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Brainiac

Well after the death of new wave, Brainiac formed in 1992 with a sound that perfectly epitomized the uptight, herky-jerky tension of the early-'80s movement, as well as its warped sense of song structure and electronic breakdown. The band came together in Dayton, OH, originally the basement experiments of vocalist/keyboard player Tim Taylor and bassist Juan Monasterio. After recruiting guitarist Michelle Bodine and drummer Tyler Trent, Brainiac began playing around the Midwest and hooked up with Limited Potential Records, which released the single "Super Duper Seven" in September 1992. After another single, a split with Bratmobile on Dayton's 12X12 label, Brainiac signed with Grass Records. The group's debut album Smack Bunny Baby, produced by Girls Against Boys' Eli Janney, appeared in mid-1993. During 1994, Brainiac replaced Bodine with guitarist John Schmersal and released their second album, Bonsai Superstar. After a tour on Lollapalooza's second stage, a performance in Chicago impressed the indie label heavyweight Touch & Go, which signed the band and issued their third album, Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, in early 1996.

Brainiac released an EP, Electro-Shock for President, in April 1997, prior to entering the studio to record their fourth album. Over the course of 1996-1997, their profile had grown, and there were rumors that major labels like DreamWorks were interested in signing them after the new album was completed. As the group was recording during the summer, Tim Taylor was tragically killed in a one-car accident, driving home from the studio. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Brainiac is the s**t first band I ever saw live glad they are on pandora
Almond joys and mounds are crap candy bars. This band tastes far better than that coconut infused crap
One of the best live bands I have ever seen. A force of Nature.
Bought the CD off ebay for 2.50 delivered... d i s a p p o i n t e d . FOR SALE.
Brainiac was one of my favorite bands back in high school (93 - 97). Glad to see the surving members are carying the torch.

As a side note... why do some of the most eclectic & bizzare bands come out of Ohio?
dignan29
I to am a cracked machine and a blip on the screen! Love this stuff. It never gets old. Every time I hear these guys it makes me realize how great and original they are. I miss you Tim.
bonsai superstar is their best, in my opinion.
this cd shreds harder than your grandma's panties. f**k the naysayers; long live brainiac! and you know, john schmersal has been rocking my face with enon ever since.
I bought this cd and was disappointed - liked 'cracked machine', but the rest is largely trash.

This is why they make Almond Joy and Mounds.
chitwood.and r e w
this band would have blown up if tim taylor didn't die.

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