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

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