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Mr. Epp and the Calculations

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Bellevue, Seattle WA, United States

Comedic rock combo of teenage Devo fans named after a math teacher at a Christian High School in Bellevue, WA. The group gained posthumous notoriety in the 1990’s as fans learned that the disbanded teen group had contained future Green River/Mudhoney members Mark Arm and Steve Turner, as well as Steelpole Bathtub drummer Darren Mor-X ( Morey) . In a letter to a Seattle zine, Desperate, Mark Arm described his band as “Pure ! Pure noise! Pure shit!”, thus was born and ready to be exploited.

Together for roughly 3 years, and aside from some compilation appearances, a 1982 7” EP and shows at Seattle clubs opening for bands like Nina Hagen and The Dead Kennedys, they stayed relatively obscure during their mid 80’s run. One bright spot was KROQ’s Rodney Bingenheimer hyped “Mohawk Man” a lot on his LA based Rodney on the Roq show where it actually made it to #1, beating out Toni Basil’s “Mickey”.

Other less well known members over the band’s run included classmates Smitty, Dirk Kahler, Todd Morey and Dan Blossom.

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  • Wondermoose

    Not the first grunge band. That honor would go to the Scientists.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • IDontBelieveNBK

    'I got a wah-wah and nothing to do, I got a wah-wah and I don't need you'

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Hallicrafters

    Man I need to get my hands on these songs, the live on youtube is reallyy noisy and awesome in its own weirdo way

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Consumeria

    so fucking underrated

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • molesteban

    uhhhh this rules

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • st9ler

    what... wait, what is this?

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • GrungeIndiani

    First live show in 1978!! :D:D:D (singing Marvin Gaye's "Got to give it up" on a donut crazed Junior Bible teacher's desk, using rolled up maps as guitars...)

    24 Feb 2010 Reply
  • daydreamer__

    spoooooooky:D

    8 Aug 2009 Reply

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