Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer formed the Posies in Seattle in the mid '80s, releasing their classic debut in 1988. Their effortless melding of power-pop harmonies, punk energy, and insightful lyrics seemed at once a throwback to and a savvy reimagining of the '60s British Invasion. By 1990, they were signed to Geffen and released a trio of great albums there. The band's critical and popular ascent dovetailed nicely with the burgeoning grunge/alternative scene, but they were unceremoniously dropped from the label after failing to produce a "hit." Although the band had officially called it quits by the end of the millennium, Stringfellow and Auer toured and recorded as an acoustic duo, and were both a part of the Minus Five and the reformed Big Star. The full-band reunited in 2005 for a studio album and tour.