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Alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, USA comprising Ed Kowalczyk (16 July 1971; vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (b. 30 May 1971; bass), Chad Taylor (b. 24 November 1970; guitar) and Chad Gracey (b. 23 July 1971; drums). The band was formed as First Aid in the mid-80s by blue-collar friends Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer, changing their name to Public Affection with the addition of Kowalczyk. The self-financed The Death Of A Dictionary was released in 1989, but a change of name and a reworking of their sound was necessary before they were signed to Radioactive Records.
Their dynamic of fraught pop that occasionally expands into full-blown rock mode, complete with lyrics that strike an idealistic tone, was evident on the largely ignored Mental Jewelry, where spiritual overtones were also present. No less intense was 1994s Throwing Copper, produced, like their debut, by Jerry Harrison. By this point Kowalczyks lyrics had...