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The Presidents Of The United States Of America

The Presidents of the United States of America were one of the most unlikely success stories of the post-grunge alternative rock scene in Seattle. Where the rest of their Seattle brethren traded in heavy guitars and heavy angst, the Presidents rejected torment for humor, writing short, simple, and absurd punk songs that relied more on goofy attitude than sludgy riffs and tormented screams. It was a formula that worked, as the group's self-titled debut album became a double-platinum record much to the surprise of many critics, music industry insiders, and the band itself.

Childhood friends Chris Ballew (lead vocals, two-string basitar) and Dave Dederer (three-string guitbass, backing vocals) played in a number of groups and projects before forming the Presidents of the United States of America around 1990. The duo recorded a demo tape, which began circulating around the Seattle musical community and, in the process, earned them a cult following. Drummer Jason Finn, a member of Love Battery, saw the duo in 1991 and, after a few years of persuading, joined the band in 1993. Within a year after Finn joined, the Presidents became one of the most popular bands in Seattle. In the spring of 1994, they released their eponymous debut album on Pop Llama Records. The record became an independent hit and the band attracted the attention of major record labels; the group eventually signed with Columbia Records, who re-released the Presidents' debut in the spring of 1995. By this time, Finn had left Love Battery to become a full-time President.

The Presidents of the United States of America became a hit in the summer of 1995, when MTV and modern rock radio began airing "Lump" frequently. "Lump," followed by the radio hit "Kitty" in the fall and the radio/video hit "Peaches" in the spring of 1996, propelled the album to a surprise Top Ten double-platinum status. The band quickly capitalized on their sudden success by releasing their second album, The Presidents of the United States of America: II, in November of 1996.

In December of 1997, the Presidents called it quits after Chris Ballew left the band to spend more time with his family. A farewell concert followed in February 1998 and a rarities album, Pure Frosting, was released in March. Rumors of a possible reunion and collaboration with fellow Seattle resident Sir Mix-a-Lot (under the collective name Subset) floated around in 1999, but the project never materialized. However, the band did reconvene in 2000 (without a rapper) under the officially shortened moniker the Presidents and released their third album, Freaked Out and Small. Another long hiatus preceded the release of Love Everybody in 2004. That same year the band reissued their debut album on their own label in "Super Bonus Thrillpack" edition featuring a DVD. Late in 2007 the Presidents announced a new album, These Are the Good Times People, would be delivered in the spring of 2008. Sporadic activity, including occasional one-off gigs, followed into the 2010s, although Ballew spent more time on his children's music project, Caspar Babypants, before a sixth album, Kudos to You!, arrived in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Love Everybody

1. Love Everybody

2. Some Postman

3. Clean Machine

4. Highway Forever

5. Zero Friction

6. Surf's Down

7. Shortwave

8. Poke And Destroy

9. Munky River

10. Drool At You

11. Vestina

12. 5,500 Miles

13. Shreds Of Boa

14. Jennifer's Jacket

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Track List: Pure Frosting

1. Love Delicatessen

2. Video Killed The Radio Star

3. Mobile Home

4. Japan

5. Sunshine

6. Back Porch (Live)

7. Man (Opposable Thumb)

8. Tiki Lounge God

9. Teenage Girl

10. Slip Away

11. Tremolo Blooz

12. Cleveland Rocks

13. Lump (Live)

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Track List: The Presidents Of The United States Of America

1. Kitty

2. Feather Pluckn

3. Lump

4. Stranger

5. Boll Weevil

6. Peaches

7. Dune Buggy

9. Kick Out The Jams

10. Body

11. Back Porch

12. Candy

13. Naked And Famous

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Definitely the best era! Love this!!!
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This
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Millions of mangoes coulda been a hit too!
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Yessss love them.....man the 90s were an amazing time for music!
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These guys broke all the rules of being a successful band, and yet they were successful.
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cadabug04
Sorry. Names Teresa. Died twenty years ago. Must send to twenty others.
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Gmar
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Love me some Peaches!!!
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F**k yes
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That first album is like an illegal mood enhancing drug... except there's no scoring it from a creepy guy on some street corner...dow n t o w n , It's also doesn't have any body contorting comedown. You don't feel guilty about listening to it the day or days after. Best of all you'll never get ripped off when you deal with these guys. There seems to be no wrong time to play music from the president's but if I may, next time friends are over play them in the background see the difference.
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By far my favorite presidents of the united states of america! Fits many moods.. When shitfaceted when indulging in illicits , when taking a s**t..when mad , when sad..when the p**sy the best ya ever had.. When u been bad..simply f**kin rad, these Motherf**ker s are worthy of rockn my f**kin socks off!
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5 seconds into song: Hmm pretty good...
10 seconds:Yeah . . . Y e a h !
15 seconds: My good god this is simply exquisite!
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Seen them twice LIVE, they are a great band.. Love them.. Wish theyd come back to play in NC!
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I've seen these guys 3 times live and met them backstage in Philly. Great Band with catchy fun tunes! ROK ON PUSA! -RT
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Im 15 and my mom just introduced me to this band and i absolutely love them!!!!!!!! ! ! So lets share some peaches and throw kitties outside. XD
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overlysc
Jason Finn was the best bartender at the vomit.
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I knew it. 4,675 likes!! I love 'em!
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Their second self titled album needs to be here. How could you ignore such a great album? Bug City!!!
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sueshannon24
SON OF BICH
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XD these guys are hilarious!
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I hate all this childish chain sh*t too
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This song came out when I was in the Eighth grade. I remember jumping around to this song at school dance. I love it.
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Take a road trip across the country and listen to only Presidents albums -- you'll never need to skip a single song.
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These dudes are probably the most underrated mother f**kers ever please make some more music please
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please...we need to work together to stop all of these chain comments!!! everyone please. if you see one press the report button. repost this on 5 different songs (jk) (sorry for spamming this but. better an anti chain message then normal chain messages)
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LUM
LUMP
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I LOVE THE SONGS ,,,,, PEACHES WHICH IS MY JAM AND LUMP AND KITTY AND OLD MAN ON THE BACK PORCH AND MORE AND I AM 10 YEARS OLD
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Back porch
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this song came out my freshman year in high school and everyone owned this CD. Reminds me of cruising around with my friends with no worries
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lrbmortgage
Lol the song dune buggy
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WEIRDOS! But in a good way!
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burp
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Just discovered them yesterday and am loving their music
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totally motionless except for heart-from lump
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jeff12260
Meow!
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Just f
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Kidy at my foot and I want to kik it
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Luv ths fckn sng...
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sarahm_mccau g h e y
Cool
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Little blue dom buggy is my favorites
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Lmmfao!!!
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I'm Crying
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Video killed the radio star great cover TPOTUSOA takes me back in time!
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True........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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*Kame Hame
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Hame Kame nostalgia!
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best band on earth...
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Try to make'em see the sun is shining outside
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Love this song
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Pusa: Imitated but never duplicated
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