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The Young Fresh Fellows are an American alternative rock group that was formed in 1981 in Seattle, Washington, by Scott McCaughey and Chuck Carroll; Tad Hutchison, Chuck Carroll's first cousin, joined for the recording of the group's debut album in 1983.

Their first album was The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest (1984) after which Jim Sangster joined the group on bass and McCaughey switched from bass to guitar. Carroll left the group in 1988, and was replaced by Kurt Bloch from The Fastbacks.

The song "Amy Grant", a comical song about Contemporary Christian music and pop music artist Amy Grant, from the album The Men Who Loved Music, was a huge success on college radio and arguably their biggest hit.

The band are still together, although after 1996's A Tribute To Music they released no new material until Because We Hate You (2001), a split release with McCaughey's other band, the Minus 5. McCaughey has given more attention to the Minus 5 since then, while Bloch and Sangster have formed the band Sgt. Major, and Hutchison is working more on visual art and design, as well as performing/recording as Chris & Tad with Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America. However, the Fellows released I Think This Is in 2009 and embarked on a tour of Spain that October.

From 1994 to 2011, McCaughey was a sort of "fifth member" of R.E.M., working with the band both onstage and in the studio.

The band was mentioned in the They Might Be Giants song "Twisting", and in "Big Salty Tears" by The Ziggens, which was later covered by Bradley Nowell of Sublime on the album Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends.

The tribute album This One's for the Fellows (2004) features twenty covers of Young Fresh Fellows songs by artists including The Presidents of the United States of America, Robyn Hitchcock, and The Makers. The Presidents' cover was featured in "Benderama," an episode of Futurama.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest: A Tonic of Tones to Pipe the Visitors Abroad The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1986 Topsy Turvy The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1987 The Men Who Loved Music The Young Fresh Fellows 2
1988 Totally Lost The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1989 This One's for the Ladies The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1991 Electric Bird Digest The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1992 It's Low Beat Time The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1999 A Tribute to Music The Young Fresh Fellows 1
2001 Because We Hate You / Let the War Against Music Begin The Young Fresh Fellows / The Minus 5 3 1
2009 I Think This Is The Young Fresh Fellows 2
2012 Tiempo De Lujo The Young Fresh Fellows 1
Beans and Tolerance The Young Fresh Fellows 1
GAG FAh The Young Fresh Fellows 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 When We Were Good The Young Fresh Fellows 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Sick & Tired of Me The Young Fresh Fellows 1
1994 Gorilla Time! The Young Fresh Fellows 1
Mathisization The Young Fresh Fellows 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Refreshments The Young Fresh Fellows 1

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