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Pete Yorn
An adult Caucasian male with long wavy black hair wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans plays acoustic guitar and sings into a microphone.
Pete Yorn opening for the Dixie Chicks in Austin, Texas in 2006
Background information
Birth name Peter Joseph Yorn
Born July 27, 1974 (1974-07-27) (age 35), Montville, New Jersey, United States
Genres Rock
Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Harmonica
drums
Years active 2000–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Minibar
Website peteyorn.com

Peter Joseph Yorn (born July 27, 1974, Montville, New Jersey, United States) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who first gained international recognition when his music—including the song "Strange Condition"—appeared in the 2000 film Me, Myself & Irene. Yorn also wrote the film's score.

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Early history

Yorn's father is a dentist and his mother is a former concert pianist who worked as a teacher. His brother Rick is a major agent in Hollywood[1], while his brother Kevin is an entertainment lawyer who represents stars such as Scarlett Johansson.[2] Yorn taught himself to play drums at age nine and soon learned to play the guitar. He attended Montville Township High School in Montville, New Jersey.[3] In 1990, while drumming for his band in a high-school talent contest, someone suggested that he sing The Replacements' song "Talent Show". It went over well enough that a competing band requested that he sing Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" with them.Yorn says that real music comes from real people.

Breakthrough

Yorn was encouraged enough to maintain a focus on music while attending Syracuse University (class of 1996) where he was a major in the department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After graduating, Yorn moved to Los Angeles, where he began to attract a following with his performances at Cafe Largo. Film producer Bradley Thomas (Kingpin & There's Something About Mary) liked Yorn's act enough to request Yorn send him some rough demos for possible inclusion in the Farrelly Brothers' film Me, Myself and Irene. Soon after, Yorn landed a job scoring all of the music to the film and also contributed the songs "Strange Condition" and "Just Another" to the film and its soundtrack. "Just Another" was also featured on the television shows Veronica Mars, Felicity, Dawson's Creek, and Smallville. In addition to appearing on the Me, Myself, and Irene soundtrack, Pete Yorn's recordings have appeared on other movie soundtracks, including Orange County (2001),Bandits (2001), Spider-Man (2002), John Q (2002), Shrek 2 (2004) and My Sister's Keeper (2009).

After experiencing this taste of success, Yorn released his 2001 LP debut, entitled musicforthemorningafter, which went gold on the strength of the album's lead single, "Life on a Chain." Rolling Stone Magazine named Yorn one of "Ten [artists] to Watch in 2001" and gave the album a favorable four-star rating.

Yorn went on to release the 2003 album Day I Forgot which has sold over 300,000 copies to date and scored a third radio hit with the song "Come Back Home."

In 2006, Yorn released his third album, Nightcrawler.

Guitarist Peter Buck of the band R.E.M. has made appearances on several Pete Yorn recordings, including instrumentation on the single version of "Strange Condition" and a number of songs from the Day I Forgot LP. Yorn has worked with producers R. Walt Vincent, Brad Wood, and Ken Andrews of Failure and Year of the Rabbit, in addition to several other producers including Scott Litt, Butch Walker and Sonic Youth producer Don Fleming.

Yorn has shared bills with the Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M., Crowded House, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Coldplay, The Dixie Chicks, Semisonic, and Say Anything, among others.

Yorn's song, "Lose You" can be heard just before the ending credits of the episode "Simple Explanation" on the Fox show House, MD.

The Trilogy

Pete Yorn's third studio release, Nightcrawler, completes a conceptual trilogy of sorts,[4] which spans his first three albums (EPs not included); beginning in the morning with the musicforthemorningafter LP, continuing through the day with the Day I Forgot LP, and arriving at nightfall with the Nightcrawler LP.

In September 2006, while interviewing with silentuproar.com, Yorn elaborated on his true intentions behind the trilogy, remarking that it was at least partially a conscious trilogy but wasn't meant to be taken too seriously: "I didn't mean like a Star Wars Trilogy where it's one story at all." Yorn expressed that the "trilogy" was more of a diary of sorts; a person gaining new life experiences and simply commenting on them in linear order. "So it's a sort of continuing analysis of those topics, and the Night Nightcrawler LP would represent a later phase," Yorn said.[5]

Subsequent releases

In 2008, Pete Yorn recorded and released a new song, entitled "American Blues Vol. 1." A music video was shot for the single, and the song itself was released for free on Yorn's official website for a short period of time. Concerning the song, Yorn has said "I wrote American Blues Vol. 1. on the 4th of July after reading the morning paper. It's unlike any song I've ever written. I was moved by how much negativity I was reading about and how even groups were boycotting Independence Day because they were so disgusted with the state of our Nation. I was hoping things would improve...they obviously haven't yet...but I know they will in time."[6]

According to several sources, Yorn has been writing and recording a respectable amount of new material to be released in 2009; namely two new records. The producers are Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and Frank Black (from Pixies). Two new songs have been released for download on various fan pages that are expected to be included on the new albums; "Sans Fear" and "Shotgun," respectively.

Yorn appears on Canadian artist Matthew Good's 2009 album Vancouver performing backing vocals.

"Can't Hear Anyone," a song that Yorn wrote during the Nightcrawler sessions, was recently used for a Mercedes-Benz commercial and was released as a digital single on March 31, 2009.

Columbia Records released his Mike Mogis-produced album, entitled Back & Fourth on June 23, 2009.[7]

Yorn toured with Coldplay as an opening act through summer 2009 and collaborated with actress/musician Scarlett Johansson to record a project entitled "The Break Up Album." Pete's brother Kevin is Scarlett Johansson's agent.[8] The album was released on September 15, 2009, and its first single—"Relator"—was released digitally on May 26, 2009.

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

EPs

  • Sunset EP (2000)
  • Westerns EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Electric Fetus, 5/6/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Rhino Records, 6/20/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Salzers Records, 6/22/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Fingerprints, 6/23/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Dimple Records, 6/24/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Waterloo Records, 6/28/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Keif's, 6/30/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Vintage Vinyl, 7/1/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from The Exclusive, 7/2/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Singing Dog Records, 7/6/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Ear X-tacy, 7/7/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from New World Record, 7/8/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Record Archive, 7/10/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Bull Moose, 7/11/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Newbury Comics, 7/12/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Record & Tape Traders, 7/13/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Schoolkids Records, 7/15/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Grimey's, 7/17/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Criminal Records, 7/18/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Lasers Edge, 7/19/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Homer's, 7/21/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Twist & Shout, 7/24/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Barts CD Cellar, 7/25/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Graywhale, 7/26/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Easy Street, 7/28/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Music Millennium, 7/29/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Rasputin Music, 7/31/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Lou's, 8/1/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Zia Record Exchange, 8/2/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Olsson's, 8/8/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Plan 9, 8/9/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from A/K/A, 8/11/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Vintage Vinyl, 8/12/06 EP (2006)
  • You & Me Acoustic: Live from Luna Music, 8/16/06 EP (2006)
  • Live from SoHo iTunes-exclusive EP (2007)
  • Paradise Cove EP (2009)[12][13]

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
Germany US Modern Rock Adult Top 40
2001 "Life on a Chain" - - 35 musicforthemorningafter
2001 "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)" - 28 - musicforthemorningafter
2002 "Strange Condition" - 36 34 musicforthemorningafter
2003 "Come Back Home" - 32 - Day I Forgot
2003 "Crystal Village" - - 28 Day I Forgot
2006 "For Us" - 38 - Nightcrawler
2007 "Alive" - - - Nightcrawler
2009 "Don't Wanna Cry" - - - Back and Fourth
2009 "Relator" 100 - - Break Up

Just Another

Non-album tracks

Unreleased songs

  • "Farmer vs. River"
  • "Model American"
  • "When She's Mine"
  • "You Never Knew"
  • "James in Liverpool"
  • "Velcro Shoes"
  • "Rock Crowd"

Videography

  • "June" (2001) directed by Steven Orrit
  • "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)" [Directed by Malik Sayeed]
  • "Life on a Chain" (2001) [Directed by Sam Bayer]
  • "Strange Condition" (2002) [Directed by Marcos Siega]
  • "Come Back Home" 2004 directed by AV Club
  • "Crystal Village" 2004 directed by AV Club
  • "For Us" (2006) [Directed by Robert Hales]
  • AMERICAN BLUES VOL. 1

Backing band

Yorn's current touring band is:

Pete Yorn's last touring band was Minibar, hailing from Britain and including the following members:

  • Malcolm Cross – drums
  • Sid Jordan – bass guitar and backing vocals
  • Joe Kennedy – piano, guitar, and backing vocals (not part of Minibar)
  • Simon Petty – backing vocals and guitar
  • Tim Walker – guitars

Pete Yorn's former backing band went by the name Dirty Bird and includes the following members:

  • Luke Adams – drums
  • Terry Borden – bass guitar and backing vocals
  • Jason Johnson – guitar
  • Joe Kennedy – piano, guitar, backing vocals
  • R. Walt Vincent – bass guitar

Pete Yorn's "eternal bandmates":

  • Joe Kennedy – piano, guitar, and backing vocals
  • WAZ – bass guitar, guitar, and back vocals

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Pete Yorn (27 July 1974 – ) Singer-songwriter born in Montville, New Jersey

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  • Well there is a lot of great music out there but sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find it.

Song Lyrics

  • Saw my reflection, covered in glass. How It reminds me of you. ~ "Turn Of The Century"
  • Don't say nothing bout the old house. Cos I burned it to the ground. And when the darkness comes, I lie awake. Playing lost and found ~ "All At Once"
  • When he comes around. Do not tell him nothing. Do not make a sound. Cos if he knows we're there he might tear his heart out. And beat us to death with it. ~ "All At Once"
  • I was alone, only ‘til you took me away. ~ "Black"
  • Waiting for a bottle of truth. I’m just a lonely guy in my youth. ~ "Black"
  • We were passers on the street. I never thought we'd meet until I said "How do you do, my love? ~ "Simonize"
  • Hey don't lock and turn away lose your life today and follow me into the alleyway. ~ "Simonize"
  • You know you’re the best thing ever To come out of this place ~ "Strange Condition"
  • And it’s a strange condition, And life in prison, It’s got me outta my head And I don’t know what I came for. ~ "Strange Condition"
  • So she won’t sleep better alone, And he won’t sleep better alone, No they won’t feel better alone. ~ "Sleep Better"
  • Don’t try, don’t try, Don’t try you’ll never win, And you can never be him. ~ "Sleep Better"
  • On the street. I was talking to you and you found something better to do. ~ "Carlos (Don't Let It Go To Your Head)
  • And when you're with yourself, oh don't let it go to your head. ~ "Carlos (Don't Let It Go To Your Head)
  • I’m taking what I gave to you again. ~ "EZ"
  • It was easy when you were younger, you can put it back together, it was there if you ever wanted it but you closed the door and said goodbye for good. ~ "EZ"
  • Can we begin again? Save it for another friend, I was happy in my life I won’t pretend. ~ "EZ"
  • I made up that story to change your mind. I could have been somebody else but now I'm me this time. "Intro (Day I Forgot Album)"
  • In your life, you can talk about it. Oh in your life, you can live without. Can live without. ~ "Come Back Home"
  • Say my name before you disappear. I always thought that you could handle this. ~ "Come Back Home"
  • And you know you're hard enough. And you find you're strong enough. Oh yeah you'll find you're hard enough. Oh yeah you'll find you're strong enough. ~ "Come Back Home"
  • There was a time. She could never see him and her fault was to always need him. ~ "So Much Work"
  • And he says “I know about your man” ...and their hearts will broken if you can't decide between them. ~ "So Much Work"
  • And it's the same sad song coming back again. The same old song, flows back again. ~ "So Much Work"
  • It's a lie in the end, you only satisfy your friends. ~ "So Much Work"
  • You don't have to walk alone. ~ "So Much Work"
  • So I sold the town away, I couldn’t wait to forget you, I was killed in half a day, I hadn’t time to regret you, ~ "Life On A Chain"
  • And I was waiting over here for life to begin, I was looking for the new thing And you were the sunshine heading my front line. I was alone you, were just around the corner from me. ~ "Life On A Chain"
  • So why'd you say those words to him. If you could start over again. ~ "When You See The Light"
  • You will remember (you WILL remember!) Where you could go (you WILL remember!) When you would go Away. ~ "When You See The Light"
  • And when you said I could not stay with you. That's not the way you would have wanted to be. ~ "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)"
  • Convince yourself that everything is alright. 'Cos it already is. ~ "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)"
  • So take your lessons hard and stay with him. And when your car crash comes, don't be misled. ~ "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)"
  • You come back and you don't tell the truth to me, no more. ~ "Committed"
  • Once you make your plan you follow it just right. ~ "Committed"
  • When you come back from your escape. Then I could follow you to hell. ~ "Committed"
  • If you hadn’t gone tomorrow, You could have stayed on ‘til June. ~ "June"
  • I’m old enough to feel the way I do. And I know that you are true, it’s just a part of my genes. ~ "June"
  • And you have stayed, A mile away from me, And you will stay a mile away from me. If you know what’s good for you, You could have stayed until June. ~ "June"
  • When I can’t stand. Up in this cage I’m not regretting. ~ "Lose You"
  • I don’t need a better thing. I’d settle for less. It’s another thing for me. I just have to wander through this world. Alone. ~ "Lose You"
  • 'Cause I’m gonna lose you. Yes, I’m gonna lose you. If I’m gonna lose you. I’ll lose you now for good. ~ "Lose You"
  • Come on over tonight. Come on over this morning. Momma says, “You only fall in love once.” ~ "Burrito"
  • And you think you know that they'll always be there. You never had the time. I want you to be fine. ~ "Burrito"
  • Oh Billie I want you so, I'm trying to meet you. Too many things they don’t know, too many repeatings, of beatings. ~ "Closet"
  • And he won’t follow. These lines he’s drawn for him and he don’t want to try. Seeing is believing Lord knows what he sees here every night. ~ "Murray"
  • And we both know. That people change. When truth’s not part of their lives. I’ve seen the love in their eyes. Don’t say goodbye. Goodbye. ~ "Murray"
  • Stay around for me. Out do everyone. Sometimes I catch them. Stay around for me. ~ "Farmer Vs. River"
  • I want you. I know you tried to find. ~ "Farmer Vs. River"
  • The words you never cared to say, “I want to start a family” ~ "Pass Me By"
  • I'm tired of all the people I'm seeing through ~ "Pass Me By"
  • Watch me now. Try. Couldn't walk down that line. Just pass me by. Just passing by. ~ Pass Me By"
  • She called today, Pretending not to care at all, For days and weeks, Now he’s hanging from the ceiling, What a life, Oh what a life, Was it a life? ~ "Sense"
  • I’m wide awake, I’ll drop you off for saying that, For days and two weeks, It was you who was defending such a lie, Oh what a lie, Was it a lie? ~ "Sense"
  • Something won’t forgive it all ~ "Sense"
  • I am on your side. I just want to tell you off. ~ "On Your Side"
  • So many lies. Are taking hold. It’s not your fault. There’s many scars. ~ "On Your Side"
  • You would never have the time. I would love to change your mind. You were there. And it was good in the beginning. ~ "Crystal Village"
  • You were there. We were good in the beginning. ~ "Crystal Village"
  • Take my hand, come with me. I see the lights so brightly. And we fall as if we never really mattered. ~ "Crystal Village"
  • You and I, we’re two of a kind, I hate to say it but you’ll never relate, what makes you tick? It makes me smile. ~ "Just Another"
  • And I could never see you depart us and you’re my baby, you’re just another girl. ~ "Just Another"
  • Too many. Things I do not care for But one thing that I adore. Is a girl like you. ~ "A Girl Like You"
  • And even if. I don't know what the day will bring. Still I can tell most anything. To a girl like you. ~ "A Girl Like You"
  • I don't miss you, still I will take a car to be with you. I don't know you, of course you think you know me. ~ "Long Way Down"
  • If it's we who choose. I'll reach another level. To be that one who never lost a day. ~ "Man In Uniform"
  • I know you never wanted it this way. I can see, I can see. ~ "Man In Uniform"

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Criticism

Saw my reflection, covered in glass. How It reminds me of you. ~ "Turn Of The Century"

If you want a burrito, you can have another bite of mine ~ "Burrito"

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