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Cleveland, United States (1983 – 1994)

The Exotic Birds was a group that formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1983. They are best known for their song “Everything is Different Now” and their cover of Badfinger’s “Day After Day” as well as the fact that the band’s keyboardist, Trent Reznor, later became famous as the leader of Nine Inch Nails.

The Exotic Birds were formed in 1983 by three Cleveland Institute of Music percussion students, Andy Kubiszewski, Tom Freer, and Tim Adams. They wrote their own music and fit nicely into the contemporary and music movement. They achieved mainly local success, but they appeared as an opening band for popular acts Culture Club, Eurythmics, and Information Society.

The band’s first single, “Dance the Night Away,” was backed with an earlier recording, “Who Knows Why,” by Kubiszewski and Nick Capetanakis (who performed with Kubiszewski in a prior group). The order of the songs was accidentally flipped on the record, so the older song appeared as the A side. “Who Knows Why” received moderate local radio play and became a surprise hit in Japan. The band eventually grew to five members. Adams left to do orchestral work, but Mark Best and Frank Vale signed on.

Then, by 1985, Trent Reznor (who later formed Nine Inch Nails) joined the band on keyboards, programming and backing vocals.

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