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Andy Sturmer
Birth name Marvin Andrew Sturmer[1]
Born March 1965 (age 49–50)[2][3]
Genres Power pop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Drummer, singer-songwriter, songwriter
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Beatnik Beatch, Jellyfish, PUFFY

Andy Sturmer (born Marvin Andrew Sturmer,[1] March 11, 1965[2][3]) is both an Emmy & Brit nominated American musical artist, composer and producer. He was one of the founding members of the band Beatnik Beatch, which led to the formation of Jellyfish.

Jellyfish[edit]

Jellyfish released two albums, Bellybutton (1990) and Spilt Milk (1993). Sturmer held the rare distinction of not only being a drummer who regularly sang lead in a rock group, but also one who played a stand-up drum set at the front of the stage instead of sitting on a throne at the rear of the band. Jellyfish failed to catch fire commercially, and intra-group friction led to Jellyfish's dissolution in early 1994.

Puffy AmiYumi[edit]

After Jellyfish's demise, Sturmer began a new career as a producer and writer, most notably for the Japanese pop band Puffy AmiYumi. He was already a friend of main Puffy composer and producer Tamio Okuda, and was credited as "The Godfather" of the band for giving them their name.

Puffy were approached by Cartoon Network to sing the theme song for their 2003 animated series Teen Titans. Originally suggested by the series' producer Sam Register, creator Glen Murakami was delighted when he realised Andy Sturmer would be writing and producing the track.[4]

A year later Puffy AmiYumi were looking to break through in the North American market. Sturmer was consulting producer for their TV show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi and composed the theme song for this cartoon series as well. Following this he also composed theme songs for various other Cartoon Network series, including Ben 10 along with the score composition, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and a new theme for the third season of The Batman animated series, replacing the original theme performed by The Edge of U2. Sturmer also composed the score and theme song for the Disney series My Friends Tigger & Pooh, as well as performing the theme song for Transformers Animated.

After composing and producing most of the songs on Puffy AmiYumi's 2003 album Nice. and 2004 album 59, Sturmer's contributions to the band's work have been reduced.

Side projects[edit]

Sturmer has also appeared on various albums for backup vocals for artists like Bleu's Redhead, Mandy Moore's Coverage and the Switchfoot album Nothing Is Sound. He also contributed backing vocals to some tracks on Winter Pays for Summer by Glen Phillips. Sturmer and former bandmate Roger Manning, Jr. contributed a song, the early The Beatles-influenced "I Don't Believe You", as well as vocals and acoustic guitars on Ringo Starr's Time Takes Time album in 1992.

Sturmer performed on two songs on Katey Sagal's debut solo album, who is best known for her role as Peg Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children. The album, entitled Well..., was released by Virgin Records in April 1994. Andy also co-wrote and played drums for Swedish pop band The Merrymakers' second album, Bubblegun.

Sturmer has recently surfaced as a collaborator with L.E.O., a one-off supergroup also featuring, among others, pop auteur Bleu, Hanson, producer John Fields, and Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers. The group and its album, Alpacas Orgling, are a pastiche tribute in the style of Electric Light Orchestra.[5] Sturmer provided additional vocals on the song "I Should've Been After You" on Rooney's 2007 album Calling the World, according to the album credits.

Music credits[edit]

(With Beatnik Beatch):

(With Jellyfish):

Post-Jellyfish[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MetroLyrics, "The King Is Half-Undressed" - Songwriters: Sturmer, Marvin Andrew
  2. ^ a b Boehm, Mike (October 24, 1990). "Beatles Sound Is a Ticket to Ride for S.F.'s Jellyfish Pop music". Los Angeles Times. Andy Sturmer, 25 
  3. ^ a b Cromelin, Richard (April 3, 1993). "Jellyfish Fashions Its Musical Philosophy Retro". Los Angeles Times. Sturmer, 27 
  4. ^ Titans Tower Animated (September 2003). The 80s-era DC Comics superteens are back in the new Cartoon Network animated series.
  5. ^ "LEO MySpace page". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 

External links[edit]


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40 news items

Washington Times

Washington Times
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:20:53 -0800

Classic Andy Sturmer, gut-wrenching, emotionally evocative heart-on-your-sleeve song. And it was a country ballad. As good as any song you'd hear from classic '60s or '70s greats like John Prine. I was almost brought to tears. I said, “The song is a ...
 
Huffington Post
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:57:34 -0700

Foreword by Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish. All three volumes include many track-by-track commentaries by people like The Hollies, John Entwistle, Small Faces, The Left Banke, Badfinger, and many more. And, no... I haven't read all of these. Good Lord ...
 
Los Angeles Times
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:19:06 -0800

The band, co-founded by Manning and drummer/singer Andy Sturmer, only lasted a few years, and in that time issued the records being revisited by Omnivore. The better of them, "Spilt Milk," came out in 1993, two years after Nirvana's "Nevermind" and its ...

RollingStone.com

RollingStone.com
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:08:54 -0800

Built around a core crew of players Andy Sturmer, Roger Manning and (initially) Jason Falkner, the band whipped out fab song after fab song, and one of the very fabbest, “The King Is Half-Undressed,” resides here in no less than four different ...

PopMatters

PopMatters
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:11:09 -0800

Jellyfish dressed like the Banana Splits, but their 1990 debut Bellybutton opened with serious intent; “The Man I Used to Be” references “a family lost at sea”, the dramatic lyrics perhaps surprising for a power-pop band. Lead vocalist/drummer Andy ...

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:17:50 -0800

Powerpop, some say, began with Emitt Rhodes's 1970 debut album or Badfinger's Magic Christian Music (also 1970), but really those were more like late Beatles works. Powerpop may have drawn on the 60s – in fact, there is a school of thought that has the ...

Blogcritics (blog)

Blogcritics (blog)
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:46:34 -0800

“Power pop” may be the best way to classify Jellyfish but it isn't quite an adequate description for the ambitious, almost scarily creative team of Andy Sturmer and Roger Manning who crafted the band's eclectic songs and stunning arrangements. It's not ...

Music Times

Music Times
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:05:20 -0800

When the lead singer of a band also plays an instrument, it is nearly always guitar or piano, and often bass guitar as well, but rarely do you see a lead singer playing drums. These nine bands, however, broke this trend by having their drummers sing ...
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