President's Day 2018
We’re having a holiday weekend here in the United States. President’s Day is a day that originally started after the death of our first president, George Washington. His birthday is February 22. Later, the holiday included Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which is February 12.
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In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be fun to talk about a different group of presidents.
The Presidents of the United States of America
Formed in 1993 by Chris Ballew and Dave Dederer in Seattle, they have released six studio albums. They have been twice nominated for a Grammy, and they play alternative rock. Their lineup also includes Jason Finn on drums, and for about 10 years included Andrew McKeag on vocals.
So how does a band end up with a name such as The Presidents of the United States of America?
Instead of being signed right away, they recorded a 10 song cassette, called 'Froggystyle'. They sold this cassette at their shows and Finn also sold them from the bar where he was a bartender. It wasn't until 1994 that they caught the the attention of a tiny Seattle label and released their self-titled debut album. In 1995, they signed with Columbia Records and re-released their album. It went triple-platinum.
With a name such as theirs, you must be wondering if they are involved in politics.
I tried to locate a video of 'Moving In', but was unsuccessful. Instead, I’ve put together a short playlist of a handful of their other tunes. Please note: the last song comes with a language warning. Listen to that one at your own discretion.
Have you heard of these guys before? What do you think of their musical style and sound? Did you do anything to celebrate the holiday? There are no right or wrong answers here. Talk to me in the comments below.