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

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