This US rock band, formed in Buffalo, New York, in 1986, originally comprised Robby Takac (30 September 1964, USA; bass/vocals), Johnny Rzeznik (b. John Rzeznik, 5 December 1965, Buffalo, New York, USA; guitar/vocals) and George Tutuska (drums). Taking their name from an advertisement in a magazine, the bands first two albums were compared to Cheap Trick and the Replacements. They started doing unlikely cover versions on the second of these, 1989s Jed, when the professional crooner Lance Diamond sang guest vocals on a cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revivals Down On The Corner. He also sang on a version of Princes I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man on 1990s Hold Me Up. Both albums featured unpretentious pop punk songwriting, and the band was now being celebrated by a growing number of fans in the media. Their commercial breakthrough came with 1995s hit single Name and A Boy Named...
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