Jellyfish (band)

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Jellyfish c. 1993.
From left: Andy Sturmer, Tim Smith, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., and Eric Dover.
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active 1989–1994
Labels Charisma
Associated acts
Past members

Jellyfish was an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1989. Their original line-up consisted of songwriters Andy Sturmer (drums, vocals) and Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (keyboards, vocals), guitarist Jason Falkner, and bassist Chris Manning. Sturmer and Manning Jr led the group and were its only consistent members.

The band's music is characterized for its blending of 1970s classic rock and XTC-style power pop.[3] They released only two LPs, Bellybutton (1990) and Spilt Milk (1993), before breaking up in 1994. They have since been recognized for their influence on artists of a similar mindset or approach.[1]


  • Andy Sturmer – vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar (1989–1994)
  • Roger Manning – keyboards, vocals (1989–1994)
  • Jason Falkner – guitars, bass, vocals (1989–1992)
  • Chris Manning – bass, vocals (1989–1992)
  • Eric Dover – guitar, vocals (1992–1994)
  • Tim Smith – bass, vocals (1992–1994)



Studio albums

Live albums

  • Live At Bogart's (2012)
  • Radio Jellyfish (2013)


  • Jellyfish Comes Alive (1991) (US promo)
  • The Scary-Go-Round EP featuring Now She Knows He's Wrong (1991) (UK-exclusive)
  • New Mistake EP (1993) (Japan-exclusive)


  • The Greatest (1998) (Japan-exclusive)
  • Fan Club (2002) (box set of demos, rarities and live performances)
  • Best! (2006)
  • Stack-a-Tracks (2012) (backing tracks from Bellybutton and Spilt Milk)



Year Song Peak chart positions Album

1990 "The King Is Half-Undressed" 19 39 Bellybutton
"That Is Why" 11
1991 "Baby's Coming Back" 62 51
"Now She Knows She's Wrong" 49
"I Wanna Stay Home" 59
"Ignorance is Bliss" non-album single
1993 "The Ghost at Number One" 9 43 Spilt Milk
"New Mistake" 55
"Joining a Fan Club"
"Bye, Bye, Bye"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


  1. ^ a b c d Monger, James Christopher (n.d.). "Jellyfish". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (2003). Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 473. ISBN 0-634-05548-8. 
  3. ^ ""I Will Refuse": 13 bands that could reunite, but won't". The A.V. Club. March 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 281. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ a b "Jellyfish: Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  6. ^ Singles chart data from James Masterton, 16 May 2007 Archived July 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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