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The Presidents of the United States of America

"The Presidents of the United States of America" is a Seattle alternative rock band best known for their quirky, often nonsensical songs that defied the typical sound of most bands from the Pacific Northwest at the time. They were one of the biggest groups to come from Seattle following the decline of grunge in the mid-1990s. Their name was chosen as a means of getting people's attention.


The band was formed in late 1993 by Chris Ballew (basitar) and Dave Dederer (guitbass). Initially a drummerless duo, Ballew and Dederer performed a half-dozen or so shows in 1993 as "The Lo-Fis," "The Dynamic Duo," and "Pure Frosting." Ballew eventually came upon the name "The Presidents of the United States of America" while playing music while high off of marijuana with a few of his friends in a North Seattle basement. Of the names he made up on the spot that night, "The Presidents" got the biggest rise out of the eleven stoners who happened to be listening. Shortly after settling on their name, Ballew and Dederer added drummer Jason Finn; the band played their first show as a trio at Seattle's Romper Room in early December 1993. At the time, Finn was also the drummer in a...

years active 1993–1998
2000–Present (time)
status Active
country Seattle, Washington
music genre Alternative rock
current members Chris Ballew
Dave Dederer
Jason Finn
Andrew McKeag
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source: Wikipedia