Camper Van Beethoven

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: alternative indie rock indie rock post-punk seen live alternative rock 80s college rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A band for whom the term ‘alternative’ might first have been coined; in fact, principal songwriter David Lowery suggests that is exactly the case: ‘(We) were arguably the prototypical alternative band. I remember first seeing that word applied to us. The nearest I could figure is that we seemed like a punk band, but we were playing pop music, so they made up the word ‘alternative’ for those of us who do that’.

Camper Van Beethoven were a witty, often sarcastic garage rock band formed in Redlands, California, USA, in 1983 by school friends, transferring to Santa Cruz when members attended college there. They were given their name by early member David McDaniels, though initial line-ups were frequently unstable. Lowery (10 October 1960, San Antonio, USA; vocals, guitar) was originally joined by Greg Lisher (guitar), Chris Pedersen (drums), Chris Molla, Jonathan Segel (violin) and Victor Krummenacher (bass)....

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