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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.   Merry Xmas Everybody
  3.   I'm Shakin'
  4.   When Did Your Heart Go Missing?
  5.   Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  6.   Blueside
  7.   Popstars
  8.   You're What I'm Looking For
  9.   Not in My House
  10.   Stay Away
  11.   Don't Be a Hero
  12.   You Got It
  13.   Stars and Stripes
  14.   Into the Blue
  15.   I Don't Wanna Lose You
  16.   I Can't Get Enough
  17.   All or Nothing
  18.   Don't Come Around Again
  19.   All in Your Head
  20.   Love Me or Leave Me
  21.   I Believe in Me
  22.   I Should've Been After You
  23.   Help Me Find My Way
  24.   Simply Because
  25.   If It Were Up to Me
  26.   I'm a Terrible Person
  27.   What For
  28.   Only Friend
  29.   Go On
  30.   All the Beautiful People
  31.   That Girl Has Love
  32.   Calling the World
  33.   Daisy Duke
  34.   Losing All Control
  35.   Merry Christmas Everybody
  36.   Are You Afraid?
  37.   Sorry Sorry
  38.   Tell Me Soon
  39.   Metal Guru
  40.   Paralyzed
  41.   Holdin' On
  42.   The Hunch
  43.   Don't Look at Me

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