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Aleka's Attic

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Aleka’s Attic were a band formed in 1987-88 by the actor River Phoenix. The band’s line up changed over the years- the original members were River Phoenix (vocals/guitar) Rain Phoenix (vocals) Josh Mckay (bass), Josh Greenbaum (drums) and Tim Hankins (viola). The band were offered a two year development deal with Island records in 1988. They released two tracks, ‘Across The Way’ appeared on the 1989 PETA benefit album ‘Tame Yourself’ and in 1996 ‘Note To A Friend’ appeared on another benefit album, ‘In Defence Of Animals volume II’. The band also lent a track, ‘Too Many Colors’, to the soundtrack of Gus Van Sant’s ‘My Own Private Idaho’ (1991) a film starring Phoenix.

Aleka’s Attic had success on the college circuit in the early 90’s recieving significant air play on college radio stations across the states followed by a tour of the country’s east coast. The band mainly focused on playing non-profit charity events, raising awareness of environmental issues and animal rights- causes. Lead singer/songwriter River Phoenix also activeley promoted through his media exposure as an actor. Flea (bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), on occasion, played bass for the band and Phoenix appeared on his friend, and Flea’s band mate, John Frusciante’s solo album ‘Smile From The Streets You Hold’. Two tracks, ‘Height Down’ and ‘Well, I’ve Been’ featured Phoenix, with the latter being dedicated to him.

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