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California rock band Rooney emerged in 2002, making their live debut warming up for Phantom Planet, a more experienced L.A.-based group who shared similar classic pop influences (E.L.O., the Beach Boys) along with a family member. The younger brother of actor and former Phantom Planet drummer Jason Schwartzman, Rooney maestro Robert Schwartzman was also a son of Hollywood who had dabbled in acting, but by the early 2000s had turned his full attention to crafting pleasantly retro guitar pop. By the year's end, Schwartzman and his bandmates Taylor Locke (guitar), Matthew Winter (bass), Louie Stephens (keyboards), and Ned Brower (drums), had inked a major-label deal with Geffen/Interscope. Although Rooney had flirted with enlisting Ric Ocasek to produce, they eventually opted to rehire Keith Forsey, the producer responsible for the the strong batch of demos that had gotten them signed in the first place. Rooney's sunny, self-titled debut arrived in 2003 and its sales spiked considerably the following year when the band appeared on Fox's popular teen drama The O.C. (the first in a long line of bands to do so). Later that year, the concert DVD Spit and Sweat was released, highlighting the group's transformation from teenage musicians into a road-seasoned outfit. Rooney began recording their follow-up later that year with producer Tony Hoffer, but the album was eventually scrapped despite several songs being posted on the band's MySpace page. A second attempt to record their sophomore album was made in fall 2005, this time with Howard Benson in the producer's seat. Although it was slated for a 2006 release, this version too was scrapped as friction between the band and its label increased. Following a 2006 tour with Kelly Clarkson, Rooney returned to the studio with producer John Fields for a third -- and successful -- attempt at recording their second album. The slightly darker, but no less catchy Calling the World was released in summer 2007 and debuted on the Billboard charts at number 42. By this point, though, the band's relationship with Geffen had suffered too much damage and Rooney eventually left the label's roster in 2009. That same year, the band celebrated their independent status by self-releasing an EP, Wild One, and launching a brief tour. They didn't remain independent for long, though, eventually partnering with Warner Bros. for the release of their third full-length album, the self-produced Eureka, in June 2010. Although bassist Matt Winter played on the record, he left the band's lineup several months before its release, with Brandon Schwartzel climbing aboard in his place. By the end of 2011, support for the record had mostly ceased and Rooney essentially entered into a lengthy hiatus. Schwartzman remained busy with a number of projects including two solo records and a pair of film scores. Following years of silence regarding his band's fate, Schwartzman revealed in early 2016 that he had completed a new Rooney album entirely on his own. Released in May 2016, Washed Away was the fourth LP under the Rooney banner and was supported on the road by a completely retooled lineup. ~ Timothy Monger & Andrew Leahey
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  2.   When Did Your Heart Go Missing?
  3.   Merry Xmas Everybody
  4.   I'm Shakin'
  5.   My Heart Beats 4 U
  6.   Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  7.   Blueside
  8.   If It Were Up to Me
  9.   That Girl Has Love
  10.   Calling the World
  11.   Only Friend
  12.   Don't Look at Me
  13.   I Should've Been After You
  14.   I Miss You When You're Gone
  15.   Why by Soko
  16.   I Can't Get Enough
  17.   Go On
  18.   Don't Come Around Again
  19.   Love Me or Leave Me
  20.   Stay Away
  21.   Do You Have to Go?
  22.   You're What I'm Looking For
  23.   The Hunch
  24.   Stars and Stripes
  25.   Not in My House
  26.   I Don't Wanna Lose You
  27.   All in Your Head
  28.   I Believe in Me
  29.   Tell Me Soon
  30.   Help Me Find My Way
  31.   Daisy Duke
  32.   I'm a Terrible Person
  33.   Time Alone
  34.   All the Beautiful People
  35.   Sorry Sorry
  36.   Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow
  37.   Make Some Noise
  38.   Holdin' On
  39.   Metal Guru
  40.   You're All I Ever Need
  41.   What For
  42.   Come On Baby
  43.   Don't Be a Hero
  44.   Into the Blue
  45.   All or Nothing
  46.   Simply Because
  47.   Paralyzed
  48.   Are You Afraid?
  49.   Popstars
  50.   You Got It
  51.   Losing All Control
  52.   Merry Christmas Everybody
  53.   Sad but True (From the Motion Picture "Dreamland")
  54.   The Floor
  55.   Washed Away
  56.   Death on Two Legs
  57.   Believe in Me
  58.   Get Away
  59.   When Did Your Heart Go
  60.   Theme From 'Iron Man Armored Adventures'
  61.   In My Pocket
  62.   Pity
  63.   Can't Put Your Heart Around Everyone
  64.   Terrible Person
  65.   Shakin
  66.   Sad But True

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