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Thinking Fellers Union Local 282

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San Francisco, United States (1986 – present)

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 is an experimental indie rock group formed in 1986 San Francisco, California, though half of its members are from Iowa. Their albums combine lo-fi noise rock and ambient sounds (referred to as “Feller filler”) with tightly constructed rock and pop songs. The band has a small but intensely loyal cult following. Band members are Brian Hageman, Mark Davies, Anne Eickelberg, Hugh Swarts and Jay Paget. Hageman was also a member of the Iowa City based group, Horny Genius.

The band achieved their greatest critical and commercial success in the mid-nineties when they signed with the influential indie rock label Matador Records. It was during this time that Thinking Fellers produced their most prominent albums, Lovelyville, and the critically lauded college radio hit Strangers From the Universe. Despite its relatively poor production values, Mother of All Saints is considered by many fans the group’s masterpiece. In 1996 they toured briefly as an opening act for the then-popular band Live but were not received well by the Live fanbase. Thinking Fellers has been largely dormant since 1996. They have toured sporadically and released only one full album, Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles present Tubby Turdner’s Celebrity Avalanche, which received mixed reviews. They toured Holland, Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. in 1994 and made an appearance on the John Peel radio show on the BBC.

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  • Angelight2012

    What is this i dont even

    7 Jun 4:05am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    They knew how to play their instruments.

    28 May 7:14pm Reply
  • EJSrocket

    CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED OH GOD

    20 May 3:43pm Reply
  • AndyTithesis

    Super Neato and what nots.

    16 May 12:19am Reply
  • AnimeCollection

    come to brazil

    13 May 3:17am Reply
  • RicRib

    i want all their work available on spotify god dammit!

    30 Apr 1:10pm Reply
  • melez102

    tfw they'll never get their shit reissued that would get all publications to blast them with mad props they deserve. too unhip even for the p4k audience

    23 Apr 4:03pm Reply
  • CadenMoran

    TFUITAOTSL282 fuck hyou this band is #1ONE i smoke big WEED to this shit inn the ass #pop make way for CADEN MORAN

    3 Apr 12:38am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I'm getting really addicted to this.. Strangers from the Universe and Admonishing the Bishop are so perfect.

    1 Apr 7:27pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Still the most underrated (in terms of overall greatness to number of listeners ratio) band that I know. Mother of All Saints-- utter masterpiece-- only 2,323 listeners. I hate the world.

    16 Feb 6:29am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Hey these lot remind me of Faust...just as silly and creative

    6 Feb 11:46pm Reply
  • FukitGuggenheim

    who tagged them 'no wave' ? ! fo

    3 Jan 6:12pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    I think they're only really similar as far as levels of popularity/obscurity go. Musically, they're pretty insanely different.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    I see your point, as TFUL are more of a "rock band", whilst SCG... is not.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Groves89

    I agree with Ambience Ed, I've never understood why they always seem to be mentioned together. Also I've never been under the impression that TFUL would be considered too much of an "out there" kind of band except for maybe one album. They're a little off-kilter, sure. Some of SCG's stuff is unlistenable.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • The_Ambience_Ed

    I mean they are very different, SCG even not a "rock" by spirit, they came from the traditions of freak folk and maybe outsider music, playing music with this influences, while TFUL are weird too, but their "weirdness" is about absurdism and black humor, and musucally they are playing noise rock in way more traditional vein than SCG, that just use it's elements but de facto have almost nothing to do with. So TFUL can be compared with bands like Polvo or U.S. Maple, but not with SCG (for me).

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    TFUL282 is experimental. I don't really see how they're "pure noise rock". When I think "pure noise rock", I think of more punky bands like Big Black, Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid, etc. TFUL are pretty out there. When listening to an album like Mother of All Saints, with it's songs that are very short bursts of lo-fi noise/ ambience, I don't think you can call it "pure" anything. Also, even "pure" noise rock is preeetttyyyy out there. That being said, I can't pick between SCG and TFUL282 anymore. Both are so amazing.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • whalleywhat

    cor this is a bit good innit [2]

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • The_Ambience_Ed

    SCG are experimental music band with some noise rock elements, while TFUL282 are pure noise rock. It can't be compared.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    TFUL are more of a straight up rock band compared to SCG, though that's because Sun City Girls were never really a rock band, they always seemed to favour jazz and weird arabic dirges. Compared TFUL to any other band though and Thinking Fellers is Alien as fuck. No band does with guitars or string instruments in general what Thinking Fellers do, straight up.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
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