The Hang Ups

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The Hang Ups
The Hang Ups performing live at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN on May 30, 2013.jpg
The Hang Ups (L to R: Tighe, Ittner, Kearns) perform at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Years active1990–present
LabelsClean Music, Restless Records, Trampoline
Associated actsThe Owls
The Starfolk
MembersBrian Tighe
Jeff Kearns
Stephen Ittner
Past membersJohn Crozier
Aaron Lundholm
Chadwick Nelson
Marcel Galang
Todd Newman

The Hang Ups are an indie pop rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, formed in 1990 and fronted by vocalist and guitarist Brian Tighe. Other members include Jeff Kearns (bass, vocals), Stephen Ittner (drums), and John Crozier (guitar). Producer and band friend Bryan Hanna replaced Ittner on the drums while the band toured. The Hang Ups released their debut EP Comin' Through in 1993, and have since released four studio albums. The band's efforts have been met with warm local and national critical response,[1] and are perhaps most well known for the songs "Jump Start", which appeared in the Kevin Smith film Chasing Amy,[2] and "Top of Morning," which featured in an episode of Dawson's Creek.[3] Although the band never officially broke up, by 2011 most of its members had moved on to other projects, with occasional reunions.[4]


Frontman Brian Tighe originally pursued a career in the visual arts. While working as an artist's assistant in New York City, Tighe began writing music, and eventually abandoned visual arts in favor of music, returning home to Minneapolis to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. There, in 1987, he met Jeff Kearns and Stephen Ittner, and the three later formed the original Hang Ups. Soon after, guitarist John Crozier joined them, after criticizing the band's sound. The band was later signed to the local Minneapolis label Clean Records, which the band would stay with for the release of the debut EP Comin' Through and their first full studio album, He's After Me.[5] Restless Records released The Hang Ups' follow-up So We Go in 1996, as well as their 1999 record Second Story, which was recorded with Don Dixon and Mitch Easter.[6] 2003 saw the release of their self-titled album on Pete Yorn's Trampoline Records.[7] The Hang Ups became available as a digital download for the first time in 2013 on the Korda Records label.[8]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • He's After Me (Clean, 1993)
  • So We Go (Restless, 1996)
  • Second Story (Restless, 1999)[9]
  • The Hang Ups (Trampoline, 2003)


  • Comin' Through (Clean, 1993)



  1. ^ "Press Quotes" Retrieved on December 4, 2009
  2. ^ "Biography on" Retrieved on December 4, 2009
  3. ^ Roos, John (11 August 1999). "Hang Ups Turn to Old Pros to Fashion a Breakthrough". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  4. ^ Sigelman, Danny (15 July 2011). "Seven Inches of Minnesota Music: The Hang Ups, "Top of Morning"". City Pages. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Biography on the Hang Ups website" Retrieved on December 4, 2009
  6. ^ Harris, Keith. "A Sense of Where You Are." City Pages Nov. 3, 1999. Web.
  7. ^ Terhark, Chuck. "Under Cover." City Pages Nov. 19, 2003. Web.
  8. ^ "Announcing Korda 006 The Hang Ups!". Retrieved 26 Sep 2013.
  9. ^ New York - Volume 32, Issues 22-28 1999 -- Page 188 "Pickings are a bit more slim for rock fans, but the Missed-out jangle-pop of the HangUps (whose new album, Second Story, was helmed by legendary producers Don Dixon and Mitch Easter, who last teamed up to produce R.E.M.'s Reckoning"