Fonda (band)

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Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresIndie pop
Noise pop
Dream pop
Years active1995—2003, 2011—2013
LabelsMinty Fresh
Hidden Agenda Records
Top Quality Records
Planting Seeds Records
MembersEmily Cook
David Klotz
Johnny Joyner
Ginny Pitchford
Jason Crawford
John Broeckel
Past membersAaron Ryder (drums) (1995-2000)
Aldo Bigante (bass) (1995-1998)
Lora Paelicke (bass) (1999-2001)
Dave Newton (guitars) (1998-2003)
Adam Flanders (drums) (2000-2003)

Fonda is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California.


The band formed in 1994 when singer/keyboardist Emily Cook and guitarist David Klotz met while both working for the same film production company. With the addition of drummer Aaron Ryder, the group played its first live dates at area clubs like Spaceland and Cafe Bleu, and in 1998 issued their debut EP Music for Beginners on the Top Quality label, with the cut "Crazy Love" becoming a staple on L.A. radio station KROQ.[1]

Their debut album, The Invisible Girl peaked at No. 39 on CMJ's Radio 200 Chart in December, 1999. Dave Newton, guitarist for the British band The Mighty Lemon Drops was an active member of Fonda between 1998 and 2003.[2] In 2001, Fonda wrote and performed the theme song to the Miramax/Dimension film, Spy Kids.[3] "Spy Kids (Save The World)" was released as a CD/DVD single in Europe on Gold Circle Records. The song received regular airplay on Radio Disney and the accompanying music video was shown on the Nickelodeon TV Channel. Fonda has since released two full-length albums for the Parasol Records imprint label Hidden Agenda Records.[4] Actor Ted Raimi directed the music video for Fonda's song "Close To Home".[5]

Fonda released their fourth album in January 2013.[6]




  • The Music For Beginners (1998, Top Quality Records)
  • Better Days (2011, Fonda Music, Inc.)
  • Better Days (Expanded Vinyl Edition - 2011, Minty Fresh)

Singles (7" vinyl)[edit]

  • "Summer Land" / "People and Stars" (2000, Planting Seeds Records)


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Artist Biography - Fonda". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  2. ^ "Artists - Top Music Artists and Bands - Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  3. ^ "Splendid: Features: Fonda". 2005-12-31. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Fonda - Close To Home". YouTube. 2006-06-11. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  6. ^ "Fonda - Los Angeles band - David Klotz - Emily Cook". Retrieved 2014-07-14.