A rowdy update of the 70s Californian folk rock fraternity, Cracker are fronted by Redlands natives David Lowery (10 October 1960, San Antonio, USA; formerly the founder of skewed rock architects Camper Van Beethoven) and fellow guitarist Johnny Hickman. Vocalist Lowery had been recording offbeat pop songs from the age of 16, issuing a number of tapes before joining covers bands. From there he graduated to original material with Box Of Laughs and Estonian Gauchos - who included Hickman. When Camper Van Beethoven imploded on tour in 1989, Lowery once again approached Hickman, who had been unable to join the latter band due to solo commitments and his work with ill-fated country band the Unforgiven. Immediately the duo picked up the Lynyrd Skynyrd mantle, later appropriated with less raucous abandon by Counting Crows. Cracker recorded its self-titled 1992 debut album for Virgin Records, who still had Lowery under contract following the dissolution of Camper Van...
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