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The Rentals were the new wave-influenced project of singer/songwriter Matt Sharp, former bassist for power pop favorites Weezer. Born in Arlington, Virginia, on September 22, 1969, Sharp co-founded Weezer in 1992, and in the months to follow, the band emerged as one of the most popular up-and-coming acts on the Los Angeles club scene; their self-titled debut LP appeared on Geffen two years later, becoming a major hit thanks their smash single and video "Buddy Holly." During the spring of 1994, Sharp mounted the first Rentals studio session. Assembling a roster including Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, that dog. violinist Petra Haden, vocalist/keyboardist Cherielynn Westrich, and guitarist Rod Cervera, subsequent dates yielded the group's 1995 debut, Return of the Rentals, which notched a hit with the infectious "Friends of P." Sharp returned to Weezer to record the band's acclaimed 1996 follow-up, Pinkerton, but announced his exit from the lineup in February 1998; the second Rentals album, Seven More Minutes, followed a year later. After a six-year hiatus, Sharp brought back the Rentals in 2005. After touring with Ozma in the summer of 2006, Sharp's group released the EP The Last Little Life in 2007. In December of the same year, the Rentals announced that they would begin recording a new album in 2008. The resulting Songs About Time, a 2009 multimedia project consisting of photographs, short films, and three mini-albums, was made available in a limited-edition deluxe box set in 2010. In April of 2011, the band released Present Resilience: A Benefit Album for the Japanese Relief. For the band's next album, Sharp chose ten songs from Songs About Time and re-recorded them with violinist Lauren Chipman, Ozma guitarist Ryen Slegr, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the group Lucius. Sharp recorded the basic tracks in L.A., then worked with Carney in Nashville and the Lucius vocalists in N.Y.C. After Sharp arranged the tracks, using some parts of the Songs About Time sessions as well, he turned the songs over to D. Sardy to mix. The resulting album, Lost in Alphaville, was released in late summer of 2014 by Polyvinyl. ~ Jason Ankeny
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The Rentals

    '90s Indie

    '90s Indie
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Albums by
The Rentals

Top Songs by
The Rentals

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  2.   Friends of P.
  3.   The Love I'm Searching For
  4.   Waiting
  5.   These Days
  6.   Traces of Our Tears
  7.   Stardust
  8.   Sweetness and Tenderness
  9.   Little Bit of You in Everything
  10.   Song of Remembering
  11.   May Twelve
  12.   Irrational Things
  13.   Move On
  14.   1000 Seasons
  15.   Thought of Sound
  16.   Seven Years
  17.   March Ten, Pt. 2
  18.   It's Time to Come Home
  19.   Last Romantic Day
  20.   Life Without a Brain
  21.   My Head Is In The Sun
  22.   Insomnia
  23.   Big Daddy C.
  24.   Overlee
  25.   The Cruise
  26.   Hello, Hello
  27.   Getting By
  28.   Say Goodbye Forever
  29.   Must Be Wrong
  30.   Damaris
  31.   Jumping Around
  32.   Brilliant Boy
  33.   The Man With Two Brains
  34.   Keep Sleeping
  35.   Barcelona
  36.   Naive
  37.   It's Alright (Reprise)
  38.   March Three
  39.   December One
  40.   September Eight
  41.   Please Let That Be You
  42.   July Twenty One
  43.   February Ten
  44.   October Thirteen
  45.   My Summer Girl
  46.   June Two
  47.   July Twenty Eight
  48.   January Twenty
  49.   February Twenty Four
  50.   She Says It's Alright
  51.   February Three
  52.   December Thirty One
  53.   March Ten, Pt. 1
  54.   October Twenty Seven
  55.   November Ten
  56.   November Twenty Four
  57.   The Future

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