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Squirrel Bait

Band, 1983-1988 US, Louisville, Kentucky
Rock and Alternative
A.k.a. Bork!

Squirrel Bait was a punk rock band formed in the early 1980's in Louisville, KY, by guitarist David Grubbs and bassist Clark Johnson. The group's first demo tape, released under the name Squirrelbait Youth, featured drummer Rich Schuler and saw Grubbs handle both guitar and vocals. The group's second demo featured drummer Britt Walford and vocalist Peter Searcy and saw the group move away from the hardcore sounds of the first demo. 1985's self-titled EP received much critical accalim and saw Ben Daughtry take over the drums while Brian McMahan join as second guitarist (two of the EP's tracks, which feature Walford on drums, were taken directly from the band's second demo). The same line-up recorded the band's only LP, 1987's "Skag Heaven". The group broke up after its release, with the split owing as much to personal and musical differences within the band as it did to Johnson and Grubbs' decision to leave Louisville for college. Grubbs and Johnson would reunite in Bastro while McMahan and Walford, who, while never in Squirrel Bait at the same time, had played together in various bands since grade school, went on to form Slint. In the mid 1990s, Grubbs reissued the self-titled EP and "Skag Heaven" on his short-lived Dexter's Cigar imprint.

PortraitDavid Grubbs
g, voc *1967 US
PortraitBritt Walford
dr *1970
PortraitBrian McMahan
g, voc
PortraitClark Johnson
b *1967 US
PortraitPeter Searcy
voc US
Ben Daughtrey
perc, dr, voc
Rich Schuler
Popular Tracks   
Sun God on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
Hammering So Hard on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
Kid Dynamite on Skag Heaven by Squirrel Bait
Thursday on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
When I Fall on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
Disguise on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
Mixed Blessing on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
The Final Chapter on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait
Black Light Poster Child on Skag Heaven by Squirrel Bait
Perfect on Squirrel Bait by Squirrel Bait

Track list and 30sec audio provided by

Title Artist Year Type
Skag Heaven Plus 8 Bonus TracksSquirrel Bait1987Compil.
Kid DynamiteSquirrel Bait1986Single
Skag HeavenSquirrel Bait1986Album
Squirrel BaitSquirrel Bait1985Album
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