When I heard that Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick, Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne, and TAYLOR EFFING HANSON were forming a band, I had to check the date on my calendar. Alas, April Fool’s Day is a good month and a half away. So I guess this is either true or the weirdest. publicist-facilitated practical joke. ever.
Here are the details: They are calling themselves Tinted Windows (you know, because they have to drive around with darkened car windows, just to keep the ladies off of Hanson). Apparently, the multi-generational band has already recorded an album, to be released in April, and will play its first gig at SXSW in March.
I am trying to make sense of this, but logic is failing me here. Bun E. Carlos is probably old enough to be Hanson’s grandpa. Will the album sound like a combination of “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “Stacy’s Mom,” “I Want You to Want Me,” and “MMMBop”? And if so, why did the band wait until Obama decided to close Guantanamo to make what may be the best torture music of all time?
I decided I’m not posting *every* article on Tinted Windows. But I’ll post ones that are so awful they’re funny, or actually have new and decent information.
Also – Cain’s Ballroom has added a March 18th show for Tinted Windows – so it seems the SXSW show might not be their debut after all.