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Lifter Puller

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Boston and the Twin Cities (1994 – 2000, 2002 – 2003)

Lifter Puller, or simply LFTR PLLR was an indie rock band from Boston and the Twin Cities area between 1994 and 2000. Their music is considered rather innovative, with its angular riffs and a synth-infused sound that predated the 80’s revival fads of the early 2000’s. Arguably, however, the band is most known for frontman Craig Finn’s elaborate lyrics, which often relied upon a well established universe of drug-addled coeds, cash-strapped nightclub proprietors, murdered ravers and their adventures in a highly fictionalized and decadent version of Minneapolis.

The band released three LPs and an EP before breaking up in the summer of 2000. In 2002, the compilation Soft Rock was released, featuring nearly every song in the Lifter Puller catalogue, excluding their final album, Fiestas and Fiascos, and the songs “Prescription Sunglasses”, “Emperor”, “Slips Backwards” and “Bitchy Christmas”. The band played reunions in 2002, and again in 2003.

As of 2013, all Lifter Puller records are out of print. In 2009, Lifter Puller, The Entertainment and Arts, Half Dead and Dynamite and a collection of unreleased material, Slips Backwards were released in digital format.

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  • Wykfo

    just heard "math is money" on a compilation album, definitely gonna check this band out. vocals reminded me of sun city girls

    5 Feb 1:19pm Reply
  • Debaser987

    A soundtrack to capture both your wild night and Sunday morning hangover.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • badname1986

    I think, all things considered, The Hold Steady is probably a better band, but Lifter Puller is much cooler. I'm not sure which carries more weight.

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • nightclubjitter

    my latest listening to LFTR PLLR is fucking epiphanic.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BaronZero

    Holy fuck, I am super jealous @badname1986

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • badname1986

    Craig played Mission Viejo in Chicago last night solo. Funny that I quoted it in my last shout here.

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • oskawr

    <3

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • notquitetony

    I WANT NIGHTCLUB DWIGHT DEAD IN HIS GRAVE I WANT THE NICE NICE UP IN BLAZES

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • badname1986

    When classes start I'll quit, I've got until September 6th/When classes start I'll quit this, this is just some summer slippage

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • supressinginfo

    blue lips from slipping the tounge too much.

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Debaser987

    How the fuck did I love the Hold Steady this long and never once check these guys out until now? Better late than never...

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Glossolalia13

    Does anyone have the track "Bitchy Christmas" that is willing to up load it for me? <3

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • pianistman1337

    let's be honest. this band will dominate your soul and take no prisoners. they rape and pilage and take no crap. i love them dearly.

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Boosh1988

    TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE GOT, AND THEN COMPARE IT WHAT I'VE GOT

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • CalMBP

    Best ever <3

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mattgee725

    INCREDIBLY underrated. why don't more people listen to this band

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • DannabisAx

    this is a joke i believe: http://www.whattothinkweekly.com/2010/05/craig-finn-obituary/

    5 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Richard130

    yeah god bless the radio, all that fine fine music without all the messed up musicians

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • NapoMarx

    Uploaded Craig Finn's rare collaborative project with DJ Mr. Projectile to YouTube you can find them by doing a simple search for "The Brokerdealer Craig Finn" - www.YouTube.com/Nap712

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • nicks26220

    more addictive than the things they sing about. Hooked

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
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