my favorite

my favorite

My Favorite - Modern Love

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My Favorite was an independent indiepop band formed in Long Island, New York in the early 1990s, who eventually migrated to the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. They released two full length CDs: Love at Absolute Zero and Happiest Days of Our Lives, three e.p.s, and a few limited edition vinyl only singles. My Favorite broke up on September 14, 2005, when singer Andrea Vaughn left the band. My Favorite were frequently discussed in the indie music press of the time in the context of New Wave retro-ism, but are perhaps more accurately thought of in the tradition of romantic, lyric driven post-rock n' roll melancholia, strands of which originated with artists like The Velvet Underground and certain Glam rock artists before reaching their apex in the post-punk period. My Favorite's principal influences included The Smiths, David Bowie, New Order, and various singles from influential labels like Factory, Rough Trade, Cherry Red and Sarah Records. In negotiating these influences and impulses they were contemporaries of The Magnetic Fields and Belle & Sebastian, two bands they performed alongside at New York performances. Michael Grace was also part of a blue beat and oi! centered skinhead subculture during his early twenties, and the influence of certain artists like The Special's and Lee Perry can be heard in certain early recordings. Late in their career, My Favorite found their greatest acclaim in Sweden where they were the focus of a National Radio feature. They performed at three influential festivals and had many smaller, but enthusiastically received performances in cities like Gothenburg and Stockholm. The songs of principal songwriter Michael Grace jr, found a small but passionate cult of fans, who both related to and discussed the words and themes of his songs. These themes include alienation, nostalgia, loss, and love, and are often explored using a series of pulp novel-esque teenage characters and tragedies. References to science fiction, horror, suburbia, and Catholic mysticism (Joan of Arc, St. Theresa) show up frequently as metaphoric settings for what might be described as a post 1980, Generation X "it's all been said/done/lost" emotional malaise. One of the best examples of My Favorite inspired criticism can be found in influential music blog 'The War Against Silence" http://www.furia.com/page.cgi?type=twas&id=twas0470&terms=my+favorite In their career, they made two videos in addition to the two studio albums. They were featured in the Village Voice, New York Post, New York Daily News, The Alternative Press and a few interviews for indie programs such as New York Noise. Their song Homeless Club Kids was featured on a CBS daytime soap. In 2007, the remaining five members of My Favorite joined forces with vocalists Lisa Ronson, the daughter of David Bowie guitarist and Morrissey producer Mick Ronson, and Erin Dermody to form a new band called The Secret History. Their first EP is due out in 2008.[citation needed]