Too Hip For The Room

Too Hip For The Room

 Bellmore, New York, USA


One's a folk musician.
One's a progressive rocker.
One's an 80's post-punk-pop guy.
Together they play a combination of originals and covers (that sound like originals after they get through with 'em) with a unique sound combining acoustic guitar with hand-played digital percussion.

The result is music that makes you laugh, makes you cry, and even makes you think. Too Hip For The Room will sing stories about Keanu Reeves, Paul McCartney, Pilgrims, Pokemon, monkeys, and high school history teachers...
Their songs have been praised by folk legends Tom Paxton and Oscar Brand, as well as members of Queen and Blue Oyster Cult. Ben Stein loves them. Members of Blue Oyster Cult appear on their CDs (including a bluesy acoustic remake of "Don't Fear the Reaper," on which they are joined by original BOC member Buck Dharma on vocals). Roger McGuinn of The Byrds congratulated them for beating him to number on on the worldwide folk charts on
Too Hip For the Room made the Top 5 several times on the CMJ list on prestigious WUSB-FM (Stonybrook University) in New York, one of the largest stations on Long Island (They placed between Tori Amos and Black 47).
Their musical influences run the gamut from Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Phil Ochs to Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Jethro Tull.
Technically proficient on their instruments, Too Hip For The Room still places the song first, and has achieved radio play and local fame (or perhaps notoriety) with thoughtful lyrics wrapped in oddly catchy music.

Audiences at their live shows always leave a Too Hip For The Room smiling, having heard new songs that they enjoyed, and old songs like they have never heard them before (a slow blues version of U2's "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" as rockabilly, a heavy rock "Afternoon Delight" and the most unusual version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give it Away" are fan favorites.

Their latest CD of original songs, "Three Brothers" bears a familiar black and white rectangle on the cover. But on closer inspection, it will be noticed that this particular box reads "MENTAL ADVISORY - Thought-provoking lyrics." With titles like "Dancing on Water (Juggling Monkeys)," "Mental Dysentery," and "Quirks," they're not kidding, either. After all, they truly are (in their own words) "so in, they're coming out the other end."


What Am I Doing On the Moon?
Three Brothers
Hey Wait - I Know This! (a collection of covers)
Radio play:
Don't Fear the Reaper
Doesn't Matter Anymore
Over-Reacting (the Keanu Reeves Song)
Give it Away

Set List

Our shows normally range from 60 to 90 minutes, but we also play a lot of private functions and club dates that can run three to four hours.
Shows typically include a mix of originals and covers.

Cover tunes in a typical set might be:
Dance Hall Days (rockabilly version)
Take On Me (reggae version)
Brain Damage (rockabilly version)
We're Not Gonna Take It (folk singalong version)
Somebody to Love by Queen
She Blinded Me With Science
I Melt With You
Rubber Ducky
Give it Away by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Lion Sleeps Tonight played and sung simultaneously (trust us, it's cool...)