Grifters (band)

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Also known asA Band Called Bud, The Grifters
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, United States
GenresIndie rock
Alternative rock
Art rock
Years active19892001
(disbanded/occasionally tour)
LabelsShangri-La Records
Sub Pop
Darla Records
Simple Machines
Associated actsBob
The Hot Monkey
Those Bastard Souls
Blood Thirsty Lovers
Guided by Voices
MembersStan Gallimore
Tripp Lamkins
David Shouse
Scott Taylor
Past membersJohn Stivers
Roy Berry

Grifters was a 1990s indie rock band based in Memphis who released albums on Doink, Sonic Noise, Shangri-La Records, and Sub Pop Records.

Dave got the band going about eight and half years ago. He found Scott through a lot of tapes and just decided he wanted to work with this weirdo, basically...

— Tripp Lamkins on founding the band - excerpt from an interview with Jason Gross of Perfect Sound Forever (Sept 1997)

The band originally formed in the late 1980s as A Band Called Bud, with vocalist/guitarist Scott Taylor, bassist Tripp Lamkins, and drummer Dave Shouse who founded the band and was considered to be its leader.[1] After being renamed Grifters (after the novel by Jim Thompson) by 1990, Shouse joined Taylor on guitar, with Stanley Gallimore taking over on the drums. Songwriting duties were shared between Shouse, Taylor and Lamkins. For several years in the 1990s they recorded primarily at Easley McCain Recording and were closely affiliated with Memphis's Shangri-La Records label. Jeff Buckley was a vocal supporter of The Grifters and was close friends with the band. The band released its last record, Full Blown Possession, before disbanding to pursue other projects.[2]


as A Band Called Bud:

  • Dad full length cassette (Doink Records, 1989)
  • Shark 7 flexi disc with The Martini Age (Kreature Comforts,1989)




  • "Soda Pop" 7" (Shangri-La Records, 1992)
  • "Corolla Hoist" 7" (Shangri-La Records, 1992)
  • "Under the Ground" split 7" (with Crain; Simple Machines, 1993)
  • "Holmes" 7" (Darla Records, 1994)
  • "Bronze Cast" 7" (Shangri-La Records, 1994)
  • "Dildozer" split 7" (with Fluffy Kitty; Cherry Smash, 1994)
  • "I'm Drunk" split 7" (with Guided by Voices; Now Sound, 1994)
  • "Queen of the Table Waters" 7" (Sub Pop Records, 1994)
  • "Stream" 7" (Derivative Records, 1995)
  • "Slipknot" 7" (Super 8 Records, 1996)
  • "Last Man Alive" 7" (Sub Pop Records, 1996)
  • "Wicked Thing" 7" (Sub Pop Records, 1997)

Various-artist compilation appearances[edit]

  • "She Blows Blasts Of Static" on Altered States of America, cassette, (Lime Lizard, UK, 1993)
  • "Black Fuel Incinerator" on Why Do You Think They Call It Pop? 10" (Pop Narcotic,1993)
  • "Make It Happen" on Ten Cent Fix, CD, (Jiffy Boy, 1993)
  • "Spaceship" on A Day in the Park, CD, (Now Sound, 1994)
  • "Look What You've Done To Me Now" on The Smitten Love Song Comp, CD, (Karate Brand, 1994)
  • "Under The Ground" on Working Holiday!, CD, (Simple Machines, 1994)
  • "The Want (live)" on Half-Cocked: The Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (Matador, 1995)
  • "Roadside Monument" on Mike McGonigal's Chemical Imbalance: 1984-1996, Vol.3, No.1, (Chemical Imbalance, 1995)
  • two songs on Barristers: Two Years In The Alley CD, 1996
  • "Empty Yard" on Red Hot + Bothered: The Indie Rock Guide Book to Dating CD (Red Hot Organization/Kinetic, 1995)
  • "Corolla Hoist (live at WMBR)" on MAGNET/Darla Single 7" (Magnet Magazine/Darla Records, 1996)
  • "Wicked Thing" on Spring Lineup - A Compilation Of Sub Pop's Heavy Hitters Promo CD, (Sub Pop Records, 1997)
  • "Holmes" on The Basement Recordings: Live at Cicero's, CD, (On The Clock, 1997)
  • "The Muffin Man" on Rudy's Rockin' Kiddie Caravan CD, (Bloodshot Records, 1997)
  • "Radio City Suicide" on Chicago Cab Soundtrack, CD, (Loosegroove Records, 1998)
  • five singles on Shangri-La: 10 Years, CD, (Shangri-La Records, 1998)
  • two singles on Darla 100, CD, (Darla Records, 2000)
  • "Hits Keep Comin" on The Unaccompanied Voice: An A Capella Compilation, CD, (Secretly Canadian, 2000)
  • "Confidential" on Shangri-la Projects: B-Sides, CD, (Shangri-La Records, 2006)


  • No Particular Slogan, (2xCD, singles compilation)
  • That's Not French, (live bootleg recorded at The Bottleneck Lawrence, Kansas, 2000)

Other formats[edit]


  • "Banjo" & "Whatever Happened To Felix Cole" - VHS video single (Shangri-La Records 1995)
  • "Last Man Alive" (directed by Russell Bates,[3] 1996)

Film appearances[edit]

  • Half-Cocked directed by Suki Hawley & Michael Galinsky. The Grifters appear as themselves and perform "The Want" live[4]


  • Gordon Scott Taylor: Vocals, Guitar
  • William David "Dave" Shouse: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
  • Russell "Tripp" Lamkins III: Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
  • Stanley Noyel Gallimore: Drums


  1. ^ "Grifters unravel the origins of their experimental but timeless sound". Orlando Weekly.
  2. ^ "interview by Jason Gross of Perfect Sound Forever (Sept 1997)". Furious. Sep 1997.
  3. ^ The Grifters "Last Man Alive" / Director: Russell Bates. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  4. ^ Half-Cocked and Radiation DVD Archived 2007-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.

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