Street Sweeper Social Club

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Street Sweeper Social Club
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Morello and Riley performing live.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Years active 2006–2010 (on hiatus)
Labels Warner, The Null Corporation
Associated acts The Coup, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman, Lock Up, Electric Sheep, Class of '99, Galactic, Nine Inch Nails
Members Tom Morello
Boots Riley

Street Sweeper Social Club is an American rap rock supergroup, formed in Los Angeles, California in 2006.[2] The band primarily consists of guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and vocalist/emcee Boots Riley of The Coup. The band had been testing songs out during Tom Morello's Nightwatchman tour and released an album on June 16, 2009.[3] Stanton Moore drummed for the group for the recording of the album[4] although he did not join the band for the following tour. Street Sweeper Social Club opened for Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction in May 2009.[5] Street Sweeper Social Club describes itself as "more than a band, it's a social club."[6] Their 2010 EP The Ghetto Blaster EP includes covers of M.I.A. "Paper Planes" and LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out".

Band history[edit]

Formation and debut album (2006-2009)[edit]

Morello and Riley performing at a Nightwatchman concert.

Morello and Riley first met during Billy Bragg's Tell Us the Truth Tour in 2003 where Morello often joined Riley on stage as his acoustic folk alter ego the Nightwatchman playing acoustic versions of The Coup's songs.[7] After a Coup show in Los Angeles Morello approached Riley over a dinner with the idea of forming a band to play "anthems for the revolution".[7] Morello gave Riley a cassette with instrumental demo songs asking Riley to listen to it, write something and then get back to him.[7] On the 2008 Nightwatchman tour, Riley made frequent appearances on stage to play the song "100 Little Curses" with Morello, which later became the first single released off their debut album. After playing the song, Morello confirmed that an album was in the works and would be out in early 2009. In the Spring of 2009, Street Sweeper Social Club announced a summer tour of the United States with Nine Inch Nails and the recently reunited Jane's Addiction.[8] On March 21, a Nine Inch Nails tour sampler EP titled NINJA was released via digital download containing both Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction and the songs "The Oath" and "Clap for the Killers" from the band which at that time still called themselves Street Sweeper.

For the recording of the band's debut album the duo enlisted the help of drummer Stanton Moore while Morello handled both the guitar and bass playing throughout the recording.[4] It was announced on April 14, 2009 that the band was changing their name from Street Sweeper to Street Sweeper Social Club via Trent Reznor's official blog.[9] In late April 2009, the band revealed details and the release date for the band's self-titled debut album. Warner Music Group released the album on June 16, 2009.[10] In April 2009, former Satellite Party and Freedom Fighter Orchestra instrumentalist Carl Restivo revealed, via his MySpace page, that he has been asked to join the band.[11] Later Eric Gardner and Dave Gibbs joined to play drums and bass respectively completing the band's touring line-up. On June 11, 2009, Street Sweeper Social Club put their entire new album on their MySpace page, before the official release five days later. On June 17, 2009, appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing their debut single "100 Little Curses". On October 14, 2009, Tom Morello and Boots Riley performed alongside Public Enemy at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors.

The Ghetto Blaster EP (2010 and onwards)[edit]

Main article: The Ghetto Blaster EP
Morello performing live.

The band released The Ghetto Blaster EP in August 2010, the EP features covers of "Paper Planes" by M.I.A and "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J. Besides Morello and RIley the album was recorded with touring members Carl Restivo, Dave Gibbs and Eric Gardner. They have performed at Coachella and performed at the 2010 Rock The Bells festival as well as the Voodoo Experience. On August 2, 2010, the band performed their cover of M.I.A's "Paper Planes" on Lopez Tonight to promote the EP.[12] When asked what's next for Street Sweeper Social Club, Riley confirmed that there will be another full length Street Sweeper Social Club album.[13] Street Sweeper Social Club's music video of their cover of MIA's Paper Planes was released on Oct. 5th, 2010 via YouTube.

Band members[edit]

Official members
Touring members
  • Carl Restivo - guitar[11] (2009–present)
  • Dave Gibbs - bass (2009–present)
  • scott Guzman - drums, percussion <large>(2009–present)
  • Daniel Durque - skin flute , trumbone , triangle , cowbell <large>(2009–present)


Studio albums
Year Title
2009 Street Sweeper Social Club
  • Released: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Warner
  • Format: CD
Year Title
2010 The Ghetto Blaster EP
  • Release date: August 10, 2010
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Format: CD/ Vinyl
Other appearances
Year Title
2009 NINJA 2009 Tour Sampler
Year Title
2009 "100 Little Curses"
2010 "Promenade"
"Paper Planes"


  1. ^ "Boots Riley (The Coup/Street Sweeper Social Club)". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Ernest Jasmin Street Sweepers to feature The Coup's Boots Riley, Audioslave’s Tom Morello Retrieved: 2009-07-09
  3. ^ Boots Riley MySpace blog Retrieved: 2009-07-09
  4. ^ a b Mike Greenhaus Stanton Moore to Release New Studio Album with Tom Morello and Boots Riley Retrieved: 2009-07-09
  5. ^ "Trent Reznor blog posting". Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  6. ^ Tom Morello Tom Morello explaining band name Retrieved: 2009-07-09
  7. ^ a b c Street Sweeper Social Scene bringing the heavy funk Retrieved: 2009-07-09
  8. ^ Nine Inch Nails - Tour Retrieved: 2009-07-09
  9. ^ Trent Reznor Official blogg Retrieved: 2009-07-08
  10. ^ a b c Poladian, Charles (2009-04-23). "Street Sweeper Social Club readies Street Sweeper Social Club". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  11. ^ a b Lindsay, Andrew (2009-04-14). "Carl Restivo joins Tom Morello's Street Sweeper Social Club". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Broadcast Yourself". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  13. ^ Check, Sound (2010-08-09). "Boots Riley Talks Politics, Music, and Gives Obama an "F"". Afro-Punk. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 

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