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Kevin Ridel (born December 6, 1969) is long-time collaborator and friend of Rivers Cuomo's. He is the former lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the now-defunct band AM Radio, who toured with Weezer in 2002. Cuomo served as a manager for this band for a time. Prior to fronting AM Radio, Ridel was the lead singer and principal songwriter of Ridel High from 1995 - 1998. He was also the lead singer of Avant Garde, a band of Rivers Cuomo's prior to Weezer. He was the inspiration for the Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo song "I Admire You So Much."
A Riverpedia entry from September of 2020 describes Ridel, with a few typos:
I've known him since my senior year of high school. 1987. He was the singer of my band in Connecticut, avant-garde. One of the guys I moved to LA with in 89. He drove a Camaro. I was scared to ride with him at first but he was a surprisingly slow and careful driver. We would cruise around looking for girls. The Manchester parkade. His dad was a very manly construction worker. But Kevin and his brother Eric had a very effeminate glam side. They would spend a long time looking in the mirror in the bathroom, applying hairspray. He was one of my early heroes as a songwriter. It is very naturally gifted, writing a song everyday and really enjoying the process. Who's the first guy I knew they paid attention to pop music and noticed melodies and hooks.
With Ridel High
|1998||Emotional Rollercoaster||Polydor Japan|
|1995||"A Mouthful of You"||Elektra|
With AM Radio
|2009||Bigger Better Bolder Brighter||Self-released|
|2003||"Taken for a Ride"||Elektra|
|2003||"I Just Wanna Be Loved"||Elektra|