The Presidents of the United States of America
The Presidents of the United States of America

The Presidents of the United States of America

About The Presidents of the United States of America

The Presidents of the United States of America was a post-grunge power-pop trio whose punky sound and oddball humor brought them success in the mid-’90s.

∙ Formed in 1990 by childhood friends Chris Ballew and Dave Dederer, the Seattle band became locally popular on the strength of their live shows and an early demo tape.
∙ The band’s self-titled 1995 debut album—featuring the chart-topping Modern Rock single “Lump”—reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and went triple-Platinum.
∙ The hit single “Peaches” received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal in 1996.
∙ Their cover of Ian Hunter’s “Cleveland Rocks” was used as the opening song for The Drew Carey Show from 1997 to 2004.
∙ As Caspar Babypants, Ballew has released albums for kids since 2002—and his 18th LP, Flying High!, received a 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Music Album.
∙ In 2008, their friend “Weird Al” Yankovic—who spoofed their hit “Lump” with the 1996 single “Gump”—directed the video for their track “Mixed up S.O.B.”

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • FORMED
    1990

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