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Simon Says

Singer Matt Franks claims that Simon Says was never a "planned" band. A couple of sophomores from southern California high schools went to a party, and were impressed by a few similarly-aged fellows with cool instrumentals. When the party band disbanded, Franks and and the guys got together, and eventually became "this magic trio." Franks, guitarist Zac Diebels, and drummer Mike Johnston worked their magic for three consistent years playing the "captive" and highly responsive high school circuit, as well as Sacramento all-ages clubs, as Simon Says.

After being joined by bass player Mike Arrieta in 1995, the early Simon Says -- named for the the schoolyard game -- felt buoyed enough by their appeal to the teenage set to release two DIY records, "Little Boy" and "Perfect Example," two years later. While the boys were looking for an attorney, they were contacted by Jeff Saltzman, who wanted to develop a production company and management firm. He was looking for promising young bands like Simon Says, who had already demonstrated the ability to be self-winding, and had, of course, plenty of creative musical talent. Saltzman hooked the band up with producer Mark Needham of Cake, who stepped in to oversee new demo recordings. Saltzman then showcased Simon Says in Los Angeles for fifteen labels. In July of 1998 Hollywood Records -- one of the very first labels to hear them, signed them almost on the spot. Under the guiding hand of Hollywood A&R rep Rob Cavallo, "Jump Start" got mixed in the studio with Needham, and hit the radio waves in May of 1999. The rest is a very young American success story. ~ Becky Byrkit, Rovi
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Loser band
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Am I the only one who's noticed the album cover above is for some Sinead O'Conner album?
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Am i the only one who knows that the song life jacket was on Johnny Tsunami??
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focalfan
I saw these guys play at a local indoor skate park in Madera CA in about '98. I was in Jr High at the time, I was blown away. Kick a** live show.
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goodhometown b o y
hey you was from their more angry sound in shut your breath
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goodhometown b o y
nope they broke up
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Love these guys wish they had new tunes
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I used to listen to them back in my nu metal days. Just thought they were an above-averag e band. But Pandora just played their song from the Varsity Blues soundtrack and I really enjoyed it. Wish Jump Start was on here.
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nparis127
Jump Start was a descent CD but nothing can compare to the weight and style of Shut Your Breath.Just wish they were still around putting out albums!
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I listened to "Hey You" and it sounds nothing like the bands listed
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F**k Hollywood Records. Simon Says is a decent band, though. What record company signs bands they know nothing of, produce and distribute an album, and four hours later pull the record from shelves because they didn't know what they were selling until the deed was done? Douchebag award goes to: Hollywood Records. Simon Says: Keep Rocking.
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Saw them in Pittsburg, KS in 2002 or 3. They played in the Armory, all concrete. It was f**king loud, and they were tight as hell. I've been listening to them ever since. One one album though.

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Back in the day (6-7 yrs. ago), they put on a damn good live show. Saw them twice. Once at Peabody's (Cleveland) and once at now defunct (I think) Club Laga (Pittsburgh) .

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