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Everclear

Though Everclear's Northwestern grunge-punk style was hardly revolutionary when the band rose to popularity in 1995, the trio's hook-ridden songs and Art Alexakis' "us against them" lyrics were taken to heart by bored Gen-X teens. Everclear's sound reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of frontman Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. Also instrumental to Everclear's success was the group's obsessive touring schedule and aggressive self-promotion tactics.

Art Alexakis (born Apr. 12, 1962, West Los Angeles, California) was raised in a lower-middle-class household by his single mother. His father left the family during Alexakis' childhood, an incident that would later pepper many of Everclear's most popular songs. The dual deaths of his brother and girlfriend (his brother by heroin overdose; his girlfriend by suicide) convinced him to kick his own cocaine habit in the mid-'80s, and he later formed a country-punk band named Colorfinger in San Francisco. The group released one LP on Alexakis' own Shindig label, but the album (and an EP) became out of print after distributor Rough Trade folded. The band subsequently imploded, and Alexakis moved to his girlfriend's hometown of Portland, OR. In 1992, he met Craig Montoya (born September 14, 1970) and Everclear's first drummer, Scott Cuthbert; the trio recorded a demo EP for $400 and released the disc on Portland's Tim/Kerr label. Alexakis grew frustrated with the company's lack of promotion, so he hired an independent promoter to push the EP and personally mailed copies to media outlets and distributors.

Everclear then added several songs to the EP, retitled it World of Noise, and issued the expanded package in 1993 on Fire Records. Throughout the following year, the group toured relentlessly and underwent several key changes, replacing Cuthbert with Greg Eklund (born April 18, 1970) and signing to Capitol Records in June. Their second album, Sparkle and Fade, appeared in 1995 and attracted a much wider audience. Alternative radio outlet lent their support to the singles "Santa Monica" and "Heroin Girl," and the album eventually rose to platinum status. Meanwhile, Alexakis became a major alternative media figure, even reporting from the 1996 political conventions for MTV. So Much for the Afterglow followed in 1997 and went double-platinum, particularly due to the success of three Top Five modern rock hits "Everything to Everyone," "I Will Buy You a New Life," and "Father of Mine." Alexakis had become a father himself around this time, and the birth of his daughter prompted the singer to become even more politically active. He testified in front of Congress regarding child support laws and campaigned with several presidential tickets, among other efforts. Everclear was also hailed Modern Rock Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine in 1998.

A double-barreled concept effort appeared in 2000 with the poppy Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile surfacing in early fall and the harder-rocking Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude appearing a few months later. (Learning How to Smile was initially planned as a solo effort for Alexakis, given its deviation from the band's standard three-piece rock sound.) Both records produced several charting singles, with the AM radio pop of "Wonderful" finding the most success. Everclear returned with the more straightforward Slow Motion Daydream in 2003 before the aptly titled greatest-hits compilation Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004 appeared in October 2004. In between, Alexakis ventured on a brief 2003 solo acoustic tour before the entire Everclear lineup would shift around him. He remained the only original member as the group expanded past a trio to include bassist Sam Hudson, guitarist Dave French, drummer Brett Snyder, and keyboardist Josh Crawley. By then off the Capitol roster and back in the indie world, the newly minted Everclear released Welcome to the Drama Club on Eleven Seven Music (in association with ADA/Warner Music Group) in September 2006. Spearheaded by the single "Hater," the album was meant to be an homage to some of Alexakis' earliest influences. Drama Club cracked the Billboard Top 200 and hit number 11 on the Top Independent Albums chart, while Everclear subsequently headed out on a college club tour through the fall. 2008's The Vegas Years was a set of covers; 2009's In a Different Light, an album of acoustic reinterpretations of the group's songs, turned the tables. Two years later, Everclear continued to look backward, cutting a bunch of new versions of their hits -- along with a few covers -- on the album Return to Santa Monica. Their first album of new material in six years, Invisible Stars, arrived in in the summer of 2012. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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alabastervil l i s 0
my father was the greatest man that ever lived. the world is a better place just by knowing him
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My sorry dad and I don't talk. I want to anonymously mail a CD with just this song on it to him. I have wanted to for such a long time.
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I really love this song because I relate to it so well. That is how I feel. ..my daddy gave me a name. Oh and how do you feel when you look back at your wasted life and you don't see me. And how do you sleep with the children you abandoned.
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you know something if someone writes not to read something but then inclines to continue writing their falsehoods then that person is broken in the head, if you post something ten times you were tricked in to posting something ten times and nothing more. the iphone6 cant replace santa and a post s cant replace cupid. not all of us are sheep. look in the mirror n see what we all see in you...and idiot
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I remember when there first CD came out I was in high school and we would listen to it for hour
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nicko252008
haha you wish shipping. Everclear was the definitive 90's band.
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These guys always blew imo.
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Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2day. This is so scary put this on at least 5 song in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary
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willbbutler1
Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2day. This is so scary put this on at least 5 song in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary
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I have a lot of good memories from these songs.
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Love this band. They're a bit older but their music is so relatable. And LOVE his voice - it compliments the instruments and their style very well.
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Their awesome! !!!
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Isn't every WONDERFUL now after listening to this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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Love this band
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I love this band
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He must have had a very unhappy childhood.
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What happened to the lyrics on pandora????
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They spoke to a generation of broken hearts and homes. Thank you for that.
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I don't understand what this band is doing on the one hit wonders station.
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saraigalway
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
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With my big black boots and a suitcase
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover'a name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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They rocked it at the Hanger 24 Air Show!
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These guys used to be an awesome group putting out decent hits. Now it seems they can't do anything except rehash their hits in hopes of them catching on again. Go back, look at what made you the Modern Rock Artist of the Year and bring back the original members.
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The Songwriting program at LACM enlists real world musicians to help students the write hit songs in a variety of popular genres, as well as learning the skills needed to compose for film and television. Led by Art Alexakis, the lead singer, guitarist, producer, and songwriter for the band Everclear, students will acquire a firm grasp of the ins and outs of songwriting. . The deadline to enroll and qualify for scholarships for Fall 2014 is May 15, 2014. www.lacm.edu / p r o g r a m s / s o n g w r i t i n g
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Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) offers summer music programs and degree courses that let you play with world famous musicians! The summer music programs are all a part of LACM’s Summer Xperience. It offers sessions in music performance, music production, Drummers Reality Camp, and songwriting. Right now, LACM is enrolling in both Summer Xperience and the Fall session of the Songwriting Program.

The Songwriting program at LACM enlists real world musicians to help students the write hit songs
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Perseverence .
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I wish this worked. Kiss your left hand with your right hand rub your head where I just b**ch slapped you for posting crap like this kind of spam.
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Why is Art checking out men's thighs?...an y w a y these guys were huge,all over the radio & it just seemed to stop ...what happened? Now they're playing county fairs
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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This songs pretty deep
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This song hurt and gives strength all at the same time. My father abandoned me and my brother and my mother at an early age. I never went to his grave on his final day. I don't regret.
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Excited to see these guys play here in Hawaii
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;P
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I love the comments its like an oreo of love and hate the crunchy hard hate filled with soft goey love but in my opinion theyre not amazing but theyre pretty good
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I just saw them live for the first time in Des Moines, IA for free as part of ragbrai it was such an awesome experience to finally see a great band like this in person
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I got mu tickets for summerfest in ft Myers
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beatrix9001
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2days. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Post this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come up on the screen. This is so scary because it actually works. F6
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of yo
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I'm actually pretty upset with them messing up the beats of all my favorite songs.
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LOVE IT! best band ever follow me and ill follow you!
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Art always reminded me of the boyfriend my mom had after she split from my dad (just his looks Arts cool that dudevwasnt) but i stil Love Everclear. He stayed stuck on the "divorce sucks" thing a little too long. But I still love them even Wonderful which was a little too kid voiced.

Their new cover of Rich Girl is F'n awesome.
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Are you people really that gullible? Save your silly superstitiou s postings for Facebook and leave Pandora for the music lovers to post their opinions, like what a great song Santa Monica is!
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
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One of the most underrated bands EVER!!! Don't be hatin'
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lshirley2011
@Campbell.me l o d y - The song was "Why Don't You & I" by Santana with Alex Band from The Calling. Chad Kroeger's version wasn't as good in my opinion
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The person below me doesn't understand the use of a ' or plural s after a non plural s.
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Art Alexakis' us against them
Wrong. It's Art Alexakis's.
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