Wool (band)

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Wool
Wool-band.jpg
Background information
Origin Washington, D.C.
Genres Rock
Years active 1990–96
Labels External, London
Past members Peter Stahl
Franz Stahl
Al Bloch
Peter Moffett
Chris Bratton

Wool were a rock band from Washington, D.C. (but based in Los Angeles), specialising in a rough hewn but melodic brand of punk-based hard rock from 1990-1996.

History[edit]

Wool formed in the early '90s when brothers Peter and Franz Stahl (vocals/guitar and guitar/vocals, respectively) were forced to terminate their popular band Scream when bassist Skeeter Thompson went AWOL and drummer Dave Grohl joined Seattle grunge band Nirvana mid-way through a U.S. tour. The brothers then teamed up with former Government Issue and future Burning Airlines drummer Peter Moffett and Seattle native and ex-Concrete Blonde bassist Al Bloch (brother of Seattle Sub-Pop legend Kurt Bloch from the Fastbacks).

The quartet's first single "Little Darlin'", is a widely regarded punk single. Then, the band released an EP, 1992's rollicking Budspawn, which was released independently on External Records. The material on Budspawn combined the four members' inherent punk aesthetics with a tendency toward more straight-ahead, anthemic hard rock and drug-induced psychedelia.

Following a line-up change in which Moffett was replaced by former Inside Out and Chain of Strength drummer, Chris Bratton, Wool were signed to London Records in the newly punk-friendly climate of 1993. The band recorded Box Set in early 1994 and released it in the Fall of that year. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Box Set expanded on the basic blueprint of Wool's already established sound.

After a less than enthusiastic commercial response to Box Set, the band was dropped by London Records, early on in 1996. Wool recorded new demos in late '94 and late '95, but split up by summer of 1996. Later on guitarist/vocalist Franz Stahl became the touring guitarist for Japanese musician J, and joined former Scream band mate Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters, replacing departing guitarist Pat Smear.[1][2] Franz's tenure in the band included the entire world tour for the 1997 album The Colour and the Shape. Peter Stahl went on to play with Earthlings? and Goatsnake and appeared on several of Josh Homme's (Queens of the Stone Age) The Desert Sessions albums. Later on he became a Tour Manager for many bands, including Foo Fighters, Cave In and Rammstein.

Discography[edit]

Budspawn (1992)[edit]

  1. "S.O.S."
  2. "Slightly Under"
  3. "Clear My Head"
  4. "Wait"
  5. "Medication"
  6. "Eff"

Budspawn (vinyl) (1992)[edit]

  1. "S.O.S."
  2. "Slightly Under"
  3. "Clear My Head"
  4. "Love My Gun"
  5. "Wait"
  6. "Medication"
  7. "Eff"

Mayday (7-inch) (1992)[edit]

  1. "S.O.S."
  2. "Run-Hide"

Box Set (1994)[edit]

  1. "Eden"
  2. "Kill the Crow"
  3. "Eat Some Ziti"
  4. "Superman Is Dead"
  5. "B-350"
  6. "Chances Are"
  7. "Coalinga"
  8. "Speak"
  9. "God Rest His Soul"
  10. "Blackeye
  11. "Take a Look"

Bonus 7-inch included with vinyl pressing of Box Set[edit]

  1. "So Many Ways"
  2. "Sister Song"
  3. "Dear Dorothy"

Kill The Crow (1994)[edit]

  1. "Kill the Crow"
  2. "The Witch"

Your Choice Live Series (1995)[edit]

Released via Your Choice Records.

  1. "S.O.S."
  2. "Kill the Crow"
  3. "Soundchecksong"
  4. "Car Crash"
  5. "Clear My Head"
  6. "Eden"
  7. "B-350"
  8. "Zitty"
  9. "Blackeye"
  10. "Coalinga"
  11. "Superman Is Dead"
  12. "Medication"
  13. "Wait"
  14. "Eff"
  15. "Sistersong"

Single Limited Vinyl Edition (1996)[edit]

Crippled Dick Hot Wax record, Wool appears courtesy of London Records.

  1. "Sound Check Song"
  2. "Don't Bother Me"

Shine! / Short Term Memory Loss (1996)[edit]

Bong Load Records - limited edition vinyl split single with Kyuss.

  1. "Short Term Memory Loss"

Members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The few beautiful people left". Lacunae.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  2. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Biography: Wool". AMG. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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