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Post-slacker US guitar pop artisans from Los Angeles, California, USA, formed in 1992 by Rivers Cuomo (13 June 1970, Manhattan, New York, USA; vocals/guitar), Matt Sharp (b. 22 September 1969, Bangkok, Thailand; bass/vocals), Patrick Wilson (b. 1 February 1969, Buffalo, New York, USA; drums) and Jason Cropper (b. 27 June 1971, Oakland, California, USA; guitar/vocals), although the latter was replaced during the recording of the bands first album by Brian Bell (b. 9 December 1968, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; guitar). The original four protagonists had met as strangers who found themselves abroad in Los Angeles, and decided to form a band together. Cuomo grew up in rural Connecticut before deciding to move to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to form a band. It was to little immediate success, but, tortured by the sundering of a relationship, he began to write his own songs. Sharp brought the unlikely influences of Talk Talk and Gary Numan to the bass...