Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ARTIST: Tinted Windows

Ok, so you might have heard of the supposed-supergroup Tinted Windows, made up of Taylor Hanson (of MMMBop fame), guitarist James Iha (from The Smashing Pumpkins), bassist Adam Schlesinger (from Fountains of Wayne), and drummer Bun E. Carlos (from Cheap Trick). I'll be honest, after laughing at the absurd-sounding collaboration, I didn't even bother listening to them - I mean, there's really no chance I'd like anything they're making. C'mon.

Well, I just happened to stumble on these videos of them performing on some show I've never heard of (with a ridiculously awkward host), and I must have been bored or something, because I watched them. And you know what? I don't hate them.

Ok, so what do you think? I mean the songs are pretty much fluff, but I was expecting that. They're obviously not gunning for anything too weighty - but the songs are hooky and pretty rockin', and the music sounds pretty close to the 90's power-pop I loved in junior high. Basically, I thought they're pretty fun despite myself, and that was worth writing about. The funny thing to me is that with Taylor Hanson heading the group you'd think there might be some heart-throb potential there, but I just don't see that happening with Carlos (who's close to 60) jamming right behind him. But who knows.

Also, happy Cinco De Mayo you guys.


Kristin said...

I don't know, I might hate them. But in a loving way, you know? It's kind of like the "That Thing You Do" teeny pop band got cast by The Surreal Life. And Taylor Hanson's all like, finally I can be a sexy rockstar! And I will sexy it up! I'm not 14 anymore, you guys!

I could keep listening. But I also would have liked it at 14.

Joe said...

Oh wow. Super group indeed. I just want to know who called who to start all of this magic.

Total SP guitar solo in the first song, awesome.