Saturday August 19
Live at the Bit & Spur
with Special Guest DJ Lex
Cracker is an American alternative rock band led by singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman. Cracker is best known for its gold-selling 1993 album, Kerosene Hat, which includes the hit songs “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl.”
In the mid-80s, David Lowery formed Camper Van Beethoven (CVB), and their “Take the Skinheads Bowling” became an instant college radio staple. “CVB mixed elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, alternative country, and world music. The band initially polarized audiences within California’s hardcore punk scene before finding wider acceptance and, eventually, an international audience.” When CVB disbanded while on tour in Sweden, Lowery turned to his longtime friend, Hickman, whom he met at the local music scene as teenagers in Redlands, CA.
Together Lowery & Hickman formed Cracker (1991), which had an emergent sound had less in common with CVB’s exotic excursions and was more in sync with bands such as the Kinks and Southern Roots. They released their self-titled debut album, along with the soon-to-be #1 Modern Rock hit “Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now),” the band became a minor commercial sensation, complete with then-significant MTV exposure.
It was their sophmore album Kerosene Hat that went platinum, containing era-defining hits singles such as “Low,” “Get Off This,” as well as “Eurotrash Girl.” When the dust settled, Cracker found themselves with an ever-growing, devoted following both in the U.S. (where fans refer to themselves as Crumbs) and throughout Europe. Today the band stays well connected to yet another generation of fans via internet, many of whom were kids when these alt-rock godfathers were first ruling rock radio.
Music starts at 10PM • $20 At The Door • 21 and over with ID
Pictured above: “Cracker”