Josh Clayton-Felt embarked on a solo career after the breakup of his former band, School of Fish, learning to play keyboards, bass, and drums in addition to guitar. He recorded over 25 songs in the following years, playing all the instruments, and his solo debut, Inarticulate Nature Boy, was released by A&M in 1996. He toured colleges with Tori Amos in support of the album and achieved a place among college radio. While a lo-fi record in every respect, the record reflected Clayton-Felt's love for '70s AM radio fare and traditional pop songs. Crafting a second record, Center of Six, followed shortly thereafter. A&M dropped him prior to issuing the album, however Clayton-Felt was determined to release the album. He and sessions drummer Steve Scully worked together during the late 90s, but Clayton-Felt fell ill with testicular cancer in December 1999.