Math rock band from Chicago, IL, formed 1992. See also Big Black, Rapeman.
- Steve Albini -- Vocals, guitar
- Bob Weston -- Vocals, bass
- Todd Trainer -- Drums
||Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac
The Rude Gesture: A Pictorial History (1993, Touch & Go)
|A1||The Guy Who Invented Fire|
|B||Billiard Player Song|
Seven-inch. Bass parts are played by Camilo Gonzalez, original bassist for Chicago punk band Naked Raygun. Each seven-inch cover has been hand-assembled, stamped, and smeared with a gooey brown substance -- allegedly actual Shellac, but in reality, root beer syrup.
Uranus (1993, Touch & Go)
Seven-inch. Doris is the name of the mother of David Yow, singer for Chicago punk band The Jesus Lizard.
The Bird is the Most Popular Finger (1994, Drag City)
Seven-inch. "The Admiral" is a track from the subsequent album At Action Park. "XVI" is later titled "Pull the Cup" on the same album. Title refers to the Six Finger Satellite album The Pigeon is the Most Popular Bird (1993).
At Action Park (1994, Touch & Go)
|A1||My Black Ass|
|A2||Pull the Cup|
|A5||Song of the Minerals|
|B2||The Idea of the North|
|B3||Dog and Pony Show|
|B5||Il Porno Star|
Their first full-length album. "Boche's Dick" is a reference to Chicago promoter Boche Billions (David T. Viecelli). "The Admiral" is the name of a Chicago strip club.
Shellac Live in Tokyo (1994, NUX Organization)
|1||The Guy Who Invented Fire|
|4||My Black Ass|
|5||Song of the Minerals|
|6||Billiard Player Song|
|7||Dog & Pony Show|
|8||Il Porno Star|
Live album released only in Japan by NUX, record label of K.K. Null (guitarist for Japanese noise-rock band Zeni Geva). Recorded live on November 20, 1993.
Billiardspielerlied (1995, Self-released)
Free seven-inch released on August 24, 1995 at a festival in Bremen, Germany. The record notes are all in German, and in fact the band is listed as SHELLACK. "Billiardspielerlied" is a live version of "Billiard Player Song" recorded at Fallout Comedy Club, Chicago on July 2, 1995. "Mantel" ("coat") is a cut-up live track of the band asked an Amsterdam festival audience to help Bob Weston locate his girlfriend's stolen coat.
Sides 1-4 (1995, Skin Graft/Gasoline Boost)
|C||Angus Dei Aus Licht (Brise-Glace)|
|D||Sin City (U.S. Maple)|
Double split seven-inch release, an AC/DC tribute. Accompanies the comic book "Skin Graft Stupid War".
Soul Sound Single (1997, Touch & Go)
|A||The Rambler Song (Shellac)|
Split seven-inch with Mule. "The Rambler Song" is a slowed down, soul version of the song.
The Futurist (1997, Self-released)
Vinyl-only album of music composed for LA LA HUMAN STEPS, a Montreal dance company. The band pressed copies of this record and gave them out to their friends. The cover of the album lists 779 friends' names. Each friend who received a copy of this album had their name circled on the cover, ostensibly to track fan-trading. The music consists of ambient math rock soundscapes without vocals (or they might be mixed too low).
Terraform (1998, Touch & Go)
|A1||Didn't We Deserve a Look at You the Way You Really Are|
|A2||This is a Picture|
|B4||House Full of Garbage|
Futuristic cover art by Chesley Bonestell. The first track is 12 minutes long.
1000 Hurts (2000, Touch & Go)
|A1||Prayer to God|
|B1||Song Against Itself|
|B3||New Number Order|
The vinyl edition includes a copy of the album on CD. Todd sings on this one.
Agostino (2000, Self-released)
|B||The Safeword (Caesar)|
Split seven-inch with Dutch noise-rock band Caesar. 1250 copies included with the comic book Barbaraal, issue #4, "Sex, Drugs and Strips" by Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok. The title refers to Agostino Tilotta, guitarist for Uzeda.
Excellent Italian Greyhound (2007, Touch & Go)
|1||The End Of Radio|
|2||Steady As She Goes|
Album named for Todd's dog: "Uffizi is an Italian greyhound and 'excellent Italian greyhound' is a phrase I use to praise him. It caught on and we use it for everything, for instance if a hotel room is luxurious we may say, 'excellent Italian greyhound.'"
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