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- Sun doesn"t Rise
- Me, Myself, and I
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* Waylon Reavis – Vocals (2004-present)
* "Jeffrey Nothing" (Jeffrey Hatrix) – Vocals (1993–present)
* "Skinny" (Steve Felton) – Drums (1993–present)
* "Gravy" (Dave Felton) – Guitar (1999–present)
* "Pig Benis" (Jack Kilcoyne) – Bass (1995-present)
* "Shmotz" (Tom Schmitz) - Keyboard (1993–present)
* "St1tch" (Rick Thomas) – Electronics/ Turntables (2001–present)
* "Dinner" – (Richie Moore) Lead guitar (1993–199
* "DJ Virus" – (Joe Lenkey) Turntables (1993–1995)
* "J.J. Righteous" – (John Sekula) (Rhythm guitar 1993–2001, was sole guitarist from 1998–1999)
* "Mr. Murdernickel" – (Joe Kilcoyne) Bass (1993–1995)
* "Roxy" – (Jessica Haney) Dancer/electronics (1993–1997, 1999–2000)
* "J Mann" – (Jason Popson) Vocals (1993–2004)
* "Bronson" - (Marko Vukcevich) Dancing/samples (1993–2000, Rhythm Guitar 2000–2006)
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In 1993, Mushroomhead was established as a side project. Its line-up comprised members from several bands from Cleveland, Ohio. To differentiate itself from members’ existing bands and to dispel any misconceptions about the group’s sound and musical content, Mushroomhead adopted costumes, masks and pseudonyms.
Mushroomhead played its first show in 1993. Days later, the octet found itself on stage alongside established metal band GWAR. “We played our first show on a Saturday,” said the band’s drummer, Skinny, in an article for Mushroomhead’s official website. “Three days later, we got a call to play with GWAR at the Cleveland Agora in front of 2000 people – our second show ever!”.
In 1995, Mushroomhead released its self-financed debut album with Filthy Hands Co., “Mushroomhead”. For the members, Mushroomhead became a priority with their original bands breaking-up. The band’s line-up saw many changes throughout the 1990s, stayed active, steadily releasing music and gaining new fans.
The late 1990s held controversial myths and legends for Mushroomhead. Record labels began to take notice of Mushroomhead and expressed interest in the Ohio outfit, most notably Roadrunner Records. In 1998, the band came close to signing with Roadrunner Records, however, due to the two parties’ inability to reach a mutual agreement, pen never touched paper. One year later, a nine-piece metal band from Des Moines, Iowa – Slipknot – debuted on Roadrunner Records with its 1999 album “Slipknot”. Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor has stated that Slipknot had never heard of Mushroomhead until they were recording their debut album in 1998.1 After Roadrunner's acquisition, controversial similarities could be seen. (see Rivalry with Slipknot for more information)
The 1999 signing of Slipknot to Roadrunner Records led to changes within Mushroomhead. The band felt their image had been stolen for financial gain and subsequently “killed” their individual characters. Their once colorful costumes, camouflage and rubber masks, were replaced by a black uniform. Later, cartoon style X marks over each eye were added to further illustrate the death of the group’s image. This X mask design later lead to the “X Face” logo which today is recognised as the band’s iconic symbol. These changes were also reflected on the band’s 1999 release “M3”.
In 2001, Mushroomhead released a compilation album titled “XX” on the independent label Eclipse Records. Later in the year, the band signed with major label Universal Records and the compilation was remastered and re-released internationally. The release of this album lead Mushroomhead to major tours, national and international including Ozzfest 2002 as well as television exposure via its first music video “Solitaire/Unraveling”. XX sold 300,000 copies.
2003 saw the release of XIII, their first album of entirely new material for Universal Records. The album produced the single "Sun Doesn't Rise" which was featured on MTV:Headbangers ball soundtrack and Freddy Vs Jason. Also featuring the hidden track "Crazy" a cover song originally by Seal. The album debuted at No. 40 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and sold 400,000 copies worldwide.
After an extensive world tour, singer J Mann (aka Jason Popson) announced that he had left the band in August 2004 due to exhaustion and personal reasons. A major reason for his departure was the fact that his father was sick and he wanted to be there for him.
In August of 2005, Mushroomhead self-released its first DVD on its own Filthy Hands label – “Volume 1”. Produced, directed, shot and edited by the band, “Volume 1” covers the band’s rise in the 2000s with live performances, music videos and behind the scenes footage. Waylon, however, is not featur
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Mushroomhead is a band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993, the band’s music can be described as a synthesis of alternative, heavy metal, and industrial influences. The members of Mushroomhead have identified themselves by each adopting masks or facial disguises as well as individual pseudonyms. Mushroomhead is identified by its distinct “X Face” logo – commonly worn boldly on the masks of most members, as well as clothing and associated merchandise.
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