The Folk Implosion

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The Folk Implosion
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresIndie rock, lo-fi, alternative rock, trip hop
Years active1993–2004
LabelsChocolate Monk, Communion Label, Interscope, Domino
Past membersLou Barlow
John Davis
Russ Pollard
Imaad Wasif

The Folk Implosion were an American band founded in the early 1990s by Lou Barlow and John Davis. It was initially a side-project started by Barlow to explore different territory than that being canvassed with his primary band at the time, Sebadoh. The name is a play on the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The band has not been active since 2004.


The band's status was relatively obscure before Larry Clark's film Kids, and its soundtrack, most of which contained original compositions by Barlow and Davis. "Natural One", one of the songs from the soundtrack, became a hit single. It peaked at no. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, no. 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts and no. 20 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.[1] The track peaked at no. 45 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] Though the band attempted to duplicate the success of that song, their subsequent albums and singles were not as successful. In 1995, the band contributed the song "Indierockinstrumental" to Red Hot + Bothered, a benefit album for people with AIDS, produced by the Red Hot Organization.[3]

In 1996, the band covered the song "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock! for the tribute album Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks as "Deluxx Folk Implosion".

After Davis left the band in 2000, Barlow recruited Russ Pollard and Imaad Wasif from the band Alaska! to record The New Folk Implosion. In 2002, the band appeared as the backing musicians for the main character played by Alessandro Nivola in the film Laurel Canyon.



Singles and EPs[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic Artist Chart History
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 207. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ DiGravina, Tim, Missing or empty |title= (help)

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