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From his early days in the Pacific Northwest punk outfit Snakepit, his longtime collaborations with Mark Lanegan, his stint in Dinosaur Jr., to his most recent outing with Caustic Resin, Mike Johnson has cemented himself as venerable player in the field of rock music.

Mike Johnson was born in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1965. After taking the ubiquitous “student loan to University” way out of small-town hell, he joined the Eugene band Snakepit in 1984. Two self-released cassettes, two 45s, and countless shows later the college rockers threw in the decidedly stinky towel in 1989.

In 1990, Johnson moved to Seattle at the behest of Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan to begin work on Lanegan’s second solo album. Johnson had commuted between Eugene and Seattle the previous year to co-produce, co-write, and play guitar on The Winding Sheet, Lanegan’s maiden solo effort. This effort would prove fruitful to the duo, as it launched a long, multi album collaboration between the two that would last over a decade. In addition to Winding… He would collaborate with Lanegan on Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, Scraps at Midnight, I’ll Take Care of You, and Field Songs, as well as guesting on Here Comes That Weird Chill.

From 1991 to 1998, Mike played bass for Dinosaur Jr. He played with the band for three long players - Where You Been, Without a Sound, and Hand it Over, in addition to a slew of singles and compilations that would have the band’s name.


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  • kingspade71

    Is mike johnson his real name?? Did he attend school in grants pass ??

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • danziilla

    the greatest...

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • shallowdaydream

    There is ONLY one Mike we all love. The gloomy one!! buy his awesome records here:

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Rikishi65

    Where am I? Mike's pure melancholy music touches your soul.

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Rumpy5897

    The definition of a grower. You don't even realize when the music wraps its tentacles around you and pulls you under. Beautiful music. Some of the saddest stuff ever penned.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MikeJohnson-2

    In regards to the two "Mike Johnson's" Last-FM states that they are working on a system that will distinguish same-name artists and their music. Mike Johnson, Black Yodel No.1 was born in 1946 and has been performing since the mid-1960s. He recorded in Nashville from 1981 to 1989. 2 45rpms, 8 cassettes, 40 CDs, and 1200 songs later, he still has some ground to cover. See the [2nd] biography for Mike Johnson-2 on this page. ... Joe Arnold, Roughshod Records

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • OccultusMaximus

    Apparently there are two Mike Johnsons, one is the dark & gloomy guy we know and love, the other is a yodelling upbeat country singer. It's truly disturbing to hear the latter when you're looking for the former. How do we fix this?

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • shallowdaydream

    Sadly, one of the most massively underrated artist:-(((

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • petrogoon

    He is better than Lanegan!

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • badoom_bum

    kinda handsome

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Hammerhead3229

    Can't get enough of 'em. Great to move on to after some Lanegan.

    23 Apr 2007 Reply

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