Kristian Hoffman was in The Mumps with Lance Loud. Hoffman wrote songs for Klaus Nomi. Subsequently, he was in the band The Swinging Madisons. In the mid-90s he released the solo album "I don't love my guru anymore," followed by "Earthquake Weather." His third solo record, "&", consists of duets with various musicians including Russell Mael of Sparks, Rufus Wainwright, Maria McKee, El Vez, "the Mexican Elvis", Anna Waronker, Steve MacDonald of Redd Cross, Stew of The Negro Problem, Van Dyke Parks, Ann Magnuson, and Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens.