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