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Five Minutes with Fame: Jimmy Eat World

Friday, September 2: 5:51 a.m.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Jimmy Eat World.

Jimmy Eat World formed in February 1994 in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Arizona. Early incarnations of the band – with Jim Adkins (vocals/guitar), Zach Lind (drums), Tom Linton (guitar/vocals) and Mitch Porter (bass) – bonded over a shared appreciation of Rocket from the Crypt, early Def Leppard, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi and the Velvet Underground. The group's unusual name was born of sibling rivalry. Linton's younger brothers, Ed and Jimmy, were prone to fighting and one particular argument ended when Ed produced a picture of his heavyset brother consuming the Earth. The caption beneath it read "Jimmy Eat World," and the band adopted it.

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