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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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  • hierojoa

    We celebrate all that's over...

    15 Oct 11:13am Reply
  • Solemnmind

    *Stalking the last.fm profiles of everyone who's scrobbled TFUL282 a lot to get recommendations*

    8 Sep 9:21pm Reply
  • EJSrocket

    Of all the bands that ever played music, this sure was one of them.

    8 Sep 3:16pm Reply
  • brandon_dunlap_

    This is the kind of music I wish I made

    7 Sep 8:33pm Reply
  • hazenkamp

    underrated

    19 Aug 3:47pm Reply
  • EJSrocket

    Stopping by to say this is one of the best bands ever

    12 Aug 3:06pm Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Взрослые мужики, и такой хуйнёй занимаются.

    30 Jul 11:16am Reply
  • 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
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