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|Samuel Joseph Fogarino|
Fogarino performing at Rock Werchter, 2007.
9 August 1968 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Instruments||Drums, Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Labels||Matador, Soft Limit, Riot House Records|
|Associated acts||Interpol, Magnetic Morning, EmptyMansions|
Samuel Joseph Fogarino (born August 9, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the drummer of New York City band Interpol. He has played in bands such as The Holy Terrors, Gus, The Wahoos, Napoleon Solo, The Ton-ups and The Last Night.
Fogarino began to play the drums at the age of 13. In the early 1990s Fogarino played with the South Florida act, The Holy Terrors as part of a music scene that also produced Marilyn Manson, Jack Off Jill, Saigon Kick and The Mavericks. Manson asked him to join his band at one point, but Fogarino turned him down.
In 1996, Fogarino left South Florida to move to Gainesville (played in a band called Gus, with Jason Lederman), then finally settled in New York City in 1997. He first met guitarist Daniel Kessler in 1998 when he was selling vinyl in Beacon's Closet, a clothing store in Brooklyn. With more than 10 years playing experience, he joined Interpol in 2000 after original drummer Greg Drudy left the band. Fogarino played his first show for Interpol on May 20, 2000 at the Mercury Lounge.
Fogarino is considered the elder statesman of the group, and is generally considered the most friendly and approachable member. He is also very proud of his talents as a chef, with his specialty being pasta. He is married to photographer Christy Bush and lives in Athens, GA.
In early 2007, Fogarino joined with former Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin to form a side-project band called The Setting Suns. Since then, the duo have changed their name to Magnetic Morning and released a six-track EP on iTunes.
In May 2010, Fogarino composed an accompanying soundtrack to Athens, GA Canopy Studio's "Fractured Fairy Tales" aerial dance performance.
Personal life 
- Fogarino has been married twice. He and first wife Cindy Wheeler (from the bands Pee Shy and the Caulfield Sisters) divorced in 2003. He married his second wife, photographer Christy Bush on February 14, 2006. The couple have a daughter, Francesca, born in August 2009.
- Graduated The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1989 with an Associate of Science degree in the music and video business.