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Origin Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1982–1989
Labels Lookout!
Associated acts Fifteen, Pinhead Gunpowder, Tilt, Operation Ivy, The Thorns of Life, Monsula, Screeching Weasel
Past members Aaron Cometbus
Jeff Ott
Jesse Michaels
Pete Rypins
Tim Armstrong
Idon Bryant
Jeff Ott
Paul Curran

Crimpshrine was an American punk rock band from Berkeley, California. The group was formed in 1982 by Aaron Cometbus, founder of the seminal punk rock zine Cometbus, and a friend, Jeff Ott.[1] Within D.I.Y. communities, the band is often considered one of the preeminent punk bands, most notably in the Bay Area scene.


Crimpshrine originally formed in 1982 under the name S.A.G. with Aaron Cometbus playing drums, Jeff Ott on guitar and Jesse Michaels (later of Operation Ivy) on bass.[2] Michaels left S.A.G. in 1983 and the group changed its name to Crimpshrine. The group added Pete Rypins on bass in 1985. The band grew out of the East Bay scene, centered on 924 Gilman Street, and had an important influence on later East Bay bands such as Operation Ivy, Green Day and punk rock in general. Crimpshrine toured the United States once in 1988. In Gainesville, Florida, after ongoing tensions, Rypins and Bryant and their roadie left the tour and the band. Paul Curran was courted to join the band on bass. He and his brother Jack drove out in a Ford Pinto and finished the tour with Ott and Cometbus, also playing on a few recordings. Cometbus played drums for Screeching Weasel and Ben Weasel and John Jughead played bass for Crimpshrine for two shows around Chicago. A tribute album was released to both Crimpshrine and Fifteen in 1996 by Microcosm Records.

Band members[edit]

Former members


Studio albums

Extended plays

  • Sleep, What's That? (1988)
  • Quit Talkin' Claude (1989)

Compilation albums

  • Duct Tape Soup (1992)
  • The Sound of a New World Being Born (1998)

Split albums

  • Crimpshrine / Mutley Chix (1988)
  • Crimpshrine / G-Whiz (1989)
  • Jawbreaker / Crimpshrine (1993)

Other appearances

  • "Another Day", "Rearranged" on Turn It Around! - Maximumrocknroll (1987)
  • "Trying Too Hard", "Construction", "Sanctuary" on Caution - Skene! Records (1988)
  • "Pick Up the Pieces" on The World's in Shreds: Volume 1 - Shredder Records (1988)
  • "Pretty Mess" on The World's in Shreds: Volume 2 - Shredder Records (1989)
  • "Summertime" on The Thing That Ate Floyd - Lookout! Records (1989)
  • "I Just Don't Know" on Bay Mud - Very Small Records (1989)
  • "Rearranged" on Lethal Noise, Vol. 2 - Very Small Records (1989)
  • "Free Will" on Make the Collector Nerd Sweat - Very Small Records (1990)


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