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There are at least 3 bands/artists named Sneaker, an American rock band from 1973 to 1982, an Australian band who were around in the early-mid 1990's, and a contemporary German house producer from Dresden.

1. Sneaker was a West Coast American rock music band, active from 1973 to 1982. The band is best known for its Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit single, "More Than Just the Two of Us", from its first album, Sneaker (1981). They also had a minor hit with "Don't Let Me In", a song written by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker from Steely Dan.

Sneaker was composed of Tim Torrance on guitars, Mitch Crane on vocals and guitars, Michael Carey Schneider on vocals and keyboards, Mike Hughes on drums, Michael Cottage on bass guitar, and Jim King on keyboards, synthesizers, and vibes. The band cited as its primary musical influences Steely Dan, The Eagles, and The Doobie Brothers. They released 2 studio albums on Handshake Records, Sneaker, in 1981 and Loose In The World, in 1982. Both albums were produced by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. In 2001, Cool Sound Records, a Japanese record label, released Early On, a collection of their early recordings and, in 2003, released Footprints In Japan, a 1982 live recording from Osaka & Tokyo, Japan.

The group's name "Sneaker" was shortened from "Bad Sneakers" taken from the Steely Dan tune "Bad Sneakers" from their "Katy Lied" LP.

2. Sneaker were a Sydney band operating in the early to mid 1990's. They had 2 tracks on the Serum Records compilation, Half-life, which featured other bands from Sydney at the time.

3. Sneaker has been on a mission to reveal the origins of electronic music for about fifteen years now. Whether as a producer, DJ, live act, promoter of the ElektroTekknoKlash-club nights in Jena or as one of the owner of the eponymous label – he’s doing it properly but always after careful consideration. Early on, he fell in love with Detroit and Chicago but furthermore there are the obscure Italo-, New Wave- and Minimal Synth-gems that make his sets special and provide his productions with that certain Sneaker-flavour. If he doesn’t reflect on dance music’s history, the student of fine arts travels extensively or shuttles between his part-time- hometowns Dresden, Jena and Berlin. With the pricky bomb that is You Think You Think! he’s become a member of the Uncanny Valley-family now.

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