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Caterwaul's landmark 1987 video for "A Flower and a Stone"
|Origin||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Genres||Rock, alternative rock, indie rock, college rock, post-rock|
|Past members||Betsy Martin (vocals, mandolin) 1987–1991
Mark Schafer (guitar) 1987–1991
Fred Cross (bass) 1987–1990
Kelly Castro (bass) 1991
Stuart Smith (guitar) 1991
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. The extremely labor-intensive project (essentially a crude type of cel animation) generated significant interest among the music video production community. Later in 1988, Caterwaul was signed by I.R.S. Records 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 30 on the Billboard "Alternative Songs" chart the week of May 13, 1989. 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.
- 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)
- "Alternative Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.