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Challenge of the Future were an aggressive art-rock band from New York City. Their five members originally met while attending Bard College in the early 90s. Discovering a shared love of bands such as The Fall, Can, Spacemen 3, and The Birthday Party, they formed a group in 1993, and began performing at art openings and after-hours parties around campus. Originally calling themselves Boba Fett, their raucous, experimental live shows quickly elevated them to hero status within their school. After several limited-edition releases and bootlegs of their live shows began circulating, they began performing around the northeast, earning a devoted cult following.

The band transplanted to NYC in 1996, changing their name to Challenge of the Future, for fear that they would some day be sued by George Lucas. With one foot in Manhattan's nightclubs, and one foot in Brooklyn's underground venues, the band quickly established themselves, and helped build the growing scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The band released their album "Everyone Everyone Everyone" on Dieyetribe Records in 1999, and embarked on "The Tour of Northern Aggression" with fellow NYC band Flux Information Sciences.

Challenge of the Future disbanded in 2001, leaving Nick Zinner to focus on his then side project the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Aaron Diskin joined the punk-klezmer band Golem, and formed the synth-punk band Lycaon Pictus with Cotf drummer Simon Marcus and Dieyetribe Records owner (and CotF sound engineer) John Morton.

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