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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

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

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