Edsel (band)

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Left to right: Sanoff and Habibion in 1995
Left to right: Sanoff and Habibion in 1995
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., U.S.
GenresIndie rock, Post-hardcore
Years active1988–1997, 2012–present
LabelsDeSoto Records, Simple Machines, Merkin, Grass Records, Jade Tree, Relativity Records, Thick Records, Radiopaque, Comedy Minus One
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersSohrab Habibion
Steve Raskin
Geoff Sanoff
Alexis Fleisig
Past membersSteven Albert
John Dugan
Eli Janney
Nick Pellicciotto
Steve Ward

Edsel was an American indie rock/post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., United States. The band originally broke up in 1997, having released four full-length albums, numerous 7-inch singles and an EP.[1]

The group reformed in October 2012 for two shows in New York City to celebrate the remastered reissue of their 1995 album, Techniques Of Speed Hypnosis. They have since been included in a Descendents covers compilation by Filter Magazine and will be playing at SXSW in Austin, TX in March.

The band was formed in 1988 by Sohrab Habibion (guitar and vocals), Steve Ward (bass), and Nick Pellicciotto (drums). Over the years, the group's members would include Geoff Sanoff (bass, currently an independent sound engineer and producer), Steve Raskin (guitar, currently in the band/collectives Thunderball and Fort Knox Five), Eli Janney (keyboards), and John Dugan (drums, formerly of Chisel).

Edsel's first single, "My Manacles," was the first release on the DeSoto Records label.

The label Comedy Minus One reissued remastered digital editions of Edsel's "The Everlasting Belt Co." and "Detroit Folly" in September 2011[2] with "Techniques of Speed Hypnosis" following in October 2012.[3]

From 2006 to 2015, Habibion was a member of Obits, releasing three full-length albums on Sub Pop. In 2015, Habibion joined SAVAK. Their debut album, "Best of Luck in Future Endeavors," was engineered by Sanoff.[4]


Former members[edit]


Albums and EPs[edit]

  • Strange Loop (1992; Merkin)[5]
  • The Everlasting Belt Co. (1993; Grass)[6]
  • Detroit Folly (1994; Grass)
  • Techniques Of Speed Hypnosis (1995; Relativity)[7][8]
  • Extended Play (1997; Radiopaque/Dischord)


  • "My Manacles" b/w "Wooden Floors" (1989; DeSoto)
  • "Coil-Re-Coil" b/w "Cats Paw" (1992; Merkin)
  • "Buckle" b/w "Stane" (1993; Grass)
  • "Penaluna" split 7-inch w/Jawbox (1993; DeSoto)[9]
  • "Switch The Codes" b/w "Draw Down The Moon" (1994; Grass)
  • "No. 5 Recitative" b/w "Laugh Him To Scorn" (1995; Jade Tree)
  • "Perched Like A Parasite" b/w "Bela's Corvair" 7-inch Picture Disc (1996; Thick)


  • "Feeder" on Wedge (1990; Simple Machines)
  • "Feeder" on Simple Machines: 1990-1993 (1993; Simple Machines)
  • "Derelict Fancy" on Echos From The Nation's Capital : A Washington, D.C. Compilation (1993; Third World Underground)
  • "Fortune Of Space" on Anon (1993; Castle von Buhler)
  • "Flywheel" on WGNS: Gots No Station Compilation Volume 2 (1994; WGNS)
  • "You Got Lucky" on You Got Lucky: A Tribute To Tom Petty (1994; Scotti Bros.)
  • "Penaluna" and "Whistle Down" on Pulled From The Wreckage: A Grass Records Sampler (1994; Grass)
  • "Plastic Passion" on Give Me The Cure: A Tribute To The Cure (1995; Radiopaque/Corduroy)[10]
  • "Suits Me Fine" on Vehicle (1995; Shute)
  • "Glazed By The Cold Front" on CD 19 (1996; Huh)
  • "Under A Hard Ride" on Indie-Rock Flea Market (1997; Flip)
  • "No. 5 Recitative" and "Laugh Him To Scorn" on First Five Years (2000; Jade Tree)


  1. ^ "Edsel". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  2. ^ "Edsel digital reissues out today!". Comedyminusone.com. September 19, 2011. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  3. ^ "Edsel - "Techniques of Speed Hypnosis"". Comedyminusone.com. August 20, 2012. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  4. ^ "Savak – Comedy Minus One". Comedyminusone.com. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  5. ^ "Strange Loop - Edsel | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  6. ^ "Everlasting Belt Co. - Edsel | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-09-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Techniques of Speed Hypnosis - Edsel | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  9. ^ "Savory/Penaluma - Edsel | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  10. ^ "Edsel – Plastic Passion (The Cure Cover)". Thesoundofindie.com. Retrieved 2020-03-26.

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