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Plain White T's
Plain White T's
Background Information
Origin Lombard, Illinois
Genre Pop Rock
Pop Punk
Alternative Rock
Years active 1997–present
Label(s) Atlantic
Fearless
Hollywood (2006-present)
Website http://www.plainwhitets.com
Members
Tom Higgenson
Dave Tirio
Mike Retondo
Tim Lopez
De'Mar Hamilton
Former Members
Steve Mast
Ken Fletcher

Plain White T's is an American pop rock band, originally from Lombard, Illinois. Formed in 1997 by high school friends Tom Higgenson and Ken Fletcher, the group had a mostly underground following in Chicago basements, clubs, and bars in its early years, and underwent numerous personnel changes.[1][2] The band is best known for the songs "Hey There Delilah", which charted highly in many countries, and "1, 2, 3, 4". In 2008, they received a Grammy nomination for "Hey There Delilah".[3] The band broke into the mainstream following the success of "Hey There Delilah" and the well-received "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)" from the album Every Second Counts. In 2008, the group released Big Bad World. The group's latest album is The Wonders Of The Younger.[1]

HistoryEdit

Early formationEdit

The Plain White T's formed in Lombard, Illinois USA, in 1997. Vocalist and guitarist Tom Higgenson and bass player Ken Fletcher had been in a band together. They decided to move on and asked friend Dave Tirio to play drums for a power-pop trio. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally interested with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey's Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group ultimately disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly launched an additional band, with Higgenson taking over lead duties as songwriter and singer. Drummer Dave Tirio subsequently joined the new lineup, bringing Plain White T's to fruition during the fall of 1997. [4][5]

Higgenson suffered a car crash in 1999, breaking several vertebrae in the accident. [6]

Mainstream breakthrough (2006–2008)Edit

In early 2006, the band teamed with Motion City Soundtrack for a Winter/Spring tour. "Hey There Delilah" was first released on their third album All That We Needed in 2005. The same year the band was featured for a month as a "Hip Clipz" artist on the website of Curly Grrlz Skateboards. In 2006, "the release of a single from their 2008 album Big Bad World. The album had two hit singles: "1, 2, 3, 4" and "Natural Disaster". Both were on the AT40 at numbers 1 and 2 for three consecutive weeks. By late 2008, the band had joined the Rock Band Live tour with Panic! At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional and The Cab. Later that year, the band played at the Give It a Name festival in the UK.

The Wonders Of The Younger: New Sound 2010Edit

The band's new single "Rhythm of Love" went live on alternativeaddiction.com in July 2010. The track is the first from their upcoming full length album The Wonders Of The Younger. The record sees the band leaving their previous sound behind and adopting a "live-in-the room acoustic California-pop feel", and is the first to feature songs without lead singer Tom Higgenson, instead with guitarist Tim Lopez taking the lead vocal duties on several tracks.

Band membersEdit

  • Tom Higgenson — lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • De'Mar Hamilton — drums, percussion
  • Dave Tirio — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Tim G. Lopez — lead guitar, vocals (2001-present)
  • Mike Retondo — bass, backing vocals (2005-present)

Previous membersEdit

  • Ken Fletcher — bass (1997-2005)
  • Steve Mast — lead guitar/vocals (1997-2008)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[7]
US
Rock

[8]
US
Indie

[7]
US
Heat

[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[10]
CHE
[11]
FRA
[12]
NLD
[13]
UK
[14]
2000 Come on Over

  • Released: 2000
  • Label: self-released
 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
2002 Stop

  • Released: August 20, 2002
  • Label: Fearless
 —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
2005 All That We Needed

  • Released: January 25, 2005
  • Label: Fearless
 —  — 31 26  —  —  —  —  —  —
2006 Every Second Counts

  • Released: September 12, 2006
  • Label: Hollywood
10 3  —  — 45 27 66 65 66 3
2008 Big Bad World

  • Released: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Hollywood
33 14  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
2010 The Wonders Of The Younger

  • Released: December 7, 2010
  • Label: Hollywood
149 23  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended playsEdit

Year Album details Peak positions
US
Indie
[7]
2001 Rip Off the Hits

  • Released: 2001
  • Label: self-released
 —
2007 Hey There Delilah EP

  • Released: May 21, 2007
  • Label: Hollywood
36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[15]
US
Pop

[15]
US
Alt.

[16]
AUS
[10]
CAN
[15]
FRA
[12]
GER
[17]
NLD
[13]
NZ
[18]
UK
[14]
2004 "All That We Needed"  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  — All That We Needed
2005 "Take Me Away"  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
2006 "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)" 68 61 25  —  —  —  —  —  — 53 Every Second Counts
2007 "Hey There Delilah" 1 1 3 3 1 26 1 8 9 2
"Our Time Now" 90 66 29 37  —  — 87  —  — 114
2008 "Natural Disaster" 125  — 38  —  —  —  —  —  —  — Big Bad World
"1, 2, 3, 4" 34 39  —  —  —  — 37  —  —  —
2010 "Rhythm of Love" 42 33  — 85  —  — 76  — 60 The Wonders of the Younger
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest appearancesEdit

Year Song Album
2007 "Recluse"
(Stacy Clark featuring Plain White T's)
Apples and Oranges
2008 "Little Miss Obsessive"
(Ashlee Simpson featuring Tom Higgenson)
Bittersweet World
2009 "Bored of Your Love"
(Meg and Dia featuring Tom Higgenson)
Here, Here, and Here
2009 "U and I"
(Crash Boom Bang featuring Tom Higgenson)
Gold Rush

Compilation appearancesEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • Greek - The band provides "Our Time Now" as the theme for commercials and trailers for the show. They appear playing the song as well as "Hey There Delilah" in the episode "The Rusty Nail". They play the songs "Friends Don't let Friends Dial Drunk" and "Making A Memory" in the episode "Friday Night Frights", and they also play the songs "Come Back To Me", "You and ME" and "Let Me Take You There" on the episode "A New Normal". Two members of the band also appear in the episode "The Great Cappie" as members of the Kappa Tau fraternity.
  • iCarly - The band appears as a special guest for the webshow in the episode "iRue the Day", singing their song "Our Time Now".
  • "Making A Memory" was featured in the final episode to feature Katy Fox (Hannah Tointon) in the UK soap opera Hollyoaks, symbolizing what should be happening rather than what was happening.
  • "Revenge" is used as the theme song to the NYC TV show Secrets of New York.
  • "1,2,3,4" and "Gimme A Chance" were featured in the teen drama 90210.
  • "1,2,3,4" is featured in a Hallmark Cards commercial for Valentine's Day 2010.
  • "Rhythm of Love" was featured in a fall 2010 promo for the season two premiere of Parenthood on NBC.
  • "Rhythm of Love" was featured in a fall 2010 promo for the season premiere of Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family.

AwardsEdit

  1. Grammy Awards
  • Best Pop Performance by a Group for "Hey There Delilah" - Nominated In 2008
  1. Teen Choice Award
  • Choice Summer Song for "Hey There Delilah" - Won In 2007
  1. American Music Awards
  • Best New Artist - Nominated In 2007
  1. MTV Woodie Award
  • The Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist) - Won In 2006

Other InformationEdit

Tom Higgenson, as well as many other Members of the Plain White T's went to Willowbrook High School Class of 1997.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 {Plain White T's
  2. Plain White T's
  3. Grammy.com: 2008 Nominations and Winners
  4. http://www.100xr.com/100_XR/Artists/P/Plain_White_T_s.htm
  5. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/plain_white_t_s/artist.jhtml#biographyEnd
  6. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/19931891/ns/today-today_entertainment/
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Plain White T's > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  8. Plain White T's Album & Song Chart History: Rock Albums
  9. Plain White T's Album & Song Chart History: Heatseekers Albums
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Discography Plain White T's
  11. Discographie Plain White T's
  12. 12.0 12.1 Discographie Plain White T's
  13. 13.0 13.1 Discografie Plain White T's
  14. 14.0 14.1 Chart Log UK: Rodney P. - The Pussycat Dolls
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Plain White T's > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles
  16. Plain White T's Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs
  17. Chartverfolgung / Plain White T's / Single
  18. Discography Plain White T's
  19. Amazon.com: Disneymania, Vol. 6: Various Artists: Music

External linksEdit


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