Caterwaul (band)

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Caterwaul A-Flower-And-A-Stone.jpg
Caterwaul's landmark 1987 video for "A Flower and a Stone"
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, United States
GenresRock, alternative rock, indie rock, college rock, post-rock
Years active1987–1991
LabelsLost Arts
Past membersBetsy Martin (vocals, mandolin) 1987–1991
Mark Schafer (guitar) 1987–1991
Fred Cross (bass) 1987–1990
Kelly Castro (bass) 1991
Stuart Smith (guitar) 1991

Caterwaul was an American band, based in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring Betsy Martin on vocals and mandolin, Mark Schafer on guitar, Fred Cross on bass and Kevin Pinnt on the drums.

Their debut album, The Nature of Things (1987) was released on Lost Arts Records. Caterwaul was interviewed in January 1988 on MTV's "120 Minutes" and the music video for "A Flower and a Stone" from their debut album was played nationally for the first time. The video, directed by David Kane-Ritsch, was notable for its use of photocopied enlargements of frames of film that were subsequently "colored-in" with what appeared to be highlighter markers and crayons.[citation needed] The extremely labor-intensive project (essentially a crude type of cel animation) generated significant interest among the music video production community.[citation needed] Later in 1988, Caterwaul was signed by I.R.S. Records[citation needed] and released an EP and two albums for the label; Beholden (1988), Pin and Web (1989) and Portent Hue (1990), before disbanding. Pin and Web (1989) yielded one minor hit single in, "The Sheep's A Wolf" that charted at Number 25 on the Billboard "Alternative Songs" chart the week of May 13, 1989.[1] Caterwaul lost Fred Cross after the Portent Hue tour, and recruited Kelly Castro as their new bassist. They also added Stuart Smith as a second guitarist. The new lineup recorded Killer Fish in 1991, which was released in 1996 on Lost Arts Records.[citation needed]


  • The Nature of Things (Lost Arts Records, 1987)
  • Scream The Compilation (Geffen Records, 1987)
  • Beholden (I.R.S. Records, 1988)
  • Pin and Web (I.R.S. Records, 1989)
  • Portent Hue (I.R.S. Records, 1990)
  • Killer Fish (Lost Arts Records, 1996)


  1. ^ "Alternative Songs". Retrieved 2012-04-01.

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