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The Squids

Iconic punk rock band from the 90's era, The Squids formed in Chicago in 1989 in the basement of keyboardist andproducerWilliam LaTour along with Chicago born vocalist Joey Spatafora, and were recording and touring with with originalmembersBolander Davis (guitar), Judy Johnson (bass), and Jimmy Vass (drums) through 2005.

LaTour launched a crossover solo career for himself in the dance music genre, and he charted on the Billboard Hot 100chart,and the Billboard Dance charts. American Top 40 host Casey Kasem would give mention to The Squids as Latourslaunchingpad and would refe ...read more

Iconic punk rock band from the 90's era, The Squids formed in Chicago in 1989 in the basement of keyboardist andproducerWilliam LaTour along with Chicago born vocalist Joey Spatafora, and were recording and touring with with originalmembersBolander Davis (guitar), Judy Johnson (bass), and Jimmy Vass (drums) through 2005.

LaTour launched a crossover solo career for himself in the dance music genre, and he charted on the Billboard Hot 100chart,and the Billboard Dance charts. American Top 40 host Casey Kasem would give mention to The Squids as Latourslaunchingpad and would refer to The Squids as "a very influential and popular punk band from Chicago", while announcingLatour's hitrecording "People Are Still Having Sex" which climbed to number 35 on the American Top 40 in 1991. Americanradiobroadcaster Dr. Demento would play The Squids single "Every Time She Calls" during this period in the early 90's onhisWestwood One Radio Network nationally syndicated radio broadcast which would feature popular novelty songs.

In 1995 The Squids recorded the very first rock/pop/punk single using the then taboo lyric "bi-polar" in their recording ofthesong "Unstable Girls" from the 1995 E.P. 7-inch titled "RUSH 2112". It wasn't until 2008 when Katy Perry released hersingleHot N Cold that the lyric "bi-polar" was again used on a recorded rock single.

The Squids released a greatest hits compilation on compact disc in 2000 called "4 Floors Of Whores - The Squids Collection"onHot Dog Water records.

The Squids continue to remain active with their music video release of "Get Off My Cloud" which debuted on YouTube andFunnyor Die in 2013, and features Joey Spatafora in the first and only ever homage to the classicBillySquier music video "Rock Me Tonight" from 1986.

In the original screenplay of Goats (2012) written by Mark Poirier, the lead character played by Graham Phillips searches foraspecial Christmas gift for his friend "The Goat Man" played by David Duchovny. In a scene at Smash Records inWashingtonDC. he finds the gift and it's The Squids cd. In the original script Graham Phillips line is something like "Oh wow,The Squids 4Floors Of Whores cd, I can't find it anywhere on the internet." He holds it up and buys it and later in the moviegives it to TheGoat man.

The Squids "Get Off My Cloud' music video reached #1 in the comedy/music category on the Emmy Award Winningcomedywebsite "Funny Or Die", and "Cloud" is the highest rated music video ever on the site which was founded by Will FerrellandAdam McKay in 2007.

The Squids, Laura Branigan, and Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons all had hits with the American dance song "DerKommissar"which was re-written in English and recorded by After The Fire in 1982, and was actually first written and recordedin Germanby Falco in 1981, and was first released in Austria.

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Similar Bands: LaTour, Dead Milkmen, Ramones, The Shaggs, Billy Squier

EPs
Rush 2112
1995

4.3
3 Votes
Compilations
4 Floors of Whores: The Squids Collection
2000

4.2
3 Votes

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