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Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo is an American rock band that never achieved popular success but has become a critics' favorite. Ira Kaplan[?] and Georgia Hubley[?], a husband/wife duo, formed the band in 1984 (1984 in music). They went through several other bandmembers before stabilizing with Dave Schramm[?] and Mike Lewis[?] for their debut recording, "The River of Water". In 1986, their first LP, Ride the Tiger[?], was released (1986 in music).

Schramm and Lewis left the band, and Stephen Wichnewski[?] joined, with Kaplan taking on the role of lead guitar. 1987's New Wave Hot Dogs[?] did much to establish the band's reputation among rock critics, though it sold poorly (1987 in music). President Yo La Tengo[?] (1989 in music) continued this trend, with raving reviews yet poor sales.

1990 saw the release of Fakebook[?], an album of mostly folk tunes, including covers from Gene Clark[?], Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers[?], the Escorts[?], the Flamin' Groovies, the Scene Is Now[?] and the Kinks (1990 in music). May I Sing with Me[?] (1992 in music) included new bassist James McNew[?] (of Christmas[?]). Painful[?] (1993), Electr-o-Pura[?] (1995 in music) and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One[?] (1997 in music) marked a steady progression towards folk-British Invasion oriented songs. In 2000's they released And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out[?] (2000 in music).

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