|Origin||Hollywood, CA, USA|
|Years active||1993-1995 , 1997|
|Associated acts||Butthole Surfers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sex Pistols, The Kids, Six Gun Method, Rock City Angels, Ween, Rollins Band, Gone, Regressive Aid, The G.D. Liars|
|Past members||Bill Carter
|Studio album by P|
|Released||November 21, 1995
May 8, 2007 (reissue)
Caroline Records (reissue)
P was a short-lived American alternative rock band formed in early 1993 by Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes (vocals), actor Johnny Depp (guitar/bass), actor Sal Jenco (percussion), and songwriter Bill Carter (guitar/bass).
The band performed their first show at the Austin Music Awards in 1993 and released their eponymous album on November 21, 1995 under Capitol Records. It was reissued on May 8, 2007 under Caroline Records. They often played the odd gig at The Viper Room, of which Depp used to be co-owner. One of these gigs was played on October 30, 1993, where the lineup included Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Haynes, along with other members of the line-up that night, was a good friend of actor River Phoenix. While the band were in the middle of their song "Michael Stipe", which includes the lines "I'm glad I met old Michael Stipe, I didn't get to see his car. Him and River Phoenix were leaving on the road tomorrow" and "but we didn't have a part, not a piece of our heart, not Michael, River Phoenix or Flea or me." Phoenix (unbeknownst to the band at the time) was outside the venue having seizures on the sidewalk. Phoenix died in the early hours of October 31 of heart failure brought on by an overdose of cocaine and heroin.
The band's only release was an eponymous album. It was originally released on November 21, 1995, under Capitol Records. The album was reissued on May 8, 2007, under the Caroline Records label. The band consisted of Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), actor Johnny Depp (The Kids, Rock City Angels), actor Sal Jenco ("Blowfish" from 21 Jump Street) and songwriter Bill Carter. The additional musicians included on the album were Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Andrew Weiss (Ween, Rollins Band), Chuck E. Weiss (Lightnin' Hopkins, The G.D. Liars) and Ruth Ellsworth-Carter.
All songs written and composed by P, unless otherwise noted.
|1.||"I Save Cigarette Butts" (Daniel Johnston cover)||Daniel Johnston||3:43|
|5.||"Dancing Queen" (ABBA cover)||Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson||3:47|
|6.||"Jon Glenn (Mega Mix)"||9:00|
|8.||"White Man Sings the Blues"||6:40|
|10.||"Scrapings from Ring"||7:51|
- Ruth Ellsworth-Carter - keyboards
- Flea - bass
- Steve Jones - guitar
- Andrew Weiss - Moog, guitar
- Chuck E. Weiss - washboard