Possibly the most pretentiously named band since Four Non-Blondes, Seattle pop trio the Day I Fell Down make a quirky but accessible brand of alternative rock that isn't as oddball as they probably think it is, but has its own eclectic charms.
The Day I Fell Down formed in 1994 when Iowa native Robert Dan
, a former voice and composition student enamored of classical music, decided to form a rock band. Texas-born bassist Bradley Hooper
's musicians wanted ad and the duo joined forces. Releasing a self-titled album in 1996, the pair gained some local notoriety and college radio airplay. Wanting a full-time drummer for their increasingly active live schedule, Dan
and Hooper found Dalton Davis
. Local legend Jack Endino
, who had produced many seminal releases from Seattle's grunge era, signed on to produce the new trio's second album. 1998's Sweet to Be Strange
is a little noisier, probably thanks to Endino, and has a peculiar reggae lilt in spots, probably thanks to former ska drummer Davis. Unfortunately, the album made little impact even locally and the Day I Fell Down apparently broke up.