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Peter Joseph Yorn (born July 27, 1974, Montvillemarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who first gained international recognition when his music—including the song "Strange Condition"—appeared in the 2000 film Me, Myself & Irene. Yorn also wrote the film's score.

Early history

Yorn's father is a dentist and his mother is a former concert pianist who worked as a teacher. Yorn taught himself to play drums at age nine and soon learned to play the guitar. He attended Montville Township High Schoolmarker in Montvillemarker, New Jerseymarker. In 1990, while drumming for his band in a high-school talent contest, someone suggested that he sing The Replacements' song "Talent Show". It went over well enough that a competing band requested that he sing Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" with them.


Yorn was encouraged enough to maintain a focus on music while attending Syracuse Universitymarker (class of 1996) where he was a major in the department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After graduating, Yorn moved to Los Angeles, where he began to attract a following with his performances at Cafe Largo. Film producer Bradley Thomas (Kingpin & There's Something About Mary) liked Yorn's act enough to request Yorn send him some rough demos for possible inclusion in the Farrelly Brothers' film Me, Myself and Irene. Soon after, Yorn landed a job scoring all of the music to the film and also contributed the songs "Strange Condition" and "Just Another" to the film and its soundtrack. "Just Another" was also featured on the television shows Veronica Mars, Felicity, Dawson's Creekmarker, and Smallville. In addition to appearing on the Me, Myself, and Irene soundtrack, Pete Yorn's recordings have appeared on other movie soundtracks, including Orange County (2001),Bandits (2001), Spider-Man (2002), John Q (2002), Shrek 2 (2004) and My Sister's Keeper (2009).

After experiencing this taste of success, Yorn released his 2001 LP debut, entitled musicforthemorningafter, which went gold on the strength of the album's lead single, "Life on a Chain." Rolling Stone Magazine named Yorn one of "Ten [artists] to Watch in 2001" and gave the album a favorable four-star rating.

Yorn went on to release the 2003 album Day I Forgot which has sold over 300,000 copies to date and scored a third radio hit with the song "Come Back Home."

In 2006, Yorn released his third album, Nightcrawler.

Guitarist Peter Buck of the band R.E.M. has made appearances on several Pete Yorn recordings, including instrumentation on the single version of "Strange Condition" and a number of songs from the Day I Forgot LP. Yorn has worked with producers R. Walt Vincent, Brad Wood, and Ken Andrews of Failure and Year of the Rabbit, in addition to several other producers including Scott Litt, Butch Walker and Sonic Youth producer Don Fleming.

Yorn has shared bills with the Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M., Crowded House, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Coldplay, The Dixie Chicks, Semisonic, and Say Anything, among others.

Yorn's song, "Lose You" can be heard just before the ending credits of the episode "Simple Explanation" on the Fox show House, MD.

The Trilogy

Pete Yorn's third studio release, Nightcrawler, completes a conceptual trilogy of sorts, which spans his first three albums (EPs not included); beginning in the morning with the musicforthemorningafter LP, continuing through the day with the Day I Forgot LP, and arriving at nightfall with the Nightcrawler LP.

In September 2006, while interviewing with, Yorn elaborated on his true intentions behind the trilogy, remarking that it was at least partially a conscious trilogy but wasn't meant to be taken too seriously: "I didn't mean like a Star Wars Trilogy where it's one story at all." Yorn expressed that the "trilogy" was more of a diary of sorts; a person gaining new life experiences and simply commenting on them in linear order. "So it's a sort of continuing analysis of those topics, and the Night Nightcrawler LP would represent a later phase," Yorn said.

Subsequent releases

In 2008, Pete Yorn recorded and released a new song, entitled "American Blues Vol. 1." A music video was shot for the single, and the song itself was released for free on Yorn's official website for a short period of time. Concerning the song, Yorn has said "I wrote American Blues Vol. 1. on the 4th of July after reading the morning paper. It's unlike any song I've ever written. I was moved by how much negativity I was reading about and how even groups were boycotting Independence Day because they were so disgusted with the state of our Nation. I was hoping things would improve...they obviously haven't yet...but I know they will in time."

According to several sources, Yorn has been writing and recording a respectable amount of new material to be released in 2009; namely two new records. The producers are Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and Frank Black (from Pixies). Two new songs have been released for download on various fan pages that are expected to be included on the new albums; "Sans Fear" and "Shotgun," respectively.

Yorn appears on Canadian artist Matthew Good's 2009 album Vancouver performing backing vocals.

"Can't Hear Anyone," a song that Yorn wrote during the Nightcrawler sessions, was recently used for a Mercedes-Benz commercial and was released as a digital single on March 31, 2009.

Columbia Records released his Mike Mogis-produced album, entitled Back & Fourth on June 23rd, 2009.

Yorn toured with Coldplay as an opening act through summer 2009 and collaborated with actress/musician Scarlett Johansson to record a project entitled "The Break Up Album." The album was released on September 15, 2009, and its first single—"Relator"—was released digitally on May 26, 2009.


Studio albums

Live albums



Year Title Chart Positions Album
Germany US Modern Rock Adult Top 40
2001 "Life on a Chain" - - 35 musicforthemorningafter
2001 "For Nancy " - 28 - musicforthemorningafter
2002 "Strange Condition" - 36 34 musicforthemorningafter
2003 "Come Back Home" - 32 - Day I Forgot
2003 "Crystal Village" - - 28 Day I Forgot
2006 "For Us" - 38 - Nightcrawler
2007 "Alive" - - - Nightcrawler
2009 "Don't Wanna Cry" - - - Back and Fourth
2009 "Relator" 100 - - Break Up

Non-album tracks

Unreleased songs

  • "Farmer vs. River"
  • "Model American"
  • "When She's Mine"
  • "You Never Knew"
  • "James in Liverpool"
  • "Velcro Shoes"
  • "Rock Crowd"


  • "June" (2001) directed by Steven Orrit
  • "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)" [Directed by Malik Sayeed]
  • "Life on a Chain" (2001) [Directed by Sam Bayer]
  • "Strange Condition" (2002) [Directed by Marcos Siega]
  • "Come Back Home" 2004 directed by AV Club
  • "Crystal Village" 2004 directed by AV Club
  • "For Us" (2006) [Directed by Robert Hales]

Backing band

Yorn's current touring band is:Max Goldblatt – tambourineJoe Kennedy – piano, keyboards, and harmonicaMark Noseworthy – guitarJonny Polonsky – guitar and mandolinScott Seiver – drumsZak Shaffer – bass guitar

Pete Yorn's last touring band was Minibar, hailing from Britain and including the following members:
  • Malcolm Cross – drums
  • Sid Jordan – bass guitar and backing vocals
  • Joe Kennedy – piano, guitar, and backing vocals (not part of Minibar)
  • Simon Petty – backing vocals and guitar
  • Tim Walker – guitars

Pete Yorn's former backing band went by the name Dirty Bird and includes the following members:
  • Luke Adams – drums
  • Terry Borden – bass guitar and backing vocals
  • Jason Johnson – guitar
  • Joe Kennedy – piano, guitar, backing vocals
  • R. Walt Vincent – bass guitar

Pete Yorn's "eternal bandmates":
  • Joe Kennedy – piano, guitar, and backing vocals
  • WAZ – bass guitar, guitar, and back vocals


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