Infectious Grooves

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Infectious Grooves
OriginVenice, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresFunk metal[1][2]
Years active1989–present
LabelsEpic, Suicidal, 550 Music
Associated actsSuicidal Tendencies, Jane's Addiction, Metallica, Excel
MembersMike Muir
Dean Pleasants
Robert Trujillo
Jim Martin
Brooks Wackerman
Past membersAdam Siegel
Stephen Perkins
Josh Paul
Eric Moore

Infectious Grooves is an American funk metal supergroup led by Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir. The current lineup also includes Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Dean Pleasants, ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and Avenged Sevenfold drummer Brooks Wackerman. To date, the project released four albums between 1991 and 2000.

Though Muir's sense of humor was often obvious with Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves often brought out a goofier type of humor, incorporating comedy skits involving an anthropomorphic reptile named Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III.[3] A mascot costume of Sarsippius was later created and often appeared during the band's live performances.[4]

The Infectious Grooves were on hiatus between the release of their fourth album, 2000's Mas Borracho and 2007, while the band's personnel were busy with other projects. According to Muir, Infectious Grooves had been working on new material.[5] In April 2008 the band began a one-month tour across Europe, featuring Stephen Bruner on bass, Eric Moore on drums, Dean Pleasants and Tim Stewart on guitars.

Most of the band's original lineup reunited for the Orion Music + More festival in June 2013, with ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin filling in for Adam Siegel.[6]

Band members[edit]


Dates & releases Members & prominent instruments Notes
The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move... It's the Infectious Grooves
  • Initial line-up
Sarsippius' Ark
Groove Family Cyco

Mas Borracho

Unofficial members[edit]


Year Title Label US Billboard peak[7] Format Other information
1991 The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move... It's the Infectious Grooves Epic 198 CD
  • Debut album
  • The second track, "Therapy", features backing vocals by Ozzy Osbourne.
1993 Sarsippius' Ark Epic 109 CD
1993 The Great Infectious Cover-Up Epic Uncharted CD
1994 Groove Family Cyco Epic Uncharted CD
1997 Friends & Family, Vol. 1 Suicidal Uncharted CD Compilation featuring three IG tracks
1999 Cyco Miko - Schizophrenic Born Again Problem Child Suicidal Uncharted CD Compilation featuring two IG tracks and two 'Suicidal Grooves' tracks
1999 Mas Borracho Suicidal Uncharted CD
2001 Friends & Family, Vol. 2 Suicidal Uncharted CD Compilation featuring three IG tracks
2008 Year of the Cycos Suicidal Uncharted CD Compilation featuring three IG tracks
2020 Take U on a Ride (EP) Uncharted EP


  • The band can be seen (and heard) performing as the prom band in the 1992 Pauly Shore film Encino Man.
  • David Silveria was the drummer position after Stephen Perkins left the band but turned it down in order to continue playing in the band that would later become Korn.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Harrison, Thomas (2011). Music of the 1980s. ABC-CLIO. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-3133-6600-0. A side project, Infectious Grooves, embraced funk metal in its brief period of fondness in the early 1990s.
  2. ^ Childers, Chad (October 23, 2013). "Favorite Robert Trujillo Song – Readers Poll". Noisecreep. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 176/7. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  4. ^ "Infectious Grooves The Whisky-A-Go-Go 1/31/2014". Heavy Metal Hill. February 1, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: New Album Is 'Sounding Great' Archived December 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Artist Chart History - Infectious Grooves". Retrieved February 18, 2007.