Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Taylor Hanson–Led Supergroup Tinted Windows


When the sort-of supergroup Tinted Windows — Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, James Iha (!), and Taylor Hanson (!!) — first made itself known, there was but one reaction: WTF? This first single “Kind of a Girl” (plus this weird, retro promo clip) reveals Tinted Windows to be a well-manicured, kind of boring power-pop act. The bouncy “Girl” certainly sounds like the type of thing Schlesinger (a prolific songwriter who's slung similar material to the Click Five and the Jonas Brothers) would have cooked up, but the crew has wisely put pretty boy Hanson up front; Iha, meanwhile, is on crucial whoa whoa vocal duty. Wrap your mind around their existence, and enjoy.