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TNAF2013.jpgThe Naked and Famous in 2013
Background information
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
  • Indie electronic
  • post-punk revival[1]
  • indie rock[2]
  • synthpop[3]
  • electronic rock[4]
  • noise pop[5]
  • new wave[6]
Years active2007 (2007)–present
  • Somewhat Damaged
  • Fiction
  • Universal Republic
  • Island
Associated actsKids of 88
  • Alisa Xayalith
  • Thom Powers
  • Aaron Short
  • David Beadle
  • Jesse Wood
Past members
  • Ben Knapp
  • Jordan Clark

The Naked and Famous are an indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alisa Xayalith (vocals, keyboards), Thom Powers (vocals, guitars), Aaron Short (keyboards), David Beadle (bass) and Jesse Wood (drums).[7]

The band has released three studio albums: Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010), In Rolling Waves (2013), and Simple Forms (2016). Since 2012, the band has been based in Los Angeles.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 2007–08: Early years
    • 1.2 2009–11: Passive Me, Aggressive You
    • 1.3 2012–13: In Rolling Waves
    • 1.4 2014–present: Simple Forms
  • 2 In popular culture
  • 3 Name
  • 4 Band members
  • 5 Discography
  • 6 Awards and nominations
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Xayalith (b. 1986) is the daughter of Laotian refugees, who was born in Auckland, and raised together with a younger brother.[8] Her father introduced her to his native folk music and at the age of 13 she taught herself guitar.[9] Powers had been playing in local bands since an early age after he had been taught to play guitar by his father.[10]

2007–08: Early years

The band formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith were working on what formed two extended plays—This Machine and No Light—that they recorded with engineer Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland's MAINZ music college.[11][1] The EPs were subsequently released on local independent label Round Trip Mars. Powers and Xayalith began performing live with Ben Knapp and Jordan Clark on bass and drums respectively, while Aaron Short became a performing member of the group. Knapp and Clark left the group in 2009 and were subsequently replaced with Jesse Wood and David Beadle.

2009–11: Passive Me, Aggressive You

After recording "All of This", the group then set about recording the single "Young Blood" and their debut album, recording mostly at home and at Auckland studio The Lab. "Young Blood" debuted on the New Zealand chart at number one on 14 June 2010—the first New Zealand artist in three years to do so.[12] The Naked and Famous released their debut studio album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, on 6 September 2010 on their own label,[13] Somewhat Damaged.[14] The album was produced by Thom Powers and Aaron Short, and mixed by Billy Bush.

On 6 December 2010, the BBC announced that The Naked and Famous had been nominated for BBC's Sound of 2011 poll.[15]

In 2011, the band garnered six nominations at the New Zealand Music Awards for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Alternative Album and the People's Choice Award. They were also nominated for the NZ On Air Best Music Video and won the MAINZ Best Engineer Award and the MAINZ Best Producer Award.[16]

2012–13: In Rolling Waves

The band settled in Los Angeles in mid-2012 after completing touring for Passive Me, Aggressive You.[17] They had performed over 200 shows in 24 countries between 2010 and 2012. Sharing a home over the back of Laurel Canyon, they began work on writing and demoing their second album. Their intention was to record an album that could be played live, not relying on backing tracks—something the group had always eschewed.

On 28 February 2013, the band announced One Temporary Escape, a concert film recorded at The Warfield in San Francisco in 2012. It was released for free download on 18 March 2013.[18]

Entering Los Angeles' Sunset Sound studio in March 2013 with engineer Billy Bush (who had mixed the previous album), they began the process of recording In Rolling Waves. The album sessions were completed in a month and then in June 2013, The Naked and Famous headed for London where Alan Moulder spent a month mixing the album at his Willesden studio, Assault and Battery. The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Joe LaPorta, who had also mastered Passive Me, Aggressive You, and was produced by Thom Powers with Aaron Short. Justin Meldal-Johnsen co-produced two tracks with Thom Powers.

On 23 July 2013, the band revealed their new single "Hearts Like Ours" along with the release date for their second studio album In Rolling Waves, on 16 September 2013 in the UK.[19]

2014–present: Simple Forms

The Naked and Famous performed at Coachella in 2014.[20] On 20 November 2014, the band announced that they had begun working on a third album.[21] The band began tracking for the album in September 2015. In March 2016, they performed at the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival in Manila.[22]

On 3 July 2016, the band announced their new single "Higher" would be released on 7 July. Upon the single's release, the band revealed that their new album titled Simple Forms was set to be released on 14 October 2016 via their label Somewhat Damaged in conjunction with Kobalt Label Services.[23] On 24 August 2016, they released another single titled "Laid Low".[3] The album was recorded at Powers' Echo Park studio[23] and released as per the announcement.[3]

In February 2017, it was announced that the band would perform as opening acts, alongside Wavves, in Blink-182's 2017 spring tour which would visit mostly the southern United States.[24]

In popular culture

"All of This" was featured in the fifth episode of the first series of The Almighty Johnsons and in the fourth episode of The Secret Circle.[25]

"Grow Old" was featured in Season 1, Episode 7 of "The Originals"

"Punching in a Dream" was featured in Season 2, Episode 5 of The Vampire Diaries; Season 1, Episode 7 of "World of Jenks;[26] and the eleventh season of Degrassi.[27] It also appears on the soundtrack for EA Sports game, FIFA 12 video game.[28] "Punching in a Dream" has also been featured at the start of The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 11. "Punching In A Dream" is the theme song for and is regularly played in the UK reality series Made in Chelsea. It was featured in the worldwide influential YouTube short documentary Kony 2012.[29] In 2012, "Punching in a Dream" was featured on the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect as well as the 2012 game Forza Horizon.

"The Sun" was used in episode 18 of the fourth season of Gossip Girl,[30] in the intro of the first episode of One Tree Hill season 9, in the end of episode 19 of the first season of The Secret Circle, in the "Moment of Truth" episode of Grey's Anatomy [31] and at the end credits of episode 2 of the sixth season of True Blood; this episode has the same name as the song.

"Young Blood"

Featured in

  • a promo for the television series Property Brothers, and the pilot of Covert Affairs[32]
  • the pilot and Season 3 Finale of The Almighty Johnsons[33]
  • season 4 episode 13 of Chuck[citation needed]
  • season 4 episode 14 of Gossip Girl[34]
  • the season 5 episode 6 Promo of the episode Alo from Skins[citation needed]
  • the eleventh season of Degrassi[27]
  • the third episode of MTV's Awkward[35]
  • the pilot of The Secret Circle[36]
  • the season one finale of Whitney[37]
  • the first season of the HBO TV series The Leftovers[citation needed]
  • the ninth episode "The Garveys at Their Best"[citation needed]
  • the film Prom and in its trailer[citation needed]
  • in Red Bull's The Art of Flight, a snowboarding film released 7 September 2011[38]
  • a TV commercial for the Canon EOS 600D aired worldwide in Q3 2011[39]
  • the series finale of the sitcom Whitney[citation needed]
  • remixed, in the movie 21 and Over[citation needed]
  • at the beginning of the prom scene in the 2013 horror film Carrie[citation needed]
  • in a 2010 advert for Strongbow Apple Cider.[40]
  • remixed by Renholdër, on the soundtrack to the 2012 film Underworld: Awakening.[41]
  • in numerous television ads for Kohl's in 2015[citation needed]

Also in

  • an audition of Brittney Kerr which screened 18 January 2012 on American Idol 2012, Season 11[citation needed]
  • the 2012 reboot of the SSX snowboarding series of video games; also prominently in multiple trailers leading up to the release of the game.[42]
  • trailers for the 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods[citation needed]
  • the pilot episode of Elementary, which premiered on CBS on 27 September 2012[citation needed]
  • as the opening theme song of #SU, a student-oriented magazine TV talk show produced by students of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, in the Philippines[citation needed]

A remix of "No Way" is the second track on Santa Cruz electronic music producer Bassnectar's 2015 album Into the Sun. "No Way" is also featured in Red Bull's The Art of Flight,[38] it also appeared as the backing soundtrack for an advert on Channel 4, showcasing their new dramas.[43]

"Girls Like You" was featured in the 11th season of Degrassi[27] and in the third episode of The Secret Circle.[44] It also has an airing near the end of The First Time when Aubrey plays it from the CD mix she made for Dave's car as he is giving her a ride to school.

"Bells" was featured in the 12th episode of the fifth season of Gossip Girl[45] and in the 22nd episode of the 8th season of Grey's Anatomy.[46]

"Bright Lights" is featured in Need for Speed Rivals.

"Hearts Like Ours" is featured in the EA Trax for EA Sports' FIFA 14 video game.[47]


The Naked and Famous took their name from English musician Tricky's song "Tricky Kid", which is ambivalent about the notion of celebrity. In the song, Tricky quotes the line "everybody wants to be naked and famous", from The Presidents of the United States of America's song "Naked and Famous".[48]

Band members


Main article: The Naked and Famous discography
  • Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010)
  • In Rolling Waves (2013)
  • Simple Forms (2016)


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  14. ^ Graves, Shahlin (17 August 2010). "The Naked and Famous – 'Punching In A Dream' music video!". Coup de Main. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Sound of 2011 - The Naked & Famous". BBC. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  16. ^ "THE VNZMA 2011 FINALISTS". FOUR. 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  17. ^ Zemler, Emily (17 September 2013). "Everything You Need to Know About The Naked and Famous' Sophomore Album 'In Rolling Waves'". Elle Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  18. ^ "'One Temporary Escape' Now Available". 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Naked And Famous Hottest Record". BBC. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  20. ^ Robinson, Michelle (2014-06-15). "15 minutes ... with The Naked and Famous". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  21. ^ "The Naked And Famous - "What an honor to win Best Group at the NZVMA's last night. Sorry we couldn't be there New Zealand - very busy working on album #3"". Facebook. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Maria, Bong Sta. (3 March 2016). "Wanderland 2016: The Naked and Famous' Alisa Xayalith on travel, fans, and a new album". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
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  24. ^ Hartmann, Graham (6 February 2017). "Blink-182 Reveal 2017 U.S. Tour Dates with The Naked and Famous + Waaves". Loudwire. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "The Secret Circle Music -Season 1, Episode 4". The CW. September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "World Of Jenks " Season 1 " Songs From the Show " Ep. 107". 
  27. ^ a b c 07/11/2013. "Degrassi | Degrassi Episodes & Pictures". TeenNick. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  28. ^ Trapara, Nemanja (12 September 2011). "FIFA 12 soundtrack featuring 39 artists from 15 countries". EA Sports Football. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  29. ^ Robert, David (19 April 2012). "The Naked and Famous Talk Music, Money & Kony 2012". Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  30. ^ "Gossip Girl Music – Season 4, Episode 18". The CW. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  31. ^ "Grey's Anatomy "Moment of Truth Music". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "Covert Affairs Episode Music Guide". USA Network. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
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  34. ^ "Gossip Girl Music – Season 4, Episode 14". The CW. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  35. ^ "Awkward. " Songs From the Show " Ep. 103". MTV. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
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  37. ^ Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
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  39. ^ "Canon EOS 600D TV Commercial". 
  40. ^ "Strongbow Season - summer blossom via Mumbrella". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  41. ^ "Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  42. ^ "SSX Soundtrack To Feature Foster The People, Pretty Lights, The Naked And Famous And Many More". EA News. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  43. ^ "Drama on 4 | This Spring | Channel 4". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  44. ^ "The Secret Circle Music -Season 1, Episode 3". The CW. September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  45. ^ "Gossip Girl Music – Season 5, Episode 12". The CW. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  46. ^ "Grey's Anatomy". Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  47. ^ Richard Beech. "Fifa 14 soundtrack announced: Featuring Miles Kane, Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend". The Mirror. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
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  54. ^ "New Zealand Music Award Winners 2014". Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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