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L-R: Josh Blum, Marc Hutner and Dusty Watson
L-R: Josh Blum, Marc Hutner and Dusty Watson
Background information
OriginCalifornia, United States
GenresAlternative rock, grunge
Years active
  • 1990-1997
  • 2021-present
MembersMarc Hutner
Josh Blum
Joey Castillo
Past membersTimothy Michael Gruse
Dusty Watson
Tommy Southard
Dave Kushner
Dave Fortman

Sugartooth is an alternative rock band that was formed in the early 1990s.

Timothy Michael Gruse (guitar), Josh Blum (bass), Dave Fortman (guitar) and Joey Castillo (drums) formed the group after meeting each other in the Southern California band circuit while playing in separate groups. After the departure of their original singer, Marc Hutner joined the band as the singer. But it wasn't until Dave Fortman left Sugartooth to join Ugly Kid Joe that Marc was able to play guitar in addition to singing.

The band's self-titled debut was released in 1994 on DGC Records. "Sold My Fortune", one of the singles from that record, gained popularity after appearing on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head.[1] The group regularly opened shows for Slayer, Supersuckers, Stone Temple Pilots, and Soundgarden. During one of the tours, Timothy Gruse left the band and Dave Kushner was hired to finish the tour. As the band was starting to work on their second album, The Sounds of Solid, Joey Castillo left to join Danzig.

The Sounds of Solid was produced by The Dust Brothers.[2][3][4] During recording, Sugartooth contributed music to a song called "Tortured Man" for the soundtrack to the film Private Parts. This song would later feature vocals by Howard Stern (see Private Parts: The Album). Released in 1996, The Sound of Solid was a significant departure in style from their debut record, and was not well received by critics.[5] After the commercial failure the album, the band split up.

In late 2021, official social media accounts were created for the band, where it was announced that original members Hutner, Blum, and Castillo were working on, and about to record, new music.[6] In March 2022, the band confirmed that a new album was in the works, due out later in the year.[7]




  1. ^ Beavis and Butt-Head - Do 'Sugartooth - Sold My Fortune', retrieved August 5, 2022 - on Youtube
  2. ^ "Sugartooth's Sweet (and Sampled) Sound of Success", The State, July 11, 1997, p. 3 (Weekend section)
  3. ^ "Sugartooth Hopes for Sweet Success", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 4, 1997
  4. ^ "Sugartooth's Sweet Success", Daily News of Los Angeles, May 30, 1997
  5. ^ Scribner, Sara (1997) "Sugartooth, 'The Sounds of Solid'", Los Angeles Times, August 3, 1997, p. 64 (Calendar section)
  6. ^ "Sugartooth Volume 3 2022". Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  7. ^ "Working away on the new Sugartooth record". Retrieved March 27, 2022.