Six Cents & Natalie began in 1990 as the home-recording project of Sean Tollefson, who went on to play bass and sing for two of Seattle's finest indie pop bands, Crayon and Tullycraft. Recording with a keyboard and drum machine, he reveled in the emergence of lo-fi home recording techniques, recording his simple twee pop anthems on cassette and four-track recorders. Melissa Jeter, Tollefson's then-girlfriend, sang on some of the early recordings, but, from the start, the project was virtually entirely Tollefson's solo retreat. Six Cents & Natalie went on to release three self-released cassettes (1991's Water Machine, 1992's Tressel, and 1993's Let's Pretend We're Married). The project also produced numerous vinyl singles, including Boyfriends and In a Lonely Place in 1993, Summer's Gone But a Lot Goes On in 1994, and When Punk Fell to Earth in 1995. Six Cents & Natalie also appeared on numerous indie pop and indie rock compilations on labels such as Harriet, Cactus Gum, Bumblebear, Kindercore, Motorcoat, Kittridge, and Spare Me Records throughout the '90s and early 2000s. Tollefson first performed Six Cents & Natalie songs live in 1998, at a Kindercore Records' concert in Athens, Georgia, with Jeff Fell of Tullycraft providing guitar support. In 1999, California's Blackbean & Placenta Records released the Show Me the Honey CD, compiling many of the rare releases. 2001's When Punk Fell to Earth compiled Six Cents & Natalie's output from 1993 and 1994.
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