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Current members: Nancy Mitchell, vocalist; Mike Mitchell, bass; Jeff Knoll, drummer; Chris Oleynick, guitarist.
Founded in: 2002
Style: Garage rock
Influenced by: Love, Blue Cheer, Electric Prunes, the Pretty Things
Notable: Three members of the band -- Mike Mitchell, Jeff Knoll and Chris Oleynick -- played together in a band called Major Bailey's Menagerie from 1979 to 2002. Nancy Mitchell -- Mike's wife -- filled in on vocals during a rehearsal, and they liked her so much they asked her to keep singing in the band. Predictably, the Yoko Ono jokes started flying -- but The Things! seem to be doing quite well. They've been rocking out at venues like Mojo Room and Lounge, and they've put out a CD.
Quotable: Nancy Mitchell on the band's sound: "Some of [our music] sounds like late-'60s psychedelia. I'm talking about the original freaky rock from the '60s -- the great-granddaddies of garage rock that blew music wide open for people."
For more information about The Things!, visit www.the-things.com.
-- Annie Linskey