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Ongoing History Daily: A great where-are-they-now story

If you’re into the alt-rock of the 90s, you probably remember a band from LA called Tonic. They had quite a bit of success with Lemon Parade album, which was released in 1996. It featured a couple of big hits on alt-rock radio including “If You Could Only See” and “Open Up Your Eyes.”

But that was Tonic at the peak of their powers. They broke up in 2004 and then reunited for occasional gigs and recordings in 2008. But let’s focus on guitarist Jeff Russo.

He moved into scoring television and movies. If you’ve ever watched the series Fargo, that’s Jeff’s work. He was even nominated for an Emmy. And then he fluked into a gig writing music for the new Star Trek iterations including Picard. He’s now orchestrating big productions.

It just goes to show you that there can be life after being in a band. For more on Jeff, go here.

Friday’s post was about the origin of the term “Goth.”

And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: A great where-are-they-now story

  • Jeff Russo was the first musician I ever met, when Dishwalla, Tonic and the Refreshments played at Niagara University in ’96 or ’97. He signed my t-shirt. Thought that was the coolest thing ever.


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