You Say It's Your Birthday: Josh Clayton-Felt

It's also Flamin' Groovies' bassist George Alexander's (far left) birthday). Photo by Michael Goldberg.

Today is the birthday of Josh Clayton-Felt, former

vocalist and guitarist for the band School of Fish. Best known for their hit "3

Strange Days," School of Fish enjoyed a brief career before the bandmates went

their separate ways -- and on to solo projects.

Clayton-Felt and guitarist

Michael Ward met while playing in a Los Angeles band called Francis X & The

Bushmen. They began writing songs together and chose to leave the Bushmen in

favor of a new band -- for which they enlisted the help of bassist Dominic

Nardini and drummer M.P. The band was quickly signed to Capitol Records and

released their School of Fish (which nearly missed being named El

Kabong) in 1993.

Topics on the band's debut erred on the side of

whimsy, combining lushly harmonized vocal melodies with hard-edged guitar.

These are most apparent on "3 Strange Days," still a staple of many modern rock

stations, a song detailing three misspent days in the life of its narrator. The

song was also included in the film Reversal of Fortune. However, in 1994

the band announced its breakup, and Felt went on to record an album of solo

material while Ward formed a new band, Tiny Buddy.

Other birthdays: the

late Big Joe Turner, Perry Como, Albert Hammond, George Alexander (Flamin'

Groovies), Butch Tavares (Tavares), Rick Wakeman (Yes) and William Wallace

(Guess Who). -- Beth Winegarner