comments did they get on their tokio hotel article?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/pill/mm_broccolijpg.JPG pill

And how many comments mentioned the fact that Tokio Hotel look like broads? Or how many comments called Taylor Hanson a girl? So up yours Halina.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Andros - 10
Halina - 0

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Jenn, I just got my mom to explain to me. She said you were a mean old lady.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

hey, did Alf ever get to eat a cat?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

Andros - 10
Halina - 0

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Only if you're scoring the desperately moronic comments made on this thread. Even then, you are selling Andros short.

Halina

Awww, Andros, I hope she gave you a great big dish of chocolate pudding to make you feel better!

Jenn

Andros #1. Actually #2. I'm da best.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Andros - 25
Halina - 0

Banger > Andros > Daba

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

No Jenn, I'm allergic to chocolate. She made vanilla.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Andross>a turd>Halina

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

And no Alf did not ever get to eat a cat.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Tinted Windows > theSchoenrock > Grape Slushies +/- Banger > Alf^(1/2) > Daba > Andross = a doodie

/site_media/uploads/images/users/theSchoenrock/luckyjpg.jpg theSchoenrock

OMG
ANDROSS - 149
HALINLALANA - 0

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Grape slushies do rule.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Don't listen to theSchoenrock. He's my roommate, and I hate him.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

I'm sorry you feel that way about your room mate. I live alone. It's one of the best moves i've ever made.

Room mates stink.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Aww, poor Andross. Somehow, I figured you'd have food allergies. I'll bet you were a sensitive child.

Jenn

So being born allergic to certain foods makes you sensitive? For a high schooler, you're really smart.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

As far as roommates go, theSchoenrock ain't so bad. He just cyber stalks me. We haven't taked to each other for six weeks, but he cyber stalks me ever day. I hate him.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

lol
sounds like a nice guy.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

Simmer down, dear Andross. I did not say that the presence of food allergies led me to conclude that you were a sensitive child. Several of your posts lead me to that conclusion, and the fact that you have at least one physical sensitivity only adds to it.

Don't worry, though. The mean old lady is now bored with all of this, and is leaving.

Jenn

Yeah right Jenn!!! You're not a mean old lady, you're just another person made up by andross. I know this because no high schooler would be making such stupid comments. Only a middle schooler such as Andross would. Also, those chicks from Tokio Hotel are hot!!! This is the right place for that right?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/theSchoenrock/luckyjpg.jpg theSchoenrock

Get out of here cyberstalker.

Wait, now that Jenn has picked up her toys and gone home, we might need you to build the comment count here.

So stay, you jerk.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Hm, so I saw something mentioned above about which musicians the Hanson guys are friends with/have collaberated with. I haven't read all of the posts, so I apologize if there are some repeats in here, but...
-Adam Green (Moldy Peaches)
-Will.i.am (Black-Eyed Peas)
-Eisley
-Beck
-Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone)
-The Good the Bad and the Queen
-Carl Barat (The Libertines)
-Leon Russell
-Weird Al Yankovic
-Ben Folds
-Matthew Sweet
-Michelle Branch
-Emma Daumas
-Gregg Alexander (New Radicals)
-Stephen Trask (lyricist, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
-Gus Van Sant (he plays guitar at some of their shows and directed one of their videos)
-Blues Traveler
-Les Paul
-Billy Corgan
-Radiohead (yes, really)
-Andrew W.K.
-Jon Crosby (Vast)
-Kate Voegele
-Steve Jones (Sex Pistols)
-Ric Ocasek (The Cars)
-The Other Ones (Grateful Dead minus Jerry Garcia)
-Carole King

Rumblefish

Hey Rumblefish--no one cares.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Yeah, Rumblefish, you didn't think this was supposed to be about music or anything, did you?

Just kidding. Rumblefish, your list is actually the most interesting thing on this entire blog. Possibly even the only interesting thing.

Electric Lash

How droll Electric Lash. You should be a stand-up.

Andross>violent diarrhea>Electric Lash

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Alas, poor Andross. I'm glad I don't know him well.

*Patiently awaits a barrage schoolboy insults from Andross and his small band of circle jerks, most likely involving reference to bodily functions*

Doesn't matter, I'm outta here too.

Electric Lash

See ya

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Um, Andross, you're actually the one who was inquiring about it awhile ago, so I guess you cared at one point.

Rumblefish

I never asked who they worked with. I couldn't believe that someone would consider a bunch of white rock bands as a "diverse" group of musicians.

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I kept an open-mind, but the first single is terrible.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Yeah, it sounds like a (boring) Cheap Trick song sung by a worse singer.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

"I never asked who they worked with. I couldn't believe that someone would consider a bunch of white rock bands as a "diverse" group of musicians."

Right, and there are quite a few people in the list who don't fit that mold, so I thought I'd list them. This thread is pretty much about Hanson, anyway. I'm assuming that's what you intended by using a solo picture of Taylor Hanson at the top.

Rumblefish

No, technically this is a thread about Tinted Windows, but everyone near the top started defending Hanson instead. Apparently most people bailed on this band already.

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I would love to see what this music savvy Hanson fans have to say about the quality of the first single. I had an open mind and to say it was awful might be an understatement.

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Well, since Hanson worked with Blue Traveler, they probably think it rules.

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Lil Wayne > Tinted Windows

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Andross > 50 Cent > Lil Wayne

Therefore:

Andross > Tinted Windows

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Well, I love the first single. Then again, I'm a power pop fan, and this is 100% pure power pop. If you like Cheap Trick, Badfinger, Big Star, The Raspberries, etc. you're going to like Tinted Windows as well. If you don't, you won't. Simple as that. Tinted Windows doesn't sound much like Hanson, so I'm not sure what the consensus of Hanson fans is going to be.

Ellen

Hanson fans only care that Hanson once worked with Blues Traveler. That makes Hanson legitimate, in their eyes.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

I wonder if they are going to tour my mall.
Hmm...

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Yes, along with Blues Traveler.

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IS JOHN POPPER STILL FAT??

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Who cares, he worked with Hanson.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

You can't generalize about Hanson fans like that. And Hanson don't need Blues Traveler to make them legitimate.

Ellen

"Apparently most people bailed on this band already."

No, there are like 600 comments and counting on more well-known threads (Rolling Stone). That one is more full of whiny Smashing Pumpkins fans than anything else.

Also, I am involved with SXSW, and it's already known that it's going to be hard to get in to that show.

"Hanson fans only care that Hanson once worked with Blues Traveler."
Where did you get that idea?

Rumblefish

Due to the fact that everyone on this thread trying to make Hanson seem more important than they are use the fact that they worked with Blues Traveler as indicative of some kind of legitimacy.

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Fact: Hanson Fans are not attractive.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

True dat.

50 Cent > Blues Traveler Fans > Hanson Fans

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Woah. That's pretty bad.

Hanson fans are the worst.

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Haha, I think there's a good mix. My favorite Hanson fan ever was a guy with a multi-colored mohawk in biker gear behind me at a Halloween Hanson show.

In between every song he'd yell "YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!" and then spit some tobacco in to a tin. Ew.

Rumblefish

Wow, this thread has gone off the deep end. You're definitely showing your true colors.

Jess

Jess is ugly.

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LEAVE HANSON ALONE!!!!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/theSchoenrock/luckyjpg.jpg theSchoenrock

Banger > Jess > theSchoenrock

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Hanson fans are hot ;)
Take me for example..

Natalie

Pffffffft. Liar.

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That was an amazingly intellectual insult Banger. How is it that you know how attractive I am?

Jess

You all should check it out before you write it off! There's a tune up on their myspace and on youtube. It's actually pretty good!

mama

Banger is Cyberstalking you, that's how.

And no mama, that song is not "pretty good." It's "pretty awful."

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I'm a pretty music-savvy hanson fan and this song is godawful. I'm really disappointed. Hanson's last album was way better than this.

mshell

I think music-savvy Hanson fan is an oxymoron. But agreed on the song being total butt.

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I agree that you're being a total butt. Atleast these guys are out there trying,and the best you canb come up with is godawful? Give me a break. You're not even a legit music writer. I bet you're some dude who still lives at home with his mom eating hohos and playing world of war all day posting on here as a break. It makes me angry that some illegitamate "blogger" is so quick to judge people he doesn't even know. I hope your next girlfriend is a huge Hanson fan,atleast maybe then you'd see what an ass you are. And yes, I am a Hanson fan. And yes, I like the new band, so you can suck it andross.

manna

You totally nailed me Manna. I can't believe you even knew what my hostess cake of choice was. You are incredible. My hat goes off to you.

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jimmy hat?

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Natch.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Since when is 'atleast' one word? Was the dictionary revised while I was drunk or some thing? Ha.

Gabi Porter

And what game is "world of war" I have never heard of such game.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

i saw them at sxsw, and can only think of two words to describe them. Jonas Brothers

aaron

You seriously need to pull your head out of your butt. Everytime someone hears Hanson it is automatically unacceptable. They are in their mid-late 20's GET OVER IT. Hanson has accomplished more than you EVER will. Tinted Windows has tons of fans and they have been a band for a mere few months. I don't understand the close-mindedness. Besides, TW is better than 99% of the pop crap on the radio.

Musicfan

Yeah, you tell that Andross a-hole. Oh, wait.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Why so negative?Individually, the members of Tinted Windows are great musicians.

Not everyone may be into pop as much as others, but in the '90s, Hanson's Middle of Nowhere album was a solid pop experience that was catchy and enjoyable for many ('Mmmbop 'became number one in twenty sumthin' countries which is undeniably a wonderful accomplishment and many singers popular today like Taylor Swift, etc. has expressed long-time love for Hanson music.Even Third Eye Blind frontman has also appreciated Hanson's passion for music.Not that it matters 'coz what really matters is Hanson's love for music and they just keep doing what they love doing)...Also, if people listened to Hanson's Snowed In Christmas album, it is something the whole family can enjoy. And really, Hanson's "Merry Christmas, Baby", "What Christmas Means to Me" and "Run Rudolph Run" are truly actually awesome Christmas songs you can play during Christmas, no matter what year it is...Meaning, Hanson music actually has that timeless quality...Kinda like the Jackson 5 music-they sound like kids 'cz they WERE kids yet they are just timeless...Anyway, newer Hanson music like the entire Underneath album (2004) is a MASTERPIECE. The previous This Time Around album, I did not like as much as other Hanson albums. When the Underneath album was out and I listened to it song after song, I was so astonished how EACH AND EVERY TRACK was stellar. And to think HANSON released that album INDEPENDENTLY. Nearing/in their twenties, they have decided to break away from the major label Island Def Jam due to creative differences and start their own independent label, 3CG Records. How AWESOME is that. They took a risk, all for the love of music...Underneath was their first album under that independent label. It even reached Number One in the independent album Billboard charts. Not that it matters SO much because what matters for Hanson and their fans is the passion they have for their music.

Also, take a listen to newer Hanson songs like "Been There Before" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMk7oXWR_U0), "Love Somebody to Know" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06vrsXy12AQ) and tell me that ain't good music. Listen to the whole Underneath album. The Underneath album is the best they produced, aside from Middle of Nowhere. And to think Hanson does this mostly by themselves. They write/co-write and compose their own music and play their own instruments. Here's a video of Taylor playing live singing a song from the Underneath album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJneTVvlaL0. Great musicianship right there.

visitor

...(continuation) Anyway, Tinted Windows sounds different from Hanson. It was at first BIZARRE to see and hear their Kind of a Girl video. It is so not Hanson. That's because it isn't.

Did more research about this band and what on earth Taylor was doing(hehe) and I found out that it was intended to sound that way! It was powerpop, with '60s or '70s influence. So THAT's why they sound so retro!!!

After doing more research on the band and how it came about, I understood the band and the music more and I appreciated it as it is. I get it. I saw an interview where Iha said that their music/lyrics are "not deep." Taylor said they are "non-ironic." Adam said something like they just want "simple lyrics, loud guitars with Taylor singing..."

That's why I appreciated the simplicity of it. And their aim. Just fun and love for music, specifically powerpop.

The band is not pretentious.They are all friends who enjoy the genre of powerpop and want to have fun performing it. They don't expect or aspire for money or all the fame...They don't take the entire thing too seriously in that sense that there is no pressure. The band has said that what they love about being in this band is that this is "not a pressure situation" for any of them. It is a "fun diversion." They also said they did not overthink it.

Dig Kind of a Girl and Back with You, most especially when Taylor sings this in an acoustic setting. He tends to blow ppl away when he sings live and acoustic (like he always does with Hanson performances, when it was 1997, 2005, and up to present time)

Here's an acoustic performance of Tinted Windows with Taylor's unique charisma and great voice:

Kind of a Girl (acoustic) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W-f4pH1Lig

For those curious how Tinted Windows formed, here are some fun interviews w/ the band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOXlRHI0068
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPD4WnvMF-c

visitor

about the comment re Blues Traveler, I didn't even know who they were before I heard abt them through Hanson. (I found out in an article that Hanson was working with them.)

Hanson mentioned musical influences I admit I did not quite know back then when I was younger. I've heard of those musicians they've mentioned, but I haven't listened to all of their songs/really took time to get to know and appreciate their music. Back in the '90s, Hanson said in interviews that, among others, they were into Billy Joel, Beach Boys, The Beatles, Chuck Berry,and others. I've actually looked up those artists and their music out of curiosity. I listened to the whole CD of The Beatles somebody gave my mom just out of curiosity. Hanson has a lot of old school influences which I got curious to look up and I've discovered other great music/other genres of music through them. The fact that Hanson is very personal and passionate with their music makes me appreciate the creative process of music more and also be open to discover other genres and styles of music and really see music as an art that musicians craft and work hard for. I love Hanson music. Tinted Windows has a very different sound, and I enjoy three songs of theirs and appreciate the fact that they are doing it all for fun and their love of music (powerpop genre)

visitor

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