Four Star Mary

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Four Star Mary
Four Star Mary.jpg
Publicity photo by the band in 2007
Background information
Origin California, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Labels Spitfire
Members Tad Looney, Michael ‘Zu’ Zufelt, Steve Carter, Chris Sobchack, Derrick Tanner
Past members "Michael Buddy" Chanda, Falon, Dave McClellan, Doug Granville, Scotty Kormos, Adam Kury

Four Star Mary are an alternative rock group formed in California in 1997. They named themselves after the Four Star vs. Mary Case in which a woman was trying to sue Exxon (a big US oil company). Lead singer Tad Looney, guitarist Michael ‘Zu’ Zufelt, bassist Steve Carter, drummer Chris Sobchack (who replaced original drummer Michael "Buddy" Chanda) and rhythm guitarist Derrick Tanner (fourth guitarist after Falon, Dave McClellan and Doug Granville) are the band behind fictitious band Dingoes Ate My Baby in which Oz plays guitar in Seasons Two, Three and Four of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They have also had tracks featured in the shows Party of Five, Road Rules and The Real World.

According to an interview in The Watcher’s Guide volume 2 (2002, 457), music editor John King heard their music at a party given by Steve Carter’s girlfriend and thought they would be good on the show. On hearing the tape, Joss decided that they had the right sound for the fictitious band he wanted to feature in the show. Thus while they have only appeared personally once on the show in Season Four’s “Restless” as the band behind Giles when he sings the “Exposition Song”, their music has been featured more than that of any other band. Zu has also been down to the set to coach Seth Green on how to appear to play guitar. In the extra-textual Buffy world, they have played several posting board and cast/crew parties. Four Star Mary gained recognition after appearing in several episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, providing the music for the fictional band Dingoes Ate My Baby, of whom the character Oz was the lead guitarist. Their 2001 single "Pain" is present on the original soundtrack CD for the show and is also briefly featured in an episode of the American television show Charmed.

For years they were known as the band who were featured in more episodes than any other band in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, without actually physically playing in the fictional club (the Bronze) in the show. This finally came to an end when the band performed in a dream sequence alongside actor Anthony Head in the episode "Restless".

In 2008 the band made a number of appearances in the UK, finishing in Manchester.

On October 1 2013, the band relaunched their website containing video messages and a hint at future recordings.


  • Four Star Mary (EP), 1997
  • Thrown to the Wolves (album), 1998
  • Marlene/Think (double A-side single), 2000
  • Thrown to the Wolves (album), 2001 (UK re-release)
  • Dilate (single), 2001 (UK, spitfire records)
  • Pain (single), 2001 (UK, spitfire records)
  • Stripped (EP), 2001
  • Welcome Home (album), 2002
  • Live And Unheard Of (EP), 2003 (Limited edition)
  • Rio (single), 2004
  • Hello It's Me (album), 2006

Track listing[edit]


Thrown to the Wolves[edit]

  1. "Dilate"
  2. "Thrown To The Wolves"
  3. "Pain"
  4. "Never Mind"
  5. "Say It"
  6. "Dark Sky"
  7. "She Knows"
  8. "Shadows"
  9. "Violent"
  10. "Run"
  11. "Liar" (UK Re-Release only)
  12. "Fate" (UK Re-Release only)

Welcome Home[edit]

  1. "All I See"
  2. "Train"
  3. "Strangled"
  4. "Darker Days"
  5. "Empty"
  6. "Welcome Home"
  7. "Hold Me"
  8. "Bleed On"
  9. "Fall"
  10. "Prison"
  11. "Drown"
  12. "Stars Come Down"

Hello It's Me[edit]

  1. "Hello It's Me"
  2. "Hollow"
  3. "Everything"
  4. "Wonderful"
  5. "Long Way Down"
  6. "Won't Stop"
  7. "Detergent"
  8. "I'll Be Here"
  9. "Bad Rain"
  10. "Little Too Late"
  11. "Believe" (Bucky Mix)

EPs and Singles[edit]

Four Star Mary EP[edit]

  1. "Pain"
  2. "Shadows"
  3. "Sway"
  4. "Liar"
  5. "Tied Up"
  6. "Fate"


  1. "Marlene"
  2. "Think"
  3. "Pain" (Acoustic)


  1. "Dilate"
  2. "Never Mind"
  3. "Dilate" (Video)


  1. "Pain"
  2. "Surrender"
  3. "Pain" (Acoustic)
  4. "Pain" (Video)

Stripped EP[edit]

  1. "Too Far Gone" (Acoustic)
  2. "Dark Sky" (Acoustic)
  3. "Thrown To The Wolves" (Acoustic)
  4. "Dilate" (Acoustic)
  5. "Strangled" (Acoustic/Demo)

Live And Unheard Of EP[edit]

  1. "Empty" (Live)
  2. "Strangled" (Live)
  3. "Stars Come Down" (Live)
  4. "Bleed On" (Live)
  5. "Pain" (Live)
  6. "Rio" (Live)
  7. "One Son"


  1. "Rio"
  2. "BBC Interview 1"
  3. "Stars Come Down" (Acoustic)
  4. "BBC Interview 2"
  5. "Darker Days" (Acoustic)


External links[edit]