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Remy Zero

Background information
Origin Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Dream pop
Experimental rock
Years active 1989–2003
Labels Warner/Elektra
Associated acts Spartan Fidelity
Former members
Cinjun Tate
Shelby Tate
Jeffrey Cain
Cedric Lemoyne
Gregory Slay

Remy Zero was a Birmingham, Alabama-based alternative rock band made up of Cinjun Tate (vocals, guitar), Shelby Tate (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Gregory Slay (drums, percussion), Cedric Lemoyne (bass guitar), and Jeffrey Cain (guitar).

Before Remy Zero had recorded any full length albums, Radiohead found their demo tape and invited them to be part of the US tour for The Bends. After that, the band moved from Alabama to Los Angeles to record their first album.

Remy Zero's first album, self-titled, drew from these experiences and received little recognition or sales. The subsequent album Villa Elaine caused them to be praised as "the next big thing". Villa Elaine was recorded when the band was living in an apartment of the same name in Hollywood. Remy Zero's third album The Golden Hum was also received well. A 50 second version of the song "Save Me" from The Golden Hum was used as the theme song for WB's Smallville, and continues to be used as the theme as the show continues on The CW network. Remy Zero's music has also been on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show. Remy Zero's song "Shattered" was used in the films Crazy/Beautiful and Suicide Kings. "Fair" from Villa Elaine was used in the films Garden State and Fanboys, "Prophecy" was used in She's All That, The Last Kiss, "Gramarye" was used in the film Stigmata, and most recently, "Perfect Memory" was used in the film The Invisible.

Remy Zero broke up after making The Golden Hum and many of its members have joined new bands. Shelby and Cinjun Tate created Spartan Fidelity, Jeffrey Cain later created Dead Snares; Cedric Lemoyne toured with Alanis Morissette's band before joining O+S. Gregory Slay created Sleepwell.

Remy Zero appeared to toy with the idea of reforming in Summer 2006, announcing a possible reunion on their Myspace page—this was replaced with a more definite message saying that they have "found the spirit to make music together again". In October 2008, this message was removed, and now simply states that they broke up in 2003.

Drummer Gregory Slay died on January 1, 2010, aged 40, of complications from cystic fibrosis.[1]



Studio albums


  • Cinjun Tate and Cedric Lemoyne (formerly Cedric Williams) met and attended middle school together at Gresham Middle School in Birmingham, Alabama, prior to dropping out to form Remy Zero.
  • Made a cameo appearance in episode 1.21 (entitled "Tempest") of WB's Smallville playing "Save Me", the show's theme song, and "Perfect Memory", from The Golden Hum.
  • Cinjun Tate was married to Alyssa Milano for a brief time in 1999.
  • Cedric Lemoyne has said that the band's name came from mishearing the repeated phrase "mammy's hero" on the Kate Bush song "Army Dreamers" (originally appearing on her 1980 album Never For Ever; the song is also included on her greatest hits collection, The Whole Story).[1]
  • On the Fumbling Towards Ecstasy live videocassette, Sarah McLachlan stated that part of the drum loop on the song "Possession" was recycled from an unnamed Remy Zero song. Producer Pierre Marchand worked with both artists during that time.
  • The song "Fair" was featured in the 2008 film Fanboys starring Christopher Marquette and Dan Folger. It also made an appearance in Zach Braff's 2004 movie Garden State.
  • The song "Perfect Memory (I'll Remember You)" was featured during the closing credits of the movie "The Invisible"


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