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A young punk band from Santa Rosa by the name of The Invalids would provide a one-shot deal with the ‘Punker Than Me’ 7” (LK 96), that owed much to Lookout bands Screeching Weasel and Fifteen, molding a straight ahead 90’s punk sound with influences of the early incarnations of... Continue reading
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The music video for ‘Mary Ann’ would mark Squirtgun's return to vinyl, with two new releases – the ‘Mary Ann’ 7” and CD (LK 164) and follow up full length ‘Another Sunny Afternoon’ (LK 167). Although the band had some up’s and downs already in the early days, the brothers... Continue reading
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The Crumbs were a band with a close history between the bands members by the time they began their relationship with Lookout Records. The Miami band had spent many years together in the local skateboard and hardcore scene throughout the 1980’s prior to the bands inception and first release –... Continue reading
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Paul Curran, following his Monsula departure had since been busying himself with some new musical projects. Firstly joining local Bencia band ‘Fuzz zone’ before forming the distorted pop band ‘Delightful Little Nothings’ with Fifteen in name only credited member Tom Moreno – as featured on the ‘A Slice Of Lemon’... Continue reading
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Portland, Oregon brothers Tim,Chris and Barry Brusseau had been striking around the punk scene for some time, by the time their band ‘The Jimmies’ (along with two other members Jason and Eric) were brought to the attention of Ben Weasel and Jughead at Panic Button Records. The band had formed... Continue reading
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A new outfit by the way of Lafayette, Indiana’s Squirtgun made their Lookout debut for LK 118. Already having appeared on the “Punk USA” compilation in the band Rattail Grenadier, siblings Massimiliano and Flaviano Giorgini had peaked the interest of Lookout in their new project. . With Mass already having... Continue reading
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One thing that Lookout had not done thus far in it's first decade was reach back into the punk history books in search of a project with some pre-label history. That would happen next when a legendary punk pioneer Penelope Houston would come together with some members of the Lookout... Continue reading
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With the cartoon like punk presence of gimmick flavoured bands on Lookout such as The Groovie Ghoulies and the Go Nuts, it made perfect sense that the label would also make its mark known into the release schedule of robotic collective ‘Servotron’. The band was an offshoot from the popular... Continue reading
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Leaving The Criminals right around the time of their Adeline Records release ‘Broken Fingers and Burning Flesh’, Brady Baltezore had been hammering away at his new musical project ‘Black Cat Music’. Working with his own voice, rather than writing for the Jesse Townley led Criminals, Baltezore soared with some engaging... Continue reading
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Joe King took the helm for LK 154 – the double vinyl album compilation release ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’. The giant 39 track release featured a fine array of bands from the mid-late 90’s punk scene including present and future Lookout/Panic Button artists. The majority of the double album... Continue reading
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Wendy Powell (Groovie Ghoulies) : “I met the Ghoulies through my roommate at the time – Dal Basi – who was a huge Groovie Ghoulies fan from the ‘Appetite for Adrenochrome’ days. I had been in a band, so they knew I was a drummer and their drummer, Brian, was... Continue reading
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Worst Case Scenario was a project band, coming together as an offshoot of Unwound originating from Tumwater WA. Vern Rumsey, Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno had begun playing in musical projects from around 1987 while attending highschool, and settled into Unwound around 1990 (after a name change from Giant Henry).... Continue reading
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Adrienne Melanie Droogas (Spitboy) : “I was friends with Spitboy drummer Todd, and we used to hang out and drink peppermint schnapps and go to shows. I was dating Doug --the guitarist for Christ On Parade- at the time, and he and I did some silly recording where he was... Continue reading
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Dan 'Vapid' Schafer (Screeching Weasel, Sludgeworth, The Riverdales, The Mopes) : "I was born and raised in Des Plaines Illinois. My love for music started at about 5 or 6 years old and the band Kiss started it all. I was absolutely obsessed with them. From there other hard rock... Continue reading
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Chris wilder (Stikky) : "We’d already been to Los Angeles to play and record with a label that never got off the ground, but that had promised us the world. Chris felt like a band member then, although was months away from joining. Dodge also had the best tape collection.... Continue reading
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Two Lookout releases would hold a heavy female presence, ironically directly after Larry Livermore decided to change his take on the ‘Riot Grrrl’ scene. The Frumpies featured Molly Neuman on drums with the remaining three quarters of the band members of the legendary ‘Riot Grrl’ outfit ‘Bikini Kill’. Already having... Continue reading
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Big Rig would prove to be a short lived band featuring Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy. The band Big Rig would also be billed that way, yet the roots of the band went back a lot further before the Ex Operation Ivy front man got on board. Big Rig was... Continue reading
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A surprise signing came in the form of LK 295, yet a due paid band to climb aboard for the ride – Michigan’s ‘Small Brown Bike’. With already a healthy and hugely loyal underground following, Small Brown Bike had spent the better part of seven years tearing up a trail... Continue reading
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LK 93 was a full length release from a band that had already been inactive for a couple of years, yet had made an impression on Chris Appelgren during his run in’s with the strangely gimmicked San Diego guys over the years. The band was ‘Rice’ – a band influenced... Continue reading
Glad you revisited them! Such an underrated band!
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Although not experiencing the success of Green Day or even The Mr T Experience, Scherzo were still plugging away and found time to release their debut album ‘Suffering and Joy’ (LK 47) – showcasing a longer set in the vein of their debut, with some fine more melodic bursts of... Continue reading
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As one of Lookouts more vocal and active artists, Jeff Ott marked his fourth release for the label with the debut album for Fifteen – ‘Swains First Bike Ride’ (LK 40) – again highlighting his worth in gold as being able to craft an extended set of memorable songs, with... Continue reading
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Now that Berkeley locals The Mr T Experience had christened it’s name in Lookout vinyl, the band went about work on their debut album for the label, two years after the release their second album for Rough Trade Records – ‘Night Shift At The Thrill Factory’. The band pieced together... Continue reading
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Halloween night 1988 marked the date of the official live debut of a band based in Arcata, the college town located in the Humboldt County, California. The band in question had already been learning the ropes live previously playing in Laundromats while piecing together the full line up. The young... Continue reading
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Another band graduating from the Floyd comp to a sole release was The Vagrants, with their ‘Gone’ 7” (LK 32). Featuring Dave Henwood on drums, who would also sit in for Filth, The Wynona Riders and Pot Valiant, The Vagrants had been carving it’s own unique niche of emotive brooding... Continue reading