Well it’s Independence Day, so it only seems fair that we do an FYI on The Presidents of the United States of America.

  • Chris Ballew (vocals, basitar) and Dave Dederer (guitbass) began as a duo under the names The Lo-Fis, The Dynamic Duo and Pure Frosting in 1993.
  • Drummer Jason Finn would soon round out the line-up, while he was still in the band Love Battery.
  • The complete band performed their first show in December of 1993 at Seattle’s Romper Room.
  • The President’s of the United States of America first recording was a 10 song cassette entitled Froggystyle.
  • The band signed to Seattle record label PopLlama in 1994 and soon released their self-titled debut album.
  • PUSA then signed to Columbia Records, and their debut album was re-released in July of 1995.
  • The lyrics to “Lump” came from a strange dream that Chris Ballew had while having an allergic reaction to antibiotics.
  • “Weird” Al Yankovic parodied “Lump” with his tune “Gump” on 1996′s Bad Hair Day.
  • “Peaches” was written about a crush that Ballew had, since he stood underneath her peach tree and squeezed peaches trying to build up the courage to talk to her.
  • “Kitty” originally appeared on Froggystyle, but was entitled “Kitty at My Foot”.
  • In the fall of 1995 the band turned down an offer to perform on Saturday Night Live, since the date conflicted with Chris Ballew’s wedding.
  • On President’s Day, 1996 PUSA performed at Mount Rushmore.
  • II was released on November 5, 1996 and included several re-recorded tracks from Froggystyle.
  • II would reach number 31 on the Billboard 200.
  • PUSA recorded a version of the theme song to George of the Jungle for the 1997 live action adaptation staring Brendan Fraser.
  • In January of 1998 The Presidents of the United States of America broke up, since Chris Ballew wanted to spend more time with his family and other musical ventures.
  • Pure Frosting was a compilation album released on March 10, 1998.
  • PUSA recorded a cover of the the Buggles classic “Video Killed the Radio Star”, which appeared on the Wedding Singer soundtrack and Pure Frosting.
  • The Drew Carey Show used the band’s cover of “Cleveland Rocks” as it’s theme song. The song was originally written and performed by Mott the Hopple frontman Ian Hunter.
  • The band wrote the theme song for the made for TV movie My Date with the President’s Daughter in 1998, which stared Will Friedle, who know the big brother from Boy Meets World.
  • After PUSA broke up, the band went on to various side projects, including: Ballew releasing albums with The Tycoons and The Giraffes, Dederer working with Duff McKagan in The Gentleman and Loaded and Finn jamming with The Nevada Bachelors, The Fastbacks and his former band Love Battery.
  • PUSA worked with Sir Mix-A-Lot in the rock and hip-hop group Subset.
  • Columbia released Lump, a greatest hits compilation, on January 1, 2000.
  • The band reformed in 2000 to record the single “Jupiter” for MUSICBLITZ Records. The web based label would go on to convince the band to record a new album.
  • Freaked Out and Small was released on September 12, 2000. This was the first album where the band used normal guitars and bass guitars.
  • The band broke up and once again reformed by 2004.
  • Love Everybody was released on August 17, 2004 through the band’s own label, PUSA Inc.
  • Guitarist Andrew McKeag has seemingly replaced Dederer.
  • On March 11, 2008 These Are The Good Times People was released and was the first PUSA album to feature McKeag.
  • The video for the first single, “Mixed Up S.O.B.”, was directed by “Weird” Al Yankovic.
  • On June 15, 2008 the band was part of Pet-Aid 2008 in Oregon.

Happy a great Independence Day and enjoy some “Peaches”.