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The Posies


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Bellingham WA, United States (1987 – present)

The Posies began as a set of informal home recordings by Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow in Bellingham, Washington in 1987 and eventually became a full-fledged band. Those demos were released as the album Failure, and Mike Musberger and Rick Roberts joined soon after, allowing the band to play its first live shows in Seattle and Bellingham. The four then moved into a house in Seattle’s University District. The band’s first full album was their major-label debut Dear 23 in 1990. It was produced by John Leckie and features lush orchestrations for the songwriters’ literate, clever, melodic pop with occasional hard-hitting guitars.

During the recording for their third album, Roberts left and was replaced by Dave Fox, and during a European tour, Musberger left. In 1994, Brian Young took over on drums and Joe Howard on bass. In 1997, the band went on hiatus while the members concentrated on outside projects, including solo albums and work with Lucky Me , Skyward and Fountains of Wayne. From 1997 to 2001, there was only sporadic Posies activity.

After a satisfying tour as a duo, Auer and Stringfellow brought the band back to active service, now with Darius Minwalla and Matt Harris. Stringfellow also works with the Europe-based band The Disciplines and provides support for Rem.


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  • KeithJones

    RIP drummer Darius Minwalla

    25 May 8:31pm Reply
  • Dlartrisky

    I might still use the goddamn slow Windows Vista when I should upgrade to Windows 8 already but I cannot because I might lose the only 2 songs I have from this band... then I'll be a sad sad panda :(

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • multiverse

    Definitely underrated and I agree Frosting On the Beater should be the most listened. In addition, "The Glitter Prize" and "So Caroline" from their latest album are among their best songs.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • FrankPerla

    Frosting on the beater should be the most listened, no?

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    Extremely underrated.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • owlies

    ashamed to say I'm just now getting around to listening to them (20 something years after their first album). i love "love letter boxes"

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • joaokmo

    Windows Vista - 2007

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Beatofthdrum

    The Posies – Coming Right Along is great! I don't know why are you talking about Windows vista :3 but I got to know them from "The basketball diaries"

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    I rated those songs on windows vista 1/5 stars years ago. Should I give them a legit listen?

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • serv1ces

    This band is so good.How come it doesn't have more listeners here? I'm really wondering

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LeraBubnova

    Daria "Is it fall yet" I use Mac ><

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Probehead

    I'll admit, I first discovered this band through Windows Vista. But a further look into their discography shows that they were actually a really great power pop band in the early 90's. Right up there with Teenage Fanclub.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jokumuko

    Wow, at all the Window Vistas. Mine was my dad with Amazing Disgrace.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • scarvalho_

    Windows Vista [14] TNKS

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • fabithejoker

    Thanks Windows vista :D

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SignalSongs

    Hey Power Pop Fans! Scottish Power Pop / Indie Pop band Aerial will be releasing a new record later this year. Listen to the last record at Stay tuned for more info at and on Twitter @aerial_band Thanks! Aerial

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NihilisticRobot

    Back in '93, 'Frosting On The Beater' was a radio contest prize that I won. Hell yeah.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • zedshtein

    why power pop always should be unpopular , such a spell

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tobacconist

    Beater* lol. wtf I was thinking

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tobacconist

    it's just caught me off guard how amazing their music is. Frosting On The Bitter kicks arse

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
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