With shimmering, paisley-dappled power pop owing equal parts to Pretty Things’ psychedelics and Badfinger’s brilliantine melody (with just a hint of XTC irony), Jellyfish became something of a sensation in the early-1990s. The British press, American college radio, and (for a brief time) MTV all fawned over the band led by Jason Faulkner and his flowing hair, pastel garb, and emotionally drenched vocals. The group released but two studio records, 1990’s BELLYBUTTON and 1993’s SPILT MILK, before dissolving, but despite a relatively brief existence and showy exterior, the records, featuring iridescent singles like the mournful "That is Why" and the timeless "Baby’s Coming Back," have become mainstays on magazine all-time best lists. Faulkner went on to a distinguished, if underappreciated, solo career.
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