Janitor Joe (band)


Janitor Joe (band)

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Career

The band's first single, " [http://cgi.ebay.it/JANITOR-JOE-HMONG-TODAY-HUNG-TOMORROW-7-USA-OXO_W0QQitemZ100502663421QQihZ003QQcategoryZ45541QQcmdZViewItem Hmong] ", was released on the nascent [http://www.get-happy-records.com/Labels-Disco/labelsO.htm OXO records] imprint in 1992, and popular local label [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com Amphetamine Reptile] picked up the band later that year, releasing the " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html Bullethead] " single on picture disc, and following up in 1993 with the " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html Boyfriend] " 7-inch and the debut album " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html Big Metal Birds] ". One Janitor Joe track, " [http://www.netsoundsmusic.com/nsudsii/2/142280026/798/2.html Under the knife] ", can also be found on an [http://www.get-happy-records.com/Labels-Disco/labelsO.htm OXO records] 4-track EP, released in 1993.

Janitor Joe became a staple of the Minneapolis sound, characterised by vicious, riff-driven, thickly layered blasts of noise, influenced by the Pacific Northwest's early grunge sound and by the sharper, faster DC post-hardcore scene, as well as the stop-start distortion of the Butthole Surfers, Shellac and others on the Touch and Go label. Pfaff and Breuer both contributed songs to " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html Big Metal Birds] ": "Both operate within easy reach of the line separating punishment and reward: Pfaff's contributions (the surly "Boys in Blue") tend to be slightly more spacious, while Breuer's ("One Eye," for instance) stipulate that drummer Matt Entsminger maintain perpetual motion", wrote David Sprague of [http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=janitor_joe TrouserPress magazine] .

The growing Minneapolis scene was beginning to attract music press attention in 1993. Amphetamine Reptile released a tour single, " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html Stinker] ", and Janitor Joe began to tour nationally. While playing in California, Pfaff was scouted by Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love of Hole, then looking for a bassist. Though she initially declined to join, Pfaff later reconsidered and moved to Seattle to work on "Live Through This", Hole's second album.

Janitor Joe recruited Wayne Davis to replace Pfaff, and continued to write and tour. Amphetamine Reptile released " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html Lucky] ", the band's second album, in 1994. Pfaff was tiring of Seattle by this time, and took a sabbatical from Hole to rejoin Janitor Joe for a spring tour. Her plans to return to Minneapolis and rejoin Janitor Joe permanently were curtailed when, in June 1994, she was found dead of a heroin overdose in her bathtub. She had planned to drive to Minneapolis the next day; her U-Haul stood, packed, in her garage.

Janitor Joe split in 1994, in the wake of Pfaff's death. Breuer and Entsminger went on to form [http://www.universalbuzz.com/catalogresults.asp?showall=yes&ArtistNumber=69 Gnomes of Zurich] with Scott Hull, and the band released an album, again on Amphetamine Reptile, entitled " [http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/discchrono.html 33rd Degree Burns] ", as well as singles on [http://www.reptilianrecords.com/reptilian/index.html Reptilian Records] and Sister Records.

Discography

Singles

1. Hmong 7" (OXO Records, 1992, OXO 002) 1. Hmong now 2.Hung later2. Bullethead 7" (Amphetamine Reptile, 1992, scale 51) picture disc, research and development series 1. Bullethead 2. KC3. Stinker 7" (Amphetamine Reptile, 1993, scale 62) tour only 1. Stinker 2. Pest4. Boyfriends CDS (Amphetamine Reptile, 1993, scale 90-2) 1. Boyfriend 2. Yellow Car5. Boyfriend 7"/CDS (Amphetamine Reptile, year 1993, ARR 37/245) 1. Boyfriend 2. Yellow Car

Albums

1. Big Metal Birds LP/CD (Amphetamine Reptile, 1993, ARR 39/247) 1. Early Retirement 2. Voucher 3. Boyfriend 4. Limited Edition 5. One Eye 6. Big Metal Birds 7. Boys In Blue 8. Slur 9. Steel Plate 10. Goal Oriented 11. Sunshine 12. Head 13. African Necklace

2. Big Metal Birds LP/CD/CS (Amphetamine Reptile, 1993, amrep 014) 1. Early Retirement 2. Voucher 3. Boyfriend 4. Limited Edition 5. One Eye 6. Big Metal Birds 7. Boys In Blue 8. Slur 9. Steel Plate 10. Goal Oriented 11. Sunshine 12. Head 13. African Necklace

3. Lucky LP/CD (Amphetamine Reptile, 1994, ARR 52/326) 1. Fragile X 2. Pest 3. That Crazy Guy 4. Motormouth 5. Piss Corner 6. Flyblown 7. Low Impact Conflict 8. No Smokes For Wave 9. Naked Ape 10. Karl 11. Mutton

4. Lucky LP/CD/CS (Amphetamine Reptile, 1994, amrep 027) 1. Fragile X 2. Pest 3. That Crazy Guy 4. Motormouth 5. Piss Corner 6. Flyblown 7. Low Impact Conflict 8. No Smokes For Wave 9. Naked Ape 10. Karl 11. Mutton

Compilations

Amphetamine Records Sampler 1993 CD (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1993, ARRCD 42/279) Track: Boys In Blue

1993 Sampler CD (Amphetamine Reptile USA, 1993, amrep 099) Track: Boys In Blue

AmRep Motors 1995 Models, sampler CD (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1995, ARRCD 62/005) Track: Fragile X

Oxo 5 7" (OXO Records, year ?, OXO 005) Track: Under The Knife


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