Boris the Sprinkler

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Boris the Sprinkler
Rozek-Norb.jpg
Rev. Nørb, frontman of Boris the Sprinkler
Background information
Origin Green Bay, Wisconsin United States
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1992–2003, 2009
Labels Bulge, Lookout!, Dirtnap, Mutant Pop, Go-Kart
Past members Rev. Nørb
Paul No. 1
Erik No. 1
Ronny Johnny Kispert
Paul No. 2
Eric No. 2
Ric Six
Tim 00

Boris the Sprinkler was a punk rock band that formed in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1992.

History[edit]

Boris the Sprinkler was founded in Green Bay in 1992 by Reverend Nørb (vocals) and Paul #1 (guitar).[1] Nørb and Paul (born Paul Schroder) initially played with Eric Lee (bass) and Ronny Johnny Kispert (drums); later members included Eric James (bass), Ric 6 (bass), and Paul 2 (drums).[2] Nørb, who was born Norb Rozek,[3] had previously written for the music magazines Sick Teen and Maximum Rocknroll.[1] Nørb's lyrics and the band's style were self-consciously irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, and referential to other aspects of pop culture, influenced by punk rock groups such as The Dickies, The Rezillos, and The Ramones.[1] The group often dressed in flamboyant styles such as "zebra-print tights and gold lamé body suits".[4]

Boris the Sprinkler released eight full-length albums over the period 1994-2000, including 1994's 8 Testicled Pogo Machine (which included a vocal cameo by Wesley Willis on its first track),[5] 1998's End of the Century[6] (which covered the Ramones album of the same name in its entirety),[7] and two albums for Go-Kart Records, 1999's Suck[8] and 2000's Gay.[9] The group also released numerous EPs and singles, among them 1995's Mutant Pop release "Drugs and Masturbation"[10] and 1996's "Kill the Ramones".[11]

In 2013, Nørb published The Annotated Boris: Deconstructing the Lyrical Majesty of Boris the Sprinkler, a "line-by-line analysis" of songs he wrote for Boris the Sprinkler.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • V.M.Live Presents Boris the Sprinkler 11/1/96 (VML Records)
  • Gratuitous 1998 Summer Tour 10" (Clearview Records)
  • Banana Pad Riot! / Split with The Vindictives, Young Fresh Fellows & Mr. T Experience (Skullduggery Records)
  • 8" flexi-disc with Less Than Jake, Sonic Dolls and Mulligan Stu (Rhetoric Records)

Singles[edit]

  • 4Money (split with Quencher) (Lombardi Records)
  • She's Got a Lighter / It's My Style (Trouser Cough Records)
  • (Do You Wanna) Grilled Cheese? / Bad Guy Reaction (Bulge Records)
  • Male Model / Superball Eyes / Ejector Seat (Bulge Records)
  • Beth / I Turned Into a Martian (split with The Droids) (Power Ground Records)
  • Drugs & Masturbation / Yeah Yeah / Yeah Yeah No (Mutant Pop Records)
  • Ready Steady Go (split w/ Scooby Don't) (Just Add Water Records)
  • True Grit / Poodle Party / Do the Mimi (split with the Meatmen) (Bulge Records)
  • Hey Ed! / Attitude (split w/ Moral Crux) (They Still Make Records)
  • Sheena's Got a Microwave / Chipmunks Are Go! / Chemistry Set (split with the Sonic Dolls) (Bulge Records)
  • 113th Man / Son of Musical Interlude / Penalty Box / Can't Controllit (SuperSonicRefrigeRecords)
  • Kill the Ramones / Kill the Sex Pistols (Junk Records)
  • Little Yellow Box / Why Don't We Do It in the Dumpster / Get Off the Phone (Bulge Records)
  • New Wave Records / Yellow Pills / Hi, We're the Replacements (Mutant Pop Records)
  • Nikki The Sprinkler / Borisites (split with the Parasites) (Just Add Water Records)
  • (I've Been Hittin' On A) Russian Robot / Do The Go / Got The Time (Lookout Records)
  • Sick Sick Sick / Ultimatum / Busy Signals (split with the Dead Vampires) (Dirtnap Records)

Members[edit]

  • Rev. Nørb – vocals, keytar, guitar, harmonica
  • Paul No. 1 – guitar, vocals
  • Erik No. 1 – bass, guitar
  • Ronny Johnny Kispert – drums
  • Eric No. 2 – bass, vocals, recording engineer
  • Paul No. 2 – drums
  • Ric Six – bass
  • Tim 00 – bass
  • LP – guitar

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cover Story: Boris the Sprinkler. Maximum Ink, July 1999.
  2. ^ Brian Cogan, Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture. Greenwood, 2006, p. 26. Google Books link
  3. ^ a b The Quirky Invention of Boris the Sprinkler. Shepherd Express, July 28, 2013.
  4. ^ 12 O'Clock Track: Boris the Sprinkler, "Kill the Ramones". Chicago Reader, December 17, 2012.
  5. ^ Review of 8 Testicled Pogo Machine, Sobriquet Magazine, December 22, 2008.
  6. ^ Review of End of the Century, Allmusic
  7. ^ Interview with Boris the Sprinkler, Ink 19, August 1999.
  8. ^ Suck Review, Allmusic
  9. ^ Gay Review, Allmusic
  10. ^ Review of Drugs and Masturbation, Allmusic
  11. ^ Kill the Ramones review, Allmusic

Further reading[edit]

  • Rev. Nørb [Norb Rozek], The Annotated Boris: Deconstructing the Lyrical Majesty of Boris the Sprinkler (and Other Tales as the Need Arises). n.c. [Green Bay, WI]: Bulge Records, 2012.

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