Richard Kaufmann, an expressive singer/songwriter, has been a part of Philadelphia's indie rock scene since the '80s, first as a member of various local bands and more recently, as a solo artist. In 1987, Kaufmann founded a punk-influenced alternative rock/indie rock outfit called the Electric Love Muffin. Nationally, the band wasn't well-known, but it did receive a fair amount of publicity in and around Philadelphia and recorded three albums. 1987's Playdoh Meathook and 1990s Second Third Around were recorded for a small, Philly based label called Buy Our Records, while 1989's Rassafranna came out on Restless. The Electric Love Muffin broke up in the early '90s and it wasn't long before Kaufmann formed a new Philly band called the Rolling Hayseeds. Like Kaufmann's previous band, the Rolling Hayseeds were relevant to indie rock. But they were more country minded and attracted some attention in the alternative country/no Depression world. The Rolling Hayseeds (as opposed to the Rolling Stones) recorded two albums for Record Cellar, a small indie label based in the Philly suburb of Bala Cynwyd, PA. In 1996, Record Cellar released the Hayseeds' debut album, Tangled Up in You. Then, in 1999, Record Cellar put out their sophomore album, No Place Like Home. After that, the Hayseeds broke up; Kaufmann became a full-time solo artist, but continued to record for Record Cellar. In 2001, Kaufmann produced his first solo album, Common Senses, with George Manney, a Philly based producer/engineer who had worked with the Hayseeds as well as alterna-rockers Burn Witch Burn (a Philly band that includes former Dead Milkmen singer Rodney Linderman). Record Cellar released Common Senses in March 2002.
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