The Minus 5

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Upon relocating to Seattle, Washington, USA in the early 90s, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck soon became involved in several side projects with local musicians, including the jazzy Tuatara and the warped Beach Boys / Beatles -influenced outfit, the Minus 5. While the band has seen various musicians pass through their ranks since their inception in 1993, the only other member to accompany Buck through it all has been vocalist/guitarist/organist Scott McCaughey (who is a member of the Young Fresh Fellows, in addition to playing alongside Buck in Tuatara and as a touring member of R.E.M.). The band’s formation was rooted around a backlog of unused songs that McCaughey had penned for the Young Fresh Fellows (but knew they would never get around to recording), so he and Buck united with some friends, issuing an EP in 1994, and a debut album, Old Liquidator, the following year.

Minus 5 signed on with Hollywood Records soon afterwards, and in 1997...

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