Clem Snide is an alt-country indie rock band from New York, NY and Nashville, TN consisting of chief songwriter/singer/guitarist Eef Barzelay, bassist/cellist Jason Glasser, and current members including multi-instrumentalist Pete Fitzpatrick, and his cousin Brendan Fitzpatrick.
The band formed in 1991, when Barzelay wanted an outlet for his songwriting, but separated in 1994 after releasing a couple 7" singles. A few years later, Barzelay met back up with Glasser and began writing songs again, performing under the name Fruit Key. After adding a bassist and drummer, they reclaimed the name Clem Snide, recorded songs, continued performing, and, in 1998, issued their first album, You Were a Diamond (produced by Adam Lasus) on Tractor Beam Records. This album received some short-term major label attention, enough for Clem Snide to release their second album, Your Favorite Music, on Sire Records, before being dropped prior to the album's release.