|Origin||New York City, United States|
|Genres||Grunge, punk rock, psychedelic rock|
|Years active||1986–1996, 2001–present|
Alice Donut is a punk rock band from New York City formed in 1986. The band released six albums before splitting up in 1996. They reformed in 2001.
1986–1996: Formation to split
Alice Donut formed in 1986 after the demise of the Sea Beasts, a band at Columbia University, the name soon trimmed from the initial Alice Donut Liver Henry Moore, a play on "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". Ted Houghton, Tomas Antona, Dave Giffen and Tom Meltzer recruited drummer Stephen Moses and quickly found a substantial audience at CBGB. Guitarist Michael Jung soon replaced Meltzer. The band's first commercial release was the Donut Comes Alive album, released in 1988 on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, followed in 1989 with Bucketfulls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life.
In August 1990, the band's debut single, a cover version of "My Boyfriend's Back", preceded third album Mule, released the following month, and described by Trouser Press as "challenging and invigorating". Revenge Fantasies of the Impotent was released in May 1991 (and later included in Andrew Earles' Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996), and included an instrumental cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs". Austrian born Bassist Sissi Schulmeister joined the band before the end of the year, with Richard Marshall also joining on guitar.
The band's fifth album, The Untidy Suicides of Your Degenerate Children, was released in September 1992; It was described by CD Review as "a peculiar mixture of ornate and wicked little bits about suicide, strippers, and a disgruntled ex-postal worker". It would be over three years before the bands's next studio album, Pure Acid Park, although a (mostly) live album, Dry-Humping the Cash Cow, came out in 1994.
The band decided to call it a day after playing their 1,000th show, in London on November 25, 1995, and confirmed the split in February 1996. The band's many shows between 1988 and 1996 included tours of the United States, Europe, and Japan, including a performance at the Reading Festival in 1993.
Moses went on to briefly join Rasputina, while Antona and Schulmeister got married and relocated to Durham, North Carolina.
In 2001, Alice Donut started recording and writing again and in 2003 Three Sisters, their first release after their hiatus, was recorded as a four-piece with Tom Antona on vocals, Michael Jung on guitar, Stephen Moses on drums and Sissi Schulmeister on bass.
Guitarist Dave Giffen rejoined the group for Fuzz, which was recorded in Brooklyn's BC Studio with longtime co-producer Martin Bisi, mixed and engineered by Joel Hamilton, and released on September 5, 2006.
The band's tenth studio album followed, Ten Glorious Animals, released in September 2009, again on Alternative Tentacles.
In 2011, the band's 25th anniversary was marked with the documentary Freaks in Love. In 2012, the Freaks in love compilation was released. Alice Donut still performs live on some occasions, like a show in 2014 in France and 2017 in Baltimore, MD at Ottobar.
On November 11, 2016, Tomas Antona stated on Facebook that Alice Donut are writing a new album. No completion or release date was given.
The band has been described as "punk...with elements of oddball country and funk" by Allmusic writer John Bush, and as "abstract metal" by Andrew Earles. The New Yorker described the band as a "dadaist punk ensemble" playing "oddball psychedelic noise-rock with a spiky sense of humor". Trouser Press described the band as "a little bit Zappa, a little bit cacophonous punk", calling it "a belated East Coast response to the Dickies and Redd Kross". Critics also drew comparisons with artists such as Butthole Surfers, Frank Zappa, and G.G. Allin.
- Dork Me Bangladesh (1987)
- Donut Comes Alive (1988), Alternative Tentacles
- Bucketfulls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life (1989), Alternative Tentacles
- Mule (1990), Alternative Tentacles
- Revenge fantasies of the impotent (1990), Alternative Tentacles
- The Untidy Suicides of your Degenerate Children (1992), Alternative Tentacles
- Pure Acid Park (1995), Alternative Tentacles
- Three Sisters (2004), Howler
- Fuzz (2006), Howler
- Ten Glorious Animals (2009), Alternative Tentacles
- Dry-humping the Cash Cow (1994), Alternative Tentacles – live
- Freaks in Love (2011), Alternative Tentacles – compilation
- Poof. (2013), MVD
Singles and EPs
- "My Boyfriend's Back"/"Demonologist" 7" (1990), Alternative Tentacles
- "Get A Life" 7" (1990), Vital
- The Ass Trilogy 12" (1991), Alternative Tentacles
- "Love Rollercoaster"/"Egg" (1991), Rave – split with Da Willys
- "Magdalene" 7" (1992), Alternative Tentacles
- "Blood On The Tundra"/"Bottom Of The Chain" 7" (1993), HeartFirst – split with Ice Princess
- "Medication" 7" (1993), Alternative Tentacles
- "Nadine" 7" (1994), Alternative Tentacles
- Michael Gerald's Party Machine Presents 7" (1996), Touch and Go – split with Killdozer
- Free Electric State 7" (2010), 307 Knox – split with Free Electric State
- Video Monstrosity (1994), Alternative Tentacles
- London, There's a Curious Lump in My Sack (2004), Punkervision
- Freaks in Love: :: A Quarter Century in Underground Rock with ALICE DONUT (2012)
- Poof. (2013), MVD
- Tomas Antona – vocals, drums
- Stephen Moses – drums, trombone
- Michael Jung – guitar, keyboard, vocals
- Sissi Schulmeister – bass, banjo, vocals, accordion, guitar
- David Giffen – guitar, banjo, vocals
- Richard Marshall – guitar, vocals (1990–1995)
- Ted Houghton – Bass, vocals (1986–1990)
- Tom Meltzer – guitar, vocals (1986–1987)
- ^ a b Alice Donut on Alternativetentacles.com
- ^ a b The New Yorker, Volume 85, 2009, Issues 31-39, p. 11
- ^ Ankeny, Jason "Donut Comes Alive Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ Jenkins, Mark (1989) "Alice Donut Rising from the Dead", The Washington Post, April 7, 1989. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 196
- ^ a b Mason, Stewart "Bucketfulls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ Raggett, Ned "Mule Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ a b c Robbins, Ira & Sprague, David "Alice Donut", Trouser Press. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ a b c Earles, Andrew (2014) Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996, Voyageur Press, ISBN 978-0760346488, p. 14
- ^ Ankeny, Jason "Revenge Fantasies of the Impotent Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ a b Schramm, Stephen (2017) "Blue Devil of the Week: Rocker Blends Creativity and Web Design", today.duke.edu, December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ CD Review, Volume 9, Issues 7-12, WGE, 1993
- ^ a b Stewart, Allison (1995) "Pure Acid Park Review", CMJ New Music Monthly, September 1995, p. 28. Retrieved December 14, 2018 via Google Books
- ^ Raggett, Ned "Dry Humping the Cash Cow Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ "Dunkin' Donuts: Alice Donut Calls It Quits", MTV, February 2, 1996. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ a b c d e f Bush, John "Alice Donut Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ Buchanan, Jason "Three Sisters Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- ^ Cooke, Jennifer (2009) "Alice Donut, Ten Glorious Animals", PopMatters, September 29, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2018
- Peterson, Karla (26 March 1993). "Alice Donut's rock is an acquired taste -- or lack thereof". San Diego Union-Tribune.
- Reinert, Jed (30 June 2000). "Alice Donut saved the best album for last". Intelligencer Journal. Lancaster, PA.
- Righi, Len (21 October 2006). "Coming full circle ** All the right ingredients in place for full Alice Donut band reunion". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA.
- Blush, Steven (2016). New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB. St. Martin's Press. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-250-08361-6.