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The Rentals


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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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Albums by
The Rentals

Top Songs by
The Rentals

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

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