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PIllmagnet was a fun, sloppy, drunken, do it yourself mess of a band from Fort Lauderdale Florida who put out some great music despite themselves. Their influences varied from early Marine Girls and Raincoats records to screaming toungue in cheek punk rock. The bands name was a word they made up when speaking about the characters in their favorite book and film ‘Valley of the Dolls’ (required reading for all band members).

Playing their first show at Churchills Hideaway (Miami’s version of CBGB’s) as so many of South Florida’s super stars did ( The Eat, Charlie Pickett, Screamin’ Sneakers, Marilyn Manson, Harry Pussy, Jack Off Jill, Trash Monkeys to name a few) Pillmagnet started playing in spring 1996 and continued all around the south for the next 6 years.
Guitarist, painter and singer Libby Bentley, (a member of Fort Lauderdale’s unforgettable all girl band Morbid Opera) and Mike Szymanski,(bass), her long time friend and occasional room mate wanted to be in a band together, so in early 1996 Mike and Libby joined forces with the fledgling Justin McNeal (who played guitar based on a coin toss between him and Mike) and the far more seasoned Lauracet Simpson(drums, fresh off Jack Off Jill ‘s tour with Lords of Acid), and from day one they knew they had something special, writing 6 songs that night. Not only that, they had a blast together. From then on you rarely saw one band member out in the clubs at night without the other.

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  • Asktheangels88

    I LOVE MIKE! ps what's your username?

    14 Jan 10:41pm Reply
  • iwannagohigher

    I love Libby.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheBloodclotts

    "It doesn't take a magic 8 ball to see that you couldn't tell the truth if you had a gun to your head" my favoirite line from "What Am I" and from So What? "There's plenty of fish in the sea....but the sea stinks"...I can relate to that one. Every boyfriend I ever had came from that stinky sea

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheBloodclotts

    I wish they would play more often on here. Cool band.

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TheBloodclotts

    Way cool song. Valley of the Dolls lives on

    10 Nov 2011 Reply