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TEL AVIV, Ray Sweeten, Andy Comer, Jay Kraus, band

Tel Aviv.

MEMBERS

Andy Comer,

Jay Kraus,

Ray Sweeten, (1996-)


HOMETOWN

Louisville, Kentucky


MOST POPULAR

Tel Aviv
The Shape of Fiction


GREATEST HITS

The Century Expanded
Honey There is More
I Like Your Style
She Takes Me Places
We Got the Computers


ALSO

Tel Aviv at All Music


Ray's site


DESCRIPTION

The indie rock group Tel Aviv was formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1994 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Comer and guitarist/synth player Jay Kraus, longtime best friends whose teen years were spent listening to Duran Duran and Wham! records.

[Note: Tel Aviv sounds nothing like either of these bands].


RELATED ARTISTS

BLOODY AMATEUR (Andy)

PROSAICS (Andy)

TEL AVIV Cigarette 45 7-inch vinyl 45
TEL AVIV album
TEL AVIV The Shape of Fiction album
TEL AVIV The Century Expanded album
2001 Teen-Beat Sampler album
hollAnd Love Fluxus album
GRENADINE Goya album
CLARENCE self-titled album
MARK ROBINSON Tiger Banana album
TEL AVIV, band, Andy Comer, Jay Kraus, Ray Sweeten

Jay, Ray, Andy [L to R]
at Gravelly Point Park
Arlington, Virginia
Photo by Mark Robinson


TEL AVIV, band, Andy Comer, Jay Kraus, Ray Sweeten

Andy, Ray, Jay
at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Photo by Mark Robinson



TEL AVIV, band, Andy Comer, Jay Kraus, Ray Sweeten

Ray, Andy, Jay
at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Photo by Mark Robinson



BIOGRAPHY

The indie rock group Tel Aviv was formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1994 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Comer and guitarist/synth player Jay Kraus, longtime best friends whose teen years were spent listening to Duran Duran and Wham! records. Under the name Korova, they recorded a demo tape the summer after graduating from high school, mailing a copy to TeenBeat Records; the company initially passed on signing the group, but later label chief Mark Robinson stumbled across the tape, listening to it obsessively during a trip to Europe.

With no other information other than the group's name, Robinson futilely searched for Korova on the internet; he then went on tour with his band Air Miami, with their schedule including a date at Oberlin College, where Comer was attending school. He introduced himself to Robinson at the concert, and quickly the duo was signed to TeenBeat; changing their name to Tel Aviv, they issued their debut single "Cigarette" in mid-1995, followed that fall by their self-titled debut LP. Adding fellow Oberlin student and keyboardist Raymond Sweeten, they returned in early 1997 with The Shape of Fiction.

- Jason Ankeny, All Music

DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Cigarette 45


ALBUMS

Tel Aviv
The Shape of Fiction
The Century Expanded


COMPILATIONS

1996 Teenbeat Sampler
1997 Teenbeat Sampler
1998 Teenbeat Sampler
1999 Teenbeat Sampler


ALSO

Teen-Beat Night at O'Carroll's
Teen-Beat 11th Anniversary Celebrations
Teen-Beat Circus Tour No.2
Teen-Beat Graphica Exhibition


RELATED

Bloody Amateur
Prosaics


SONGS

A Test Pattern
Alarm Clock is Anathema
Another Way of Dying
The Arcade's Project
The Century Expanded
Eyeliner
The Fiction of Shape
Genevieve
Honey There Is More
I Am Particular
I Have Met a Writer
I Like Your Style
Interest
Introduction
Lines (Winter)
Lonely Cell
Melodrama
New York Undercover
Ocean Forever
Photography
Ready-Mades
She Takes Me Places
Third and Ten
2 AM Driver
Undefiled
We Got the Computers (version 1)
We Got the Computers (version 2)