Josh Joplin Group was an American Georgia-based folk rock band led by singer-songwriter Josh Joplin. Joplin brought the group its trademark combination of introspective lyrics, catchy melodies, and lead vocals that, to many, sound identical to those of R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (to the point that one Joplin song, "Happy at Last," begins, "I sound like Michael Stipe and I dream like Carl Jung").

After releasing two independent albums - Projector Head and Boxing Nostalgic - under the name Josh Joplin Band, the group signed to Artemis Records and released Useful Music in 2001. Produced largely by Shawn Mullins, the album received strong reviews but failed to make much commercial impact. It did, however, spawn a mild hit in "Camera One,". Featuring a more rock-edged, radio-friendly sound than most of the material on Useful Music, the song peaked at #22 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart in 2001, and was featured in an episode of the comedy series Scrubs (season 1, episode 7, "My Super Ego").

In September 2002, Josh Joplin Group released its second major-label album, The Future That Was. On this record, Joplin's lyrics were noticeably more clever and playful than on Useful Music, with subject matter including the nature of popularity ("The Wonderful Ones"), the absurdity of snobbery among music lovers ("It's Only Entertainment"), and the uselessness of trying to predict the future ("The Future That Was"). The musical styles were similarly varied, ranging from slow piano- and acoustic guitar-driven pop to upbeat keyboard- and electric guitar-based rock.

Like its predecessor, The Future That Was received critical acclaim but sold poorly. Artemis released two singles from the album, "I Am Not the Only Cowboy" and "Wonder Wheel," but neither one took off. In the fall of 2003, the band announced that it was breaking up and would play its final two shows in Atlanta in December of that year.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Aware Seven: The Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 Promo Only: Mainstream Radio, January 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Alternative Times, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
2001 Rolling Stone: New Voices, Volume 43 Various Artists 1
2001 WTTS 92.3 Fresh New Music Various Artists 1
2002 Radio Station New Music Sampler - Fall 2002 Various Artists 1
2003 Paste Magazine Sampler #03: Q1 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 Travelling Light Dimitris Papaspyropoulos 1
Black and White World Various Artists 1
In Your Ear 5 Various Artists 1
Monitor This! Feb/Mar 2001 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Cities 97 Sampler, Volume 13 Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Kink Live IV Various Artists 1
WBOS: Live From the Archives, Volume 1 Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 99X Big Day Out: Idle Worship Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Acoustic Best 7 Various Artists 1

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