Letters to Cleo

Letters to Cleo

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Letters to Cleo

Img_capt = Press photo
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Boston, Massachusetts
Instruments =
Genre = Alternative rock
Years_active = 1990–2000
Label = CherryDisc Records, Warner, Wicked Disc
Associated_acts = Kay Hanley (solo career)
URL = http://www.letterstocleo.net/
Current_members = Kay Hanley
Michael Eisenstein
Scott Riebling
Greg McKenna
Tom Polce
Past_members = Stacy Jones

Letters to Cleo were an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was made up of members Michael Eisenstein, Kay Hanley, Stacy Jones, Greg McKenna, Scott Riebling, and Tom Polce. Their name came from the fact that Hanley had a pen pal named Cleo when she was younger, although the letters she wrote would often be returned. Hanley kept them in a box under her bed marked "Letters to Cleo", and happened across the box as the band was attempting to think of a name for itself.

Band history

Letters to Cleo was formed in 1990 by guitarist Greg McKenna and singer Kay Hanley, formerly of Rebecca Lula. Its later lineup included Hanley, McKenna, Mike Eisenstein on guitar, Stacy Jones on drums and Scott Riebling on bass.

After years on the Boston club circuit, including TT The Bears Place and The Rathskellar, Letters released their first full length record, "Aurora Gory Alice" on CherryDisc in 1993. The album received extensive airplay around the region and after a much hyped show at South by Southwest in Austin, Letters to Cleo signed a major label record deal with Giant Records. Aurora Gory Alice was re-released worldwide.

The band had their first big hit single with "Here & Now," which received wide exposure from its appearance on the "Melrose Place" soundtrack. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Singles chart. Appearances on Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart followed.

In 1995, Letters to Cleo released a followup album, "Wholesale Meats and Fish". Its release was followed by extensive tours with Our Lady Peace, Sponge, Neds Atomic Dustbin and others. The single "Awake" achieved moderate rotation on alternative radio. The band also recorded a cover of The Cars song "Dangerous Type" for the major motion picture "The Craft".

In 1997, Stacy Jones left the band to join Veruca Salt and was replaced by Tom Polce. That same year, LTC's third album "Go" was released. After a short tour, Polce left the band and was replaced by drummer Jason Sutter. In late 1997, Letters to Cleo parted ways with their record label Giant/Revolution.

1998 saw the release of some early demos and B-sides in the form of the "Sister" EP on Wicked Disc.

Letters to Cleo appeared in the film "10 Things I Hate about You" in 1999 (one of the characters considers them a favorite band). They contributed four songs to the soundtrack for the film, which included a Cheap Trick cover (I Want You to Want Me), and a Nick Lowe cover (Cruel to Be Kind). Also included were two original tracks, "Come On", and the beginning of "Co-Pilot" (which can be heard at the end of the scene of their performance at a local club). Whereas the covers appeared on the film's soundtrack, "Come On" did not but was released as an MP3 download on the Band's website. "Co-Pilot" was also not on the film's soundtrack and was not released as an MP3 download.

During that same year, LTC opened for Cheap Trick at The Paradise club in Boston.

The band played its last show on May 4, 2000, a benefit for their friend and longtime local supporter, Mikey D. They announced their disbandment in the "Boston Globe" the following month. Most of the band members are now involved in solo careers. Most notable is Kay Hanley's career, which produced the album "Cherry Marmalade" in 2002 and the EP "The Babydoll EP" in 2004.

Former drummer Stacy Jones went on to form American Hi-Fi with fellow Boston musicians Drew Parsons, Jamie Arentzen and Brian Nolan.

Scott Riebling went into the production side of music and is now a producer and engineer.

Co-founding member Greg McKenna is currently playing live with his solo project, Murder Capitol of the World. The debut album was released in the summer of 2007.

They have since reunited.


* Kay Hanley - vocals
* Greg McKenna - guitar, backing vocals
* Michael Eisenstein - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
* Scott Riebling - bass, backing vocals
* Stacy Jones - drums
* Tom Polce - drums





*The Giant Records re-release of "Aurora Gory Alice" contains different versions of the songs "Here & Now" and "Rim Shak" than the original CherryDisc release.
*Greg and Kay's previous band had many rotating members, including Abe Laboriel Jr., who is now drumming for Paul McCartney.
*Matthew Sweet stepped in as guest bass player for LTC during the recording of the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack.
*Letters to Cleo recorded the theme song and music for the short lived animated series Generation O.
*Their video of "Here and Now" was featured in the Beavis and Butt-head cartoon "Beavis, Can You Spare A Dime" on MTV in 1995.
*"Josie & The Pussycats" Original Soundtrack-Play-Tone/Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax EK 85683 Voice of Josie: Kay Hanley on the 11 Josie & The Pussycat's songs (2001)
*Scott Riebling played bass for Weezer on the single version of "Pink Triangle." [http://www.weezer.com/info/recording/WeezRecHist9.htm]
*The band is identified as the favorite of Katarina Stratford in the film 10 Things I Hate About You

ee also

*1990s music groups
*List of alternative music artists


*Dillon, Charlotte. " [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Bqta9qj3bojfa Letters to Cleo] ". Allmusic. Retrieved March 28, 2004.

External links

* [http://www.letterstocleo.net/ Letters to Cleo's official web site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/letterstocleo Letters to Cleo on MySpace]
* [http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/music/general/view.bg?articleid=1124716 Letters to Cleo reunites] Boston Herald

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