The band's name was chosen on a whim, "a kinda accidental thing,"  Portman recalled in a interview:. There was like Mr. T air fresheners, socks, cereal, deodorant, and whatever. We thought we'd be the punk rock band, just another in the long line of products. OK, not a Sweet Stench Of Death - Sinners Burn - Disturbing Creatures Shes My Alcatraz - The Mr.
T Experience - Alcatraz but hey One of our records, the title was 'Too Late to Change the Name. They began to build a local following through small tours and airplay on college radio stations and quickly became part of the thriving lates Bay Area punk rock movement centered on the Gilman Street venue.
It was around this time that Portman began a tradition of introducing each of the band's songs with the throwaway line "this song is about a girl Rough Trade Records went out of business shortly after releasing the EP. In the band signed to the fledgeling local punk label Lookout! Recordswhich they would Shes My Alcatraz - The Mr. T Experience - Alcatraz on throughout the rest of their career. They collected the results of several scattered recording sessions into the album Making Things With Lightwhich was the Shes My Alcatraz - The Mr.
T Experience - Alcatraz CD album released by the Lookout! Milk Milk Lemonade followed inafter which they embarked on their first tour of Europe. Shortly after returning to America Zelowitz left the band, leading to a near-breakup. They attempted a reunion with him a few months later but elected to continue on Turn To Stone - Eagles - Crazed & Snake-Eyed a trio, releasing the Gun Crazy EP in The album Our Bodies Our Selves soon followed and a tour was planned, but Laipeneiks declined to tour and soon left the band.
Another near-breakup ensued as Portman considered returning to graduate school and Rubin joined Samiam. Portman continued writing songs, however, and in Rubin returned from working with Samiam and recruited drummer Jim "Jym" Pittman. The trio recorded the EP And the Women Who Love Themwhich instilled some creative rejuvenation to the group. Soon, however, Rubin returned to Samiam and Joel Reader joined the band as his replacement. The lineup of Portman, Reader, and Pittman became the band's most stable lineup since From this point on the group essentially became Portman's project, as he began a prolific period of songwriting.
The trio released an album each year for the next four years: Love is DeadRevenge is Sweet, and So Are YouRoad to Ruin - a cover of the Ramones ' album of the same nameand Alcatraz Portman also released a solo album in entitled Show Business is My Life.
Reader left the band after Alcatraz and joined the Plus Ones. He was replaced by Gabe Meline, who had contributed to the recording of Alcatraz. Forgot your username? Send username. Forgot your password? Reset password. Already have an account? Log in. An error has occured - see below:. You have been subscribed to Amoeba newsletter.
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