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Biography

Too Much Joy was the name of an indie music group formed in the early 1980's in Scarsdale, New York by high-school acquaintances inspired by the music of The Clash.

The original members were Tim Quirk (vocals), Jay Blumenfield (guitar, vocals), Sandy Smallens (bass, vocals) and Tommy Vinton (drums). Smallens departed on amicable terms in 1994; William Wittman provided bass and vocals after Smallens's retirement.

Three members of TMJ were arrested in August of 1990 after playing the songs of Too Live Crew in the same club the rap band had been arrested in for obscenity.

TMJ was compared to musical contemporaries They Might Be Giants and Barenaked Ladies because of its unconventional style, grassroots fan appeal, and quirky yet honest and insightful lyrics.

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