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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] 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 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 played shows sporadically during its early years, with vocalist Ott living on the streets of Berkeley for a time.[1]

Although closely associated with the Gilman Street Project, Aaron Cometbus was quick to note in a 1988 interview with Flipside magazine that they were not a direct product of Gilman, having been established as a band years before the launch of the club.[3] "We helped them as much as they helped us because we are a part of it just as much," Cometbus said.[3]

1988 tour[edit]

Crimpshrine toured the United States once in 1988. The tour was a contentious one, with Idon Bryant and Pete Rypins abruptly leaving the band In Gainesville, Florida and heading home.[3] 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, later playing on a few recordings.

Breakup and legacy[edit]

Crimpshrine broke up in 1989, with Aaron Cometbus later forming Pinhead Gunpowder and playing in numerous other bands.

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.


  1. ^ a b "Crimpshrine," Maximum Rocknroll, whole no. 63 (Aug. 1988).
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  3. ^ a b c Al Kowalewski, "Crimpshrine," Flipside, whole no. 57 (Fall 1988), pp. 59-60.

Band members[edit]


7-inch vinyl

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

Full-length albums

Split albums

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

Compilation albums

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

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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