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Supergroup: Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins … Hanson?

By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 1:00 pm in Uncategorized.

Coincidentally, I was going to attempt to gather my thoughts about the greatest power-pop groups of all time today, when I stumbled upon info on the newest, so-called supergroup attempting to be a better sum than it’s individual parts. It usually doesn’t work, but at least this one is intriguing for a couple reasons.

It’s called Tinted Windows, and features Taylor Hanson, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. The reason I find it interesting is, contrary to the misguided joke status of his last name, I always though Taylor Hanson and his brothers were a talented bunch who were victims of their own success at a young age by writing an incredible hook that America came to hate because it couldn’t get it out of its collective head.


Oh God – I just watched that and heard that song for the first time in years. Sweet mother – it’s back in my head. And the thing is … I like it.

I feel dirty.

Sorry 21st century, Disney kids, but Hanson in its prime would’ve destroyed the Jonas Bros.

The other thing I find intriguing about Tinted Windows is, of course, the inclusion of the great Bun E. Carlos, of what is likely the greatest (or at least the coolest)  power-pop band ever, Cheap Trick (I know it’s not an original thought, but I’m not THAT much of a music snob to deny it).

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