1982 – present (35 years)
We’re a Jersey band….(yes… we’ve heard lots and lots of jokes about the garden state variety vegetables….jersey fresh..etc..all the things to do with a cucumber)…
We were born in Hoboken in the mid-80s, when founders Jon Fried and Deena Shoshkes found a home in the independent pop scene there. (Our friend, Jason Friend, compiled a detailed history But in brief:
Our very first song, “My Boyfriend” became a hit on the college radio charts, leading to national tours, a couple of videos on MTV, reviews in Rolling Stone, People Magazine.
We took a break to raise children, and re-formed in the 90s, at the urging of Zero Hour Records President Ray McKenzie, released two CD's, and toured nationally.
1999’s release “Total Vegetility” (Home Office Records) was praised in The NY Times, the Village Voice, “All Things To You” was released in 2004 Producer/engineer Roger Moutenot (Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo, Lou Reed), mixed “All Things To You,”our 6th album, and released the album on his own label, Fictitious Records.
Jon and Deena began exploring new directions. Jon published several short stories and began a novel.
Deena took on an alter ego RockDownBaby and released a critically acclaimed cd of indie pop electronica tunes “Love & Sex & Rock and Roll,” in the spring of 2006. In January 2009 Deena’s solo album “Somewhere in Blue,” came out and received rave reviews and international airplay.
Our songs have been included on several compilations, in feature films, documentaries and on tv, including “200 Cadillacs” (a documentary about Elvis Presley’s generosity), “Monster Mechanic” on DSC, HBO’s “Cathouse,” NBC’s “Ed”, and MTV’s “Made.”.
Our newest project is Songs of the Spectrum, (SingSOS) a nonprofit group whose mission is to use the power of music to raise awareness, funds and spirits in the struggle against autism spectrum disorders. Jackson Browne, Marshall Crenshaw, Valerie Carter, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke, Dan Bern and others have recorded songs we wrote with the very talented lyricist John O’Neil, (a Pulizter prize nominated journalist, our friend, neighbor and a parent of a child with autism.)
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