New Band of the Month: August – The Posies

Every month this year, I’m dedicating myself to getting into a new band.  By ‘new band’, what I really mean is an old band who I’ve known of for awhile but have for one reason or another never checked out.  Maybe they were a genre I wasn’t into, maybe they were the favorite band of someone I didn’t like, maybe I was just lazy.  Whatever reason, I’m going to spend the month trying to get into them.

If, at the end of the month, I find myself enjoying the music I’ll buy an album.  And if not, I’ll save my money for something else.

My New Band for August is:

The Posies

From the wiki page

The Posies are an power pop group. The band was formed in 1987 in Bellingham, Washington by primary songwriters Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow. They are best known for their radio hits “Golden Blunders” (from Dear 23), as well as “Dream All Day”, “Solar Sister” and “Flavor of the Month” (from Frosting on the Beater). The band is currently signed to Rykodisc, and has been through a number of bassists and drummers over the years.

My personal history with the Posies:

It comes down to this:

That is Thom Yorke (of Radiohead, duh) playing an acoustic version of Pablo Honey‘s closing track, “Blow Out.”  Instead of being accompanied by Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway, though, the musicians playing with him are Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, the main members of the Posies.  And just as the DJ suggests at the end of the recording, I’ve had a bootleg mp3 of this recording for years.  But, other than that, I know nothing about the Posies.

The reason I picked them was because I was hoping to find a Seattle or Washington band to close out my year here.  Most of the big name bands usually associated with this city (or region, at least) were bands I already knew pretty well, such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Death Cab for Cutie.  While searching for a band, I recognized the name of the Posies, but I had no familiarity with their music.  It’s a pretty safe bet I’ve never intentionally listened to a single song by them.

Though their recording heyday puts them in the same era as other indie heavyweights such as the Pixies and Pavement, I have no idea if the Posies represent the third ‘P’ in the trifecta or if they’re in a world all unto themselves.  This is truly a case of me knowing nothing about them other than what Wikipedia can tell me.  They’re an indie band who signed a major label and then were dropped later on (or they left willingly; not really sure).  They had some mainstream success, but not enough to be a household name.

So here I go.  One last month in Seattle, Washington, and one Washington band to send me on my way.  Check them out with me if you never have, or if you’ve been sitting on the secret greatness of this band for years, please, share with me what I need to know about them and what albums I must, must, must listen to.

One thought on “New Band of the Month: August – The Posies

  1. Listen to a podcast interview with Ken Stringfellow of The Posies on Dig Me Out at, a weekly podcast dedicated to revisiting lost and forgotten rock of the 90s.

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