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Ivy

The New York-based pop group Ivy came together in 1994 when multi-instrumentalist Andy Chase placed an ad in the Village Voice in an attempt to start a band. Musician/songwriter Adam Schlesinger answered Chase, for the two had mutual musical tastes -- both liked Prefab Sprout and the Go-Betweens. Within months, the two met Parisian-born Dominique Durand. Durand had come to New York in 1989 to learn English, not join a band. Ironically enough, Durand was a massive music fan and adored the sounds of the Smiths, the Pastels, and House of Love. This allowed her to click with Chase and Schlesinger. She'd never sung before, but Chase and Schlesinger encouraged her to sing on the demo for "Can't Even Fake It." It was a pleasant surprise -- Durand had found her voice -- one that would become one of indie rock's finest and most artistically well-regarded voices of the decade -- and Ivy was born.

Ivy inked a deal with local label Seed Records in 1994 and issued the "Get Enough/Drag You Down" single. Melody Maker in the U.K. jumped on it immediately, and Ivy's debut earned props as the Single of the Week. Several months later, the trio released the Lately EP. Their rendition of Orange Juice's "I Guess I'm Just a Little Too Sensitive" was a moderate hit among the indie rock circuit. Ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins also enjoyed the track and asked Ivy to be the opening act on his North American tour in 1995. Ivy's first studio full-length, Realistic, appeared that same year. Tours with fellow indie darlings -- Saint Etienne, Lloyd Cole, and Madder Rose -- allowed Ivy's name began to soar.

By the time the band readied for a sophomore effort, they'd signed to a major label. In 1997, Ivy issued Apartment Life on Atlantic. This particular album highlighted Chase and Schlesinger's impressive studio skills. Ivy was winning critics over with their sugary, sweet sound and Apartment Life was regarded as one of the year's stand-out albums. Their star power was unstoppable, but gracefully so. "I Get the Message" and "This Is the Day" were featured on the soundtrack to the Farrelly Brothers' comedy There's Something About Mary. Their cover of Steely Dan's "Only a Fool Would Say That" was also included in the Farrelly Brothers' soundtrack for Me, Myself and Irene. Fashionistas got a taste of Ivy, too. A world-wide Volkswagen campaign catapulted the band's name into stardom. Ivy never lost face, though. What made them so impressive was how they kept things simple and followed their own formula. It would work against them in the majors, but it wouldn't break up the band.

Ivy founded Stratosphere Sound, their studio with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, before the '90s came to a close. Chase and Durand had also married; Ivy was focused on the band's musical atmosphere and the texture of their sound, and this space allowed them to focus. Sony let them go, so they had complete creative control. Unfortunately, things didn't go so smoothly. Stratosphere Sound was subject to arson while the band was recording a third album in 2000. Countless dollars and valuable recording equipment were lost in the fire, but this didn't delay the completion of the record. Long Distance arrived in fall 2001, four years after Apartment Life. This marked Ivy's first release with Nettwerk and the trio's classic pop sensibility was at its finest. Durand and Chase became parents of daughter Justine while also finding a new home with the Nettwerk label. That same year, the band composed the film score for the Farrelly Brothers' Jack Black comedy Shallow Hal. In fall 2002, Ivy returned with an all-cover album, Guestroom. On December 17, Chase and Durand welcomed their second, child, Julien. Over the next few years, Schlesinger released another album with Fountains of Wayne, 2003's Welcome Interstate Managers. Durand and Chase collaborated on a trip-hop album in 2004 under the Paco moniker. A year later, Ivy issued In the Clear. In 2011, Ivy returned with the more electronic pop-oriented All Hours. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Why so few likes? Am I glad I know about Ivy.
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itsmemsti71
Love the vocals keep up the great work
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love you guys, finally can put souls and images to the music I love...anjie
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lil_sprout0
love me some ivy good music to make sweet love too
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Group was also shown on TV show Roswell. Around 2001 and one song is on official soundtrack.
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Gr8 sungs m8! I str8 apprici8 ur hrd wrk!
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She has such an angelic voice.
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ymjarvis
What about Goldfrapp?
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Brady Bunch
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Never head of this band until now...they puttin it down...good band
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It took a while to appreciate IVY some of thier music is Awesome some of it is a Little too candy pop for my taste.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now uv started reading so u can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and it lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works
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I love
this music
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I luv her voice its so calm and melliw how she sings its awesome
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pretty french gal with a sweet voice. im in
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minja009
best version
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Never heard of Ivy until recently... Now Edge of the Ocean is one of my favorite songs of all time.
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Ivy is very cool ... Thank you Ivy ...
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I haven't liked anything by them yet, but the more I hear the better it sounds.
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She has such a pretty voice...
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Good call with the Lush reference.
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kenanercel
I would put Lush under Similar Artists (and influences) for this band.
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Ivy, you are phenomenal!! ! !
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lgdearman
Love Ivy !
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i love it. so quiet
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Prefab Sprout
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tyco pop
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I love their side project Paco too. Shaded is a great song! I love her voice.
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Here comes IVY!!!! OOOOH Gawd, here I Go!!! HOT!!!! Seductive poetry, BAM!
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ethan_firl
Very satisfying and dreamy of course. Want more.
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lil_sprout0
Ivy is smooth sexy surreal and oh yeah swoo baby........ . GREAT GROUP......L o t s of talent, those who dont think so have no musical skills
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OOOOH is right. Alluring song.
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oooooooooooo h h h h h I could drift out to sea and fall in love and be at peace with the world and paint pictures and make passionate love....this song is so dreamy!
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If you like edge of the ocean look up the song Old Cape Cod by Patti page, it's old school and wonderful. Groove armada did a modern electronic cover of it that is fantastic too.
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I like it; reminds me a little of Verve and My Bloody Valentine.
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anjaliaugust i n e
Dreamy!
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Very soothing, beautiful. I'm looking forward to hearing more from them.
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Heard of them yeah...I'm a musician myself in this genre...cool to hear!
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Yup, I'm gonna have to go buy some of their stuff. Sounds like it'll be sweet for the interstate!
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I really dig this band. Sort of cool, chill music with a sort of euro-pop vibe.
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hepcman1
Man, between finding Ivy and Jem recently it's ignited my love of music for about the 1000th time...
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Good stuff. I am, also, a recording artist. Check out my original songs at:

www DOT myspace DOT com FORWARDSLASH breck9

www.myspace. c o m / b r e c k 9

the 2nd and 3rd songs on my website is in the same genre as this type of song.

Please let me know what you think, out there. - Breck
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I am falling in love with Ivy. Thanks to Pandora Radio, I had never heard of them before they came up on my station. I will be downloading Ivy onto my I-pod.
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The music of Tess Don't Tell sounds exactly like a New Order song. Still enjoyable, though...
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just came across edge of the ocean randomly... cool song
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mike_emokpae
Beautifully stunning
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wowzers.
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flower.growe r
pure sound
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tony0758
One of the best bands I have ever heard.... I never get tired of their songs either
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beebunny12
their songs get stuck in your head but in a good way

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