December 1, 2004

SJP


Artist: Doughboys




John Bonhead (bass, vocals)
Johnathon Cummins (guitar, vocals)
John Kastner (lead vocals, guitar)
Brock Pytel (drums, vocals)
John Deslaurier (bass; 1990)
Peter Arsenault (bass, vocals; replaced Deslaurier 1992)
Paul Newman (drums, vocals; replaced Pytel 1990)
Wiz (second guitar; replaced Cummins 1996)
Darren Brown (guitarl; 1996)

John Kastner left Montreal's Asexuals in 1987 and decided to put together a band on his own. Finding reliable band members has always been at the heart of the matter for the Doughboys, because it's been so very difficult to find any. They signed with Restless Records out of Los Angeles shortly after forming and released their first album, 'Whatever', which featured Kastner and three others who soon left the band.

By the time they released the second album, 'Home Again', Jonathan Cummins (Circus Lupus, Mike Murley & The Sailors) had joined ranks, and by the third album in 1990, 'Happy Accidents', drummer Paul Newman had hooked up as well.

1992 saw Jellyfish Babies' bassist Peter Arsenault come into the fold, after a year-long hiatus during which time the other members had serious thoughts of packing it in. Once Arsenault was on board, though, A & M Records came calling with a five album "co-venture" international deal, and the Doughboys were once again a force to be reckoned with.

Which was their rightful due: Restless Records had left them hanging despite touring the US and Canada consistently and extensively in that time and building quite a following, but it was virtually impossible to find their albums anywhere. Such was their frustration that they did the only thing they could: they bought out their contract with the label.

Once again touring the North American continent in support of their first A&M release, 'Crush', the Doughboys were finally finding their product in stores. and 'Crush' went gold.

Their second album for A & M was 1996's 'Turn Me On' and was co-produced by Ted Nicely (Tripping Daisy) and Daniel Rey (Ramones). The album continued the band's pop-punk aggressiveness (now known as Modern Rock) which was a major gripe that caused Cummins to quit. He cited the band's lack of edge and commercial sell out as reason to seek new, alternative rock pastures.

Touring continued and joining Kastner, Paul Newman and Peter Arsenault was Wiz, from England's power-pop band, Mega City Four, who was a longtime friend of the band (having co-written two songs on 'Crush').

Currently former member Brock Pytel has a new solo release due -- his first since leaving the band in 1989. It features Jon Asencio (aka Bond Head) and John K, as well as Mark Arnold who currently plays with K's new group All Systems Go!

With notes from Brock Pytel and Tedd 'Waysted' Teets.




Singles
1988 You're Related//Stranger From Within/Forecast (independent)
1991 Home Again Live [4 song EP] (Black Box - Germany) BBX-002
1993 Shine (A & M)
1993 Fix Me (A & M)
1994 Neighbourhood Villain (A & M)
1996 I Never Liked You (A & M)
1997 Everything And After (A & M)

Albums
1987 Whatever (Pipeline) MTL-PD-005
1987 La Majeure (Scamindy)
1988 Home Again (Restless - US) 772345
1990 Happy Accidents! (Restless - US) 772510
1991 When Up Turns To Down [5 song 12"] (Restless/Emergo - Germany) EM-9244-1
1992 Something's Gone Wrong Again - The Buzzcock Covers (C/Z)
1993 5 Tracks From Crush [promo] (A & M)
1993 Crush (A & M)
1996 Turn Me On (A & M)

Video
1993 Shine
1994 Neighbourhood Villain
1996 I Never Liked You
1997 Everything And After

Compilation Tracks
1996 "Somethings Gonna Die Tonight" on 'Tribute To Hard Core Label' (Hard Core Logo) 74321-42086-2



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