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Supersystem was a band from Washington, D.C. described as a mix of rock, punk, pop and dance music. The group formed in 1997 originally as El Guapo but the group changed their name because of potential legal issues, a new drummer, and general dislike of the original name. El Guapo consisted of keyboardist Pete Cafarella, guitarist Rafael Cohen, bassist Justin Destroyer (Justin Moyer), and drummer Nate Smith; Smith left the band before they signed to Dischord. Supersystem consisted of Cafarella, Cohen, Moyer, and drummer Joshua Blair.

The group disbanded in November 2006. Moyer now plays guitar and sings in the band Antelope, and also records and tours under the name Edie Sedgwick; Blair drums in Orthrelm; Cafarella and Smith play in the duo Shy Child; and Cohen is an indie DJ.


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  • Bronesby


    20 Feb 7:02am Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    I love El Guapo -- Fake French is one of my favorite albums ever -- but I've never heard this band. I will get on that........................................ now.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • phairphan

    Caught one of their last shows (perhaps their very last) in New Haven. Part of the band was missing and it was clear something was wrong. Sad they broke up right after releasing such a solid album. Hope they get back together someday.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • madsic

    Ha when you sell your web site to the 'poker supersystem book' you just know your legacy is gonna live forever!

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • cmaccedo

    Supersystem - Revolution Summer

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • csyshprd

    Uh, no, Rafael Cohen is not in Shy Child. Last I heard he was playing guitar with Harris Klahr in a band called gold drum, but that was a while ago, and I've never heard anything since. Anybody know anything about that?

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • wappytea

    Yeah El Guapo, Supersystem, Shy Child.

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • rytram

    Yes, both of them were in El Guapo, or so I think.

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • placebo_molko

    is that the guy from shy child?

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • csyshprd

    Does anybody know what Rafael is up to? He is one of my favorite guitarists ever...

    25 Mar 2008 Reply
  • theonlytemm

    they broke up 4 (or 5...) days before a show. The Rome show. I live in Rome. Damn.

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
  • a_dayum

    caught their show before it was over, thank god

    24 Feb 2008 Reply
  • rytram

    supersystem was one of my favorite bands to see live. :[

    27 Mar 2007 Reply
  • ohmygoodness

    oh my goodness! they broke up! i ju bought their LP a couple days ago! no wonder it was 50 percent off. haha

    3 Jan 2007 Reply
  • doky

    when did they broke up???

    16 Dec 2006 Reply
  • globalsunset


    16 Dec 2006 Reply
  • epagett

    Yep, sad but true :( I'm so gutted I don't get to see them at Madame Jojo's now

    8 Dec 2006 Reply
  • wappytea

    I heard that too. That sucks. Their site has a statement:

    6 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Akh_Sentenza

    I just heard a rumor that they broke up?? anybody know anything about this ???

    4 Dec 2006 Reply
  • wappytea

    i'm loving this band.

    1 Dec 2006 Reply
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