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Screeching Weasel

Chicago's Screeching Weasel generally have a polarizing effect on most punk fans -- either you love their amateurish, tuneful Ramones imitation and singer/guitarist Ben Weasel's smartass suburbanite, often pop culture-oriented lyrics, or you hate them. Over the course of the band's career, which lasted for more than a decade and saw several breakups and numerous personnel changes, Weasel (in spite of occasional nitpicking from critics) remained true to his staunch D.I.Y. indie ethics, as befits a former columnist for the defiantly punk 'zine Maximumrocknroll.

Screeching Weasel were formed in 1986 by vocalist Ben Foster, who performed under the name Ben Weasel, after seeing a Ramones show. Early members included guitarist John Jughead and drummer Steve Cheese; after Weasel gave up trying to play bass, Vinnie Bovine was added on that instrument. The band recorded its self-titled debut album in 1987 for Underdog Records, of which only about 3,000 copies were pressed. Vinnie Bovine's personal problems got him kicked out of the band, and ex-Ozzfish Experience guitarist Warren "Fish" Ozzfish replaced him on bass. After playing some gigs in California, Screeching Weasel joined the fledgling Roadkill label, with Jughead and Weasel taking a hand in its operations, and released Boogada Boogadaboogada! in 1989.

Cheese left the band due to his reluctance to tour and was replaced by Brian Vermin. Following the supporting tour, Warren left and was replaced by Danny Vapid (born Dan Schafer), known early on as "Sewercap"; he had performed as a vocalist with Chicago-area hardcore bands like Generation Waste and the Igor Skulls. Following several EPs and singles of varying quality, Vermin and Vapid left to form Sludgeworth, and Jughead and Weasel called it quits and attempted to form another band with members including bassist Dave Naked. Screeching Weasel got back together following a reunion show designed to help the band pay off its debts, with a lineup featuring Weasel, Jughead, Naked, Vapid (now on second guitar), and new drummer Dan Panic (born Dan Sullivan). Lookout! Records agreed to release the band's next album if it was recorded under the name Screeching Weasel, and the more Ramones-like My Brain Hurts appeared in 1991.

Following the tour, Naked was replaced first by Gub, then Johnny Personality, and finally Vapid, who switched back to bass after 1992's Wiggle (Weasel then filled the second guitar slot). As something of a novelty, the band next recorded its own vinyl-only cover of the entire Ramones album, which is long out of print. What many consider the best Screeching Weasel album, Anthem for a New Tomorrow, was released in 1993. Following a decision to break up the band the next year, Vapid left early, and 1994's How to Make Enemies and Irritate People was recorded with Green Day's Mike Dirnt sitting in on bass. After the breakup, Weasel, Vapid, and Panic ended up together in a new, even more Ramones-influenced punk-pop outfit called the Riverdales, which featured increased songwriting contributions from Vapid and toured with Green Day. Lookout! released a compilation of outtakes, live performances, and out of print material in 1995 entitled Kill the Musicians and eventually convinced the Riverdales to revert to the better-known Screeching Weasel name, as Jughead rejoined the band.

However, legal difficulties sprang up quickly, eventually resulting in an acrimonious split. In the meantime, Screeching Weasel had recorded a self-financed album, Bark Like a Dog; it was eventually picked up by Fat Wreck Chords in 1996. A supporting tour was canceled at the last minute, but the band returned in 1998 with Television City Dreams, and again in 1999 with Emo. The rarities compilation Thank You Very Little and a new studio effort, Teen Punks in Heat, both followed a year later.

Screeching Weasel called it quits in 2001. For the next few years, Ben Weasel worked with the Riverdales and pursued a solo career, while Jughead went on to form Even in Blackouts. To close the door on the end of an era, the greatest-hits album Weasel Mania was released in October 2005 on Fat Wreck. Then, in March of 2009, Weasel re-formed the band with Vapid and three new members, Simon Lamb of the Ritalins, Justin Perkins of Yesterday's Kids, and Adam Cargin of Blueheels and the Riverdales. With 2011’s First World Manifesto, things seemed to be back on track, but the comeback was stopped abruptly. On March 18th of that year, while playing a show at South by Southwest, Ben Weasel assaulted two women in the crowd, claiming he was upset over ice being thrown on-stage. Weasel later issued a public apology, and seemed genuinely sorry for his actions, but in an interview with PunkNews.org, his bandmates unanimously concluded that they would not be performing live as Screeching Weasel in the foreseeable future. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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shahriq
I wanna tell you what's on my mind
I wanna bill you for wasted time
Television city dream is a boring, uninspired album. Anthem for a New Tomorrow is the joint.
How come television city dream isnt in the discography? ! Thats my favorite album I cant find it anywhere. ... f*** you!
@Jason the Weaz... Please tell me you didn't just assume that everybody here is a liberal. If I were to judge you by your music taste, I would say you are pretty left yourself, but you might not be. I myself am a libertarian thank you very much. So YOU piss off you judgemental pos
This sounds like something my parents would listen to. I love it<3
Piss off you liberals.
Why in the sexual intercourse is there censorship?! What the sexual intercourse, man?! This bullpoop should not restrict us! We shouldn't let this poop control us! Sexual intercourse censorship right in the sexual intercoursin g nose!
michael77424
S H I T... Censorship sux
Fork Ya! No forking censorship! That's complete bullsh@t!
fvck buckets! stop censoring the man!
billieblog
Stop censoring me you stupid piece of shiiiiiiiit
billieblog
F**k
Chicago punk rock in the 90's is unparalleled . With bands like SW, Apocalypse Hoboken, 88 Fingers Louie, Slapstick, Oblivion, and others Chicagos punk scene is something that was discreet to the world. Sidekick Kato, Cap'n Jazz, The Bollweevils, Shot Baker, NO EMPATHY. I can go on and on. SW was the major influence behind bands like Green Day and Blink 182. If it weren't for SW the 90's punk scene may have never been.
love weasel,stupi d b**ches and their damn ice crap!!
Anybody that disses this band over some s**t, doesn't know what happened. Stop your witch hunt.
I would like to know what happened to Television city dream sick album.. love you guy keep it up..!
Skate Punk for life! KILL THE REDS
@ jonathan_d_w e l l s

These dudes play punk, and well...punks aren't known for being nice people. Remember GG Allen? Or punk's favorite anti-hero Charles Bukowski? Both of them weren't nice people. So I can see how Ben might not be a nice man in person.
Best Band Ever.
@ jonathan_d_w e l l s

they probably didn't like the ramones, so f**k em'.
SW had a few good songs but could not nor do not understand why everyone loves them so much.
You guys heard about Ben punching TWO women at a concert in May, right? I used to like this band, now I f**king hate them.
Ah, good ole Screeching Weasel. One of the best REAL pop-punk bands out there.
my foot hurts
...where have I been, where was I from 88 to 05? How did I miss this band. I like this sound. Not so SoCal redundant. This is better as stripped down.
bert.certain
Ben Weasel punched a chick in the face. Now that's polarizing!
Forever!
If you like punk at all listen to Boogada.
Reviewer says they are polarizing, I guess I'm at the equator as I think they are ok.
God this album gives me some awesome memories from like 15 years ago! I totally forgot what it's like to hear stripped-dow n music, that isn't digitized like all the other crap nowadays. Music really should go back to simple, raw USDA Prime punk rock like this. Record on reel-to-reel , not hard drive to MP3. You lose all the "heart". Believe it or not music industry, some people actually like the less is more approach.I know I do!!!
I will eat your children.
why the f**k are you all f**king people sayng the f**king word F**K so many f**king times?!!
put it like this i got the tattoo and all the albums twice and once on vinyl
my all time faves!

don't wanna imagine life without them.
I f**king love those a** holes!
Can't even f**k with SW
Screeching Weasel is fu*king grate
how the f**k is television city dream NOT on this f**king list
They don't have the full discography, which is a shame. It's all pretty good pop punk. Guest List is a perfect song after a bunch of hardcore or a really harsh bout of aggro tech.
Can never go wrong with some SW.
anybody who doesn't dig screeching weasel sucks my a**hole

wished i lived in chicago so i could see'em
they are SO much better than the ramoNes,who were "mereLy" dumb,but not insightfuL.
Weasel has left a contribution to music that other bands have sadly failed to realize. They picked up where the ramones left off and continued the tradition. And when these other bands who have taken their weasel influenced music and sold it out to slimy record company, turning it into a bastardizati o n of real rock and force fed radio pop; weasel continued to release straight foreward, raw, in-your-
everyone is more attractive with an instrument in their hands!


;)

Sunshine is the song i REMEMBER hearing for the first time and saying to myself, F*cK! THAT IS A RAD BAND!
Wow, I haven't listened to this band since Boogadabooga d a b o o g a d a came out, I hadn't realized they had so many more releases! These guys got me through High School along with a strong set of other bands. I'm going to have to check out their later releases.
I love to see the look on peoples' faces when I say "I listen to a lot of Screeching Weasel," but I'm in IT so they already think I'm bubble or two off... Fu*k em!
weasel is the s**t dude
Damn, I love how many comments these guys are getting. This is true punk when real punk is now dead.

Props to all you true punks ;D
bromide01
These guys clearly formed this band to get laid.
josh.cookman
where the fu*k is wiggle
the discography is missing "bark like a dog" unfortunate. it wasnt their greatest effort but it was still released on nov. 5th 1996 on fat wreck-chords
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