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Bizarre New Supergroup


Photo via is reporting Rockford native and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Elk Grove native and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger and Hanson's Taylor Hanson have formed a new supergroup by the name of Tinted Windows. The group has reportedly finished recording their debut album, due out in the spring, and will be playing Billboard's showcase at SXSW as well as the Bamboozle festival in New Jersey.

Iha and Schlesinger founded Chicago's Scratchie Records and are long-time friends, and The Smashing Pumpkins have always had a tight relationship with Cheap Trick, but the addition of Taylor Hanson seems a bit out of left field. Here's to hoping they'll play a show in Chicago - should be interesting to say the least.

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Hyacinth / February 18, 2009 6:47 AM

Taylor has worked with Schlesinger before, and in fact, I think he would fit in very well with the others. Not sure why this is considered so "bizarre".... unless, of course, you are under the mistaken impression that Taylor is still a 13 year old boy.

Stephanie / February 18, 2009 7:06 AM

It wasn't meant as a jab at Taylor Hanson, whether he's 13 or 30. It's just a really weird mixture of people & musical styles.

Didn't know that about Schlesinger & Taylor though. Thanks for pointing that out!

Hyacinth / February 18, 2009 12:12 PM

Three of the four members are heavily into power pop, so I'm not sure from whence comes the "weird mixture of people and musical styles" perception. I'm expecting this will be a power pop project.

Stephanie / February 18, 2009 1:19 PM

I'll admit I have a bias as an Iha fan. However, the general reaction I've seen from fans of each one of these bands has been that of surprise and confusion.

Lisa White / February 18, 2009 8:32 PM

I'm the Hanson fan on staff (it was the first band I wrote about for Gapers Block) and I'm still a bit perplexed by this whole thing. It's just something you wouldn't put together.

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