A rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States
The Wallflowers, best known for hits like One Headlight and 6th Avenue Heartache from their 1996 album Bringing Down The Horse. Their lead singer, Jakob Dylan, is the son of folk legend Bob Dylan.
The Wallflowers started out in 1989 playing alongside other aspiring rockers at Canter’s delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. The band signed to Virgin Records and made a self-entitled album, the cover of which had a picture of all the band members’ feet, and drummer Peter Yanowitz’ dog.
The debut sold poorly, however, and after they were released from Virgin Records, the band regrouped. They toured with 10,000 Maniacs, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, and The Spin Doctors, and gained and lost several band members along the way. With the help of their manager Andrew Slater, the band secured a new major label record deal with Interscope Records.
Their 1996 album Bringing Down The Horse, recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett (and including collaborations with Michael Penn, Jon Brion, Adam Duritz, Mike Campbell, Don Heffington of Lone Justice, and Sam Phillips), yielded several singles, including “Sixth Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight.” The album sold over four million copies, and The Wallflowers won two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song. “One Headlight” also won the VH-1 Video of the Year for 1997.
In about 2000, The Wallflowers took Tulsa band The Wildflowers to court and that band was forced to change their name. They chose their new name to be Admiral Twin after the Admiral Twin Drive-in movie theater.
As of 2005, The Wallflowers have recorded five albums and have sold over 10 million records.
The Wallflowers is also the name of UK 80’s indie pop/jangle band, which released a number of singles.