But it took the bands upcoming new album, Here & Now, for them to really hit home.
The album features Bunnell and fellow American Gerry Beckley backed by the members of punk and indie rock bands like Fountains Of Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins and My Morning Jacket.
And since Bunnell wasnt familiar with those bands, he was amazed by those musicians enthusiasm for his music.
As he puts it, Ive always joked that were a guilty pleasure and never felt like we gained true notoriety.
Now, he feels like the respect hes wanted is finally here and admits, Its been a long time coming.
Here & Now hits stores January 16 and while Bunnell would like to perform with the musicians who back up he and Beckley on the recording, he admits with all the schedules that may not be realistic.
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