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Spoon

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  • Formed: Austin, TX
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Group Members: Britt Daniel
  • Website: http://www.spoontheband.com/
  • Recent Activity: 08.24.16 RT @WheelerWalkerJr: A band I love is @spoontheband @brittdaniel.
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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Britt Daniel

All Music Guide:

With a heady blend of precision punk and serpentine classic rock (the band has drawn comparisons to everyone from the Pixies and Sonic Youth to Elvis Costello and Tom Petty), enigmatic, Texas-based indie pop outfit Spoon went from underground press darlings to one of the genre's premier commercially and critically acclaimed alternative rock acts. Formed in Austin by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon released its debut EP, Nefarious, on the small Texas imprint Fluffer Records in 1994, eventually re-recording three of the songs for its 1996 full-length debut, Telephono, for Matador. The album was noisy, hook-filled, and generally well-received, but it wasn't until 1997's Soft Effects EP that the group began to hone in on the tight, minimalist pop that would become its forte. A brief and tumultuous affair with Elektra Records began in 1998 with the release of A Series of Sneaks, and quickly ended after the band was dropped in the midst of an internal company shake-up (the record was reissued in 2002 on Merge with two bonus tracks that chronicled the group's disappointment with major-label politics).

It was with prominent indie label Merge that the band would go on to carve out its niche in the increasingly widening modern rock mainstream, specifically with Girls Can Tell (2001) and Kill the Moonlight (2002) (the latter spawned the single "The Way We Get By," which appeared on the popular teen drama The O.C.), both of which found the group taking a more adventurous approach with its sound. Released in 2005, Gimme Fiction soared even higher, debuting at number 44 on the Billboard charts and selling over 160,000 copies, while 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga made it to number ten and sold over 300,000 copies in the U.S., topping nearly every major critic's year-end list. Spoon, who by this time had become a fixture on soundtracks, television programs, and late-night talk shows, released its seventh full-length album, Transference, on January 18, 2010. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. After touring in support of the album, the band took a few years off. Daniel formed Divine Fits with Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, and the band released its debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, in 2012. Meanwhile, Eno concentrated on production work, collaborating with artists including the Strange Boys, Alejandro Escovedo, and the Heartless Bastards. Spoon resurfaced in 2014 with the announcement of their eighth album, They Want My Soul. Recorded for the first time with an outside producer in the shape of Dave Fridmann, the album was hailed by the band as its "loudest and gnarliest" to date. It was released in August 2014 through Loma Vista Recordings in the U.S. and Anti in Europe.

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  • 08.24.16 RT @WheelerWalkerJr: A band I love is @spoontheband @brittdaniel.
  • 08.19.16 Do the Olympics have an event for staying up all night messing with synth patches?
  • 08.17.16 Just heard they're closing El Azteca in Austin. Here’s hoping whatever mixed-use development replaces it serves cabrito that's half as good.
  • 08.16.16 Always thought headphones should be more expensive, less functional, and somehow give Apple more control over music. https://t.co/0J9AfZzX1r
  • 08.11.16 If CNN needs more expert commentary, we got plenty ideas about how to spot an obvious lunatic. https://t.co/RwZ2PHDiI5
  • 08.10.16 The Second Amendment People were one of the most criminally underrated bands to come out of the Paisley Underground.
  • 08.09.16 Many people are saying our next album will heal the sick and end all war. It's just what many people are saying.
  • 08.06.16 Not our song, but we can get behind the message. https://t.co/2cYmo8bCMb
  • 08.05.16 They Want My Soul was released two years ago today. We hope you're still enjoying it. https://t.co/mhcCjZ6CMu
  • 08.04.16 We've been holed up working 12-plus hour days on our album. Is all that Trump bullshit over yet?
  • 08.03.16 https://t.co/ENaRsJRbP6
  • 07.31.16 RT @seanoneal: I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I tweet very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of tweets. I think I've…