Tinted Windows (band)

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Tinted Windows
Tinted Windows at the Black Cat nighclub in 2009
Tinted Windows at the Black Cat nighclub in 2009
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active2009–2011
Past membersAdam Schlesinger
Taylor Hanson
James Iha
Bun E. Carlos

Tinted Windows were an American rock supergroup formed by guitarist James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins, singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Ivy, and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick. The band issued one album in 2009, and performed live in 2009 and 2010. Josh Lattanzi also often performed with the band as the second guitarist.


The first performance by the band was on March 18, 2009, at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1] The band made their South by Southwest debut on March 20, 2009, at the Levi/Fader Fort, followed by a set at the Pangea Lounge.[2] The band also played at The Bamboozle in New Jersey on May 3, 2009.[3][4]

On February 19, 2009, it was announced that the band signed with S-Curve Records, the label best known for releasing such acts as Joss Stone, Fountains of Wayne and Tom Jones. On April 21, 2009, it was confirmed that their self-titled album Tinted Windows had been released on that label.[5][6]

On February 24, the band digitally released their debut single "Kind of a Girl" alongside a promotional video, with a segment from a fictional music show Rock After Dark. They performed the song on Late Show with David Letterman on April 21.[7][8] They performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 24.

Tinted Windows played concerts in the U.S. in June, August, and September 2009, and in Japan in January 2010.

The band's Facebook page has not had a post since December 6, 2009. And while the band initially appeared on their record label S-Curve Records' website, they were removed from the artist lineup sometime between June 6 and August 8, 2011.[9]

In 2014, band member Taylor Hanson mentioned the band to the press a number of times. In an interview published October 9, 2014, with Coup De Main Magazine, Hanson indicated that the band would be reconvening to write new material "sometime next month" and there was "some process going on now to make a new album."[10] However, no further updates were given, and there is no evidence that any new post-first album material was either written or recorded.

In 2020, former Tinted Windows member Adam Schlesinger died of complications related to COVID-19.[11][12]



  1. ^ "Tinted Windows show sells out fast". Tulsa World. February 27, 2009. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "SXSW interview discussing the formation of Tinted Windows". Roxwel.com. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bamboozle unveils lineups/days". Punknews.org. February 6, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "SXSW 2009 ARTIST ALERT: Tinted Windows". Yahoo! Music. March 21, 2009.
  5. ^ Newman, Melinda (February 20, 2009). "Breaking: Taylor Hanson's new band, Tinted Windows, signs to S-Curve". Hitfix.com. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "WTF: Members of Smashing Pumpkins, Hanson, Cheap Trick, and Fountains of Wayne Form Band". Pitchforkmedia.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "Breaking: Tinted Windows". Rolling Stone. April 15, 2009. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  8. ^ Graff, Gary (April 16, 2009). "Tinted Windows Ready To Hit The Road". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  9. ^ "S-Curve Records Artists". S-Curve Records. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "INTERVIEW: TAYLOR HANSON ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FANS, INNOVATION & STAYING TRUE". Coupe De Main Magazine. Archived from the original on July 5, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' musician, dies of coronavirus at 52". NBC News. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger Dies At 52 After Contracting COVID-19". NPR.org. Retrieved April 2, 2020.

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