Known to many, outside of Boston, as the band in the 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate about You with Julia Styles, Letters to Cleo actually had a career prior the renewed success of "I Want You To Want Me". The band formed in 1990 in Boston, with creator and guitarists Greg McKenna, vocalist Kay Hanley, guitarist Michael Eisenstien, drummer Stacy Jones (who would later join Veruca Salt), and bassist Scott Reibling. They debuted in 1993 with Aurora Gory Alice, Wholesale Meats and Fish in 1994, Go in 1996, and Sister in 1998. The group found mild success with the singles "Here and Now" and "Awake." "Here and Now" had a video that played on MTV and was featured on the Melrose Place TV drama's soundtrack. The band officially played their last gig in 2000.
The songs of Letters to Cleo aren't meant to be groundbreaking. They aren't meant to be intensely political or to make the listener question their inner purpose...they are to dance to! To get up and forget about your work and your friends and just let loose! Every time "I want you to want me" comes on in Target or an elevator, everyone starts mouthing the lyrics and tapping their foot. There is just something fun about LTC, and that is OK. Not everyone has to be writing for a cause...some can just write for fun.