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Gainesville, Florida, United States (1993 – 1995)

For Squirrels was an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, United States, formed in 1993. The band’s original lineup consisted of vocalist Jack Vigliatura IV, guitarist Travis Tooke, drummer Jay Russell and bassist Bill White. Explaining the band’s name, Vigliatura once stated: “We always said we’d play music for squirrels”. In early 1994, they released their first full album, Baypath Road, followed by the plymouth EP. Eventually, For Squirrels signed with Sony/550 Music, replacing Russell with new drummer Jack Griego and releasing Example on October 3, 1995.

On September 8, 1995, while returning from playing the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, the band was involved in the auto accident that killed Vigliatura, White, and Bender. Griego and Tooke suffered multiple injuries but survived the crash.
The album was released as planned. The single “Mighty K.C.”, about the death of Kurt Cobain, was a minor hit and continued to drive album sales.

A few months after the accident, Tooke and Griego regrouped with school friend Andy Lord on bass and Tooke taking over on vocals. In February 1996, the new lineup began by playing a few low-key shows centered around classic For Squirrels songs and a selection of covers under the pseudonym Revlover. Eventually, they resurrected the For Squirrels moniker and began writing and performing new material, favoring a heavier grunge sound. By late 1996, the trio was playing under the name SubRosa.

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  • maddux808

    absolutely one of the best alternative albums of the 90s. no question.

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • gavinintexas

    Realmente esta es una gran banda..que pena que solo haya sacado un solo disco...

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • Dorsett_Case

    aaahhh the 90's....

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • collapsiblecup

    Also, the fact that their big hit is Mighty K.C., about a rock star passing, and that the photos I mentioned below feature their back turned... I guess they were put in as tribute. Beautiful.

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • collapsiblecup

    Years before instant access to information was at my fingertips, I remember hearing and loving Mighty K.C. and 8:02 PM, taping them off the radio, and eventually buying the album from Columbia House (Geez, how many things in that sentence are obsolete?). I never knew about the accident and spent years wondering why they had not done anything new. Well, I found out about 5 years back and it really knocked me down. I listened to Disenchanted for days, and stared at the close-up pictures of (I assume) Vigliatura on the cd and White on the inside photo of the insert. Haunting and tragic. I couldn't believe I didn't even know... Example is a really great piece of 90s pop/rock... I really want to get their earlier and post-Squirrels stuff now.

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • AloneInTheSky

    awesome band!. "Long Live the King" FTW!!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • krumbledkookie

    Mighty KC still gives me chills.

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • morningdial

    Honest music. GX for ever.

    20 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Infamous_Bread

    Good times. :)

    24 May 2007 Reply
  • lungpow

    Legendary.

    1 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Obfuscate

    Shame.

    24 Jan 2007 Reply

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