Pop Quiz: Tinted Windows

Aidin Vaziri | Tinted Windows probably isn’t the most unusual supergroup in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, but it ranks up there with Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick on drums, James Iha from Smashing Pumpkins on guitar, Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne on bass and Taylor Hanson from pre-Jonas teen-pop idols Hanson on vocals. The group’s self-titled album, a power-pop dream influenced by everyone from the Buzzcocks to the Knack, was released this year.


Taylor Hanson of Tinted Windows
Q: You’re not playing any instruments as a member of Tinted Windows. Have you figured out what to do with your hands onstage?
A: In isolation, that could be a very funny question. I’ve figured out what to do with my hands … onstage. I’m a percussion player, so I grab a tambourine as much as I can. Otherwise I subtly molest the mike stand.
Q: Stop, you’re going to make your keyboards jealous.
A: That’s part of the whole deal, talking about what would make this band different about what we’ve done before. One of the things was backing away from instruments that don’t have strings, things that are typically more lush. The songs are so straight-ahead and so pop that we wanted to keep it loud and simple.
Q: I was at Shoreline Amphitheatre when Hanson played on July 15, 1998. Do you remember me?
A: Oh, my gosh. I totally remember you. You had the blue hat, right?
Q: It was actually green.
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