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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 keyboardistandproducerWilliam LaTour along with Chicago born vocalist Joey Spatafora, and were recording and touring with withoriginalmembersBolander 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 Hot100chart,and the Billboard Dance charts. American Top 40 host Casey Kasem would give mention to The Squids asLatourslaunchingpad and would refer to The Squid ...read more

Iconic punk rock band from the 90's era, The Squids formed in Chicago in 1989 in the basement of keyboardistandproducerWilliam LaTour along with Chicago born vocalist Joey Spatafora, and were recording and touring with withoriginalmembersBolander 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 Hot100chart,and the Billboard Dance charts. American Top 40 host Casey Kasem would give mention to The Squids asLatourslaunchingpad and would refer to The Squids as "a very influential and popular punk band from Chicago", whileannouncingLatour'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 early90'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 recordingofthesong "Unstable Girls" from the 1995 E.P. 7-inch titled "RUSH 2112". It wasn't until 2008 when Katy Perry releasedhersingleHot 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 SquidsCollection"onHot Dog Water records. The Squids continue to remain active with their music video release of "Get Off My Cloud" which debuted on YouTubeandFunnyor 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 searchesforaspecial Christmas gift for his friend "The Goat Man" played by David Duchovny. In a scene at Smash RecordsinWashingtonDC. he finds the gift and it's The Squids cd. In the original script Graham Phillips line is something like "Ohwow,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 themoviegives it to TheGoat man. The Squids "Get Off My Cloud' music video reached #1 in the comedy/music category on the Emmy AwardWinningcomedywebsite "Funny Or Die", and "Cloud" is the highest rated music video ever on the site which was founded by WillFerrellandAdam 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 andrecordedin Germanby Falco in 1981, and was first released in Austria. « hide

Similar Bands: LaTour, The Dead Milkmen, Ramones, Matt Hates the Box, Billy Squier

EPs
Rush 2112
1995

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

4.1
4 Votes

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