Death Cab For Cutie: 50 Things You Didn’t Know

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50) Death Cab has had three different drummers during their existence. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
49) "Grapevine Fires" appears to be centered around the wildfires that raged in California during the summer and fall of 2007. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
48) The album Narrow Stairs was their first to reach No.1 on the Billboard 200. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
MTVu Woodie Awards - Show
MTVu Woodie Awards - Show
47) Guitarist Chris Walla described the album as "It's really weird". (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
46) "Soul Meets Body" is the group's highest charting single in the United States. The song peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Modern Rock Track chart. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
45) Ben Gibbard's influences include Elliott Smith, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, Superchunk, Built to Spill, Teenage Fanclub, Pixies, Pavement, Daniel Johnston, Fugazi and Hall & Oates. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
44) The recording of Plans took place across a period of a month at a farmhouse studio in rural Massachusetts. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Breaking The Band Live Concert At The 5th Annual TFF
Breaking The Band Live Concert At The 5th Annual TFF
43) Drummer Jason McGerr noted the continuity between this album and their previous one, stating "if Transatlanticism was an inhale, Plans is the exhale." (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening
42) A poster of the album Transatlanticism cover hangs in the bedroom of The O.C. character Seth Cohen, and a copy of the album is part of his "starter pack" during the first "Chrismukkah" episode. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Breaking The Band Live Concert At The 5th Annual TFF
Breaking The Band Live Concert At The 5th Annual TFF
41) Transatlanticism was rated the 57th best of the decade by Rolling Stone. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
40) In the short documentary "Open Windows" Nick said he only wears black, blue and brown for concerts, cutting long sleeve shirts down to three quarter length. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
39) He chooses these colors arbitrarily because he is color blind.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
38) Bassist Nick Harmer was the President of his senior class in high school.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
37) Harmer also played water polo and swam on the swim team. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
36) His father, George Harmer, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and is a former controller for Gensco, Inc, a Tacoma, Washington wholesale firm. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
35) Chris Walla has recorded a lot of solo material, some of which has been released under the moniker Martin Youth Auxiliary. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
34) Chris Walla has also founded his own recording studio located within his home in Portland, Oregon named the Alberta Court. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
Death Cab For Cutie Performs At The Joint
33) Ben Gibbard told Shave Magazine that the album "Codes and Keys" was written in 4 different studios in 4 different sittings "to keep the creative progress moving forward" and prevent stagnation. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
49th Annual Grammy Awards - Arrivals
49th Annual Grammy Awards - Arrivals
32) On April 5, 2011, the group streamed a live performance of the music video for "You Are A Tourist." The video was accomplished in one take, using multiple cameras, and no edits or re-takes. The innovative and artistic production employed dancers, actors, and projected images. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
31) In 2009, the band wrote the song, "Meet Me on the Equinox for the The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
30) Narrow Stairs was nominated for "Best Alternative Music Album" and "I Will Possess Your Heart" received a nomination for "Best Rock Song" at the 51st Grammy Awards. The band lost in both categories, but prompted debate after appearing at the ceremony sporting blue ribbons to protest against what they view as the excessive use of Auto-Tune in the music industry. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
29) Gibbard went on to call Narrow Stairs the band's most "depressing record". (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
28) In early 2006, the band announced the upcoming release of Directions, eleven short films inspired by songs from the Plans album, each directed by a different person. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
27) The band released a touring DVD titled Drive Well, Sleep Carefully, in 2005. Known for their contributions to animal rights, the band is supporting the activist group PETA in giving away copies of the DVD to promote animal rights. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
26) Plans was nominated for a Grammy as Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2005. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
25) Plans reached Gold Status in 2006 after charting on Billboard for 47 consecutive weeks and was certified platinum by the RIAA at the beginning of May in 2008. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
24) In spring of 2004, the band recorded a live EP titled The John Byrd EP, named for their sound engineer. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
23) The first and second singles from the band's Atlantic Record release Plans were "Soul Meets Body" and "Crooked Teeth", which were both played on Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2006. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
22) The band had been contacted by major labels on and off for several years but it was only after Transatlanticism had proven very successful that they decided to start talking to labels about a potential deal. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
Death Cab For Cutie Play Sydney
21) After signing to Atlantic, the band was still nervous about corporate economics, and encouraged fans to download its songs from the Internet. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
2009 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
20) Tracks from their album, Transatlaticism appeared in the soundtracks of the television shows The O.C., Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami and Californication, and the films Wedding Crashers and Mean Creek. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
19) Drummer Nathan Good left the band during their first album; Good's playing on "The Employment Pages" and "Company Calls Epilogue" was kept, but Gibbard played drums on all other songs. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for VH1)
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
18) Lyrics from early songs include local references that were important to the band's development. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for VH1)
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
17) Many of the early songs were recorded in the basement of an Ellis Street home Gibbard lived in with several roommates in Bellingham. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for VH1)
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals
16) He appeared on the 2008 Nada Surf album Lucky, on the song "See These Bones". (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for VH1)
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15) Collaborated with Jay Farrar on all tracks to the soundtrack of the 2009 documentary film One Fast Move or I'm Gone, about Jack Kerouac's time spent at Big Sur. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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14) Gibbard reportedly gave up alcohol in 2008 and began running marathons. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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13) He completed a solo tour through the US in the spring of 2007 that featured David Bazan of Pedro the Lion and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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12) In a 2003 interview Gibbard stated that while he had previously been a vegan, he had recently become a pescetarian. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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11) Gibbard co-wrote the film score to 2007-s Kurt Cobain About A Son with producer Steve Fiske. The film provided unique insights into the life of the Nirvana frontman and was highly acclaimed in the indie film circuit. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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10) Gibbard keeps busy with a ton of side projects and collaborations, including playing bass for Pedro the Lion, contributing to the Nada Surf album 'Lucky,' and working with artists & bands including Styrofoam, Jenny Lewis, John Vanderslice and Sun Kil Moon (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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9) In 2009 Gibbard dipped his feet in the acting world, providing a supporting role in John Krasinski's film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, adapted from the David Foster Wallace book. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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8) Gibbard is married to actress and singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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7) Gibbard cites the Seattle grunge scene of the 1990's, especially Nirvana, as influences of his musical tastes as a teenager. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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6) The idea for giving the name, The Postal Service, comes from the way Gibbard and producer Jimmy Tamborello collaborated, by sending music back and forth through the mail. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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5) Ben Gibbard has released albums under two differerent side projects, The Postal Service and All-Time Quarterback. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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4) Death Cab initially began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard, who then decided to recruit musicians to develop a band. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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3) The band's name comes from the title of a song performed by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in the 1967 Beatles film, Magical Mystery Tour. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie With Frightened Rabbit In Concert At The Williamsburg Waterfront
Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie With Frightened Rabbit In Concert At The Williamsburg Waterfront
50) Unusually, the tenth song, "Pity and Fear", ends abruptly. In an interview, the band stated that the tape machine they were using broke toward the end, and they liked the sound it produced so much that they included it in the final version of the song. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie With Frightened Rabbit In Concert At The Williamsburg Waterfront
Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie With Frightened Rabbit In Concert At The Williamsburg Waterfront
1) Formed at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie With Frightened Rabbit In Concert At The Williamsburg Waterfront
Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie With Frightened Rabbit In Concert At The Williamsburg Waterfront
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