Monster Magnet Biography
Monster Magnet is an American stoner rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain (guitar) and Tim Cronin (vocals and drums). The band first went by the names “Dog of Mystery”, “Airport 75”, “Triple Bad Acid” and “King Fuzz” before finally settling on “Monster Magnet”, taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.
In 1989, Monster Magnet released two demo cassettes: Forget About Life, I’m High on Dope and I’m Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?. The band’s first “official” release was a single “Lizard Johnny/Freakshop USA” on Long Island-based Circuit Records. The first demo and single was recorded as a three piece (McBain, guitar, Wyndorf, guitar and vocals, Cronin, drums and vocals). Before the second demo Jon Kleiman and Joe Calandra joined on drums and bass respectively. Thus the line up was composed of Mcbain on guitar, Wyndorf on guitar and vocals, Cronin on vocals, Kleiman on drums and Calandra on bass. An EP followed self-titled EP from Glitterhouse Records of Germany. The EP contained the songs “Snake Dance” and “Nod Scene”, (both of which would appear again on Spine of God), and “Tractor”, (which would be re-recorded later for Powertrip).
Monster Magnet’s style is heavily influenced by 1970s space rock such as Hawkwind, and proto-metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Captain Beyond and Sir Lord Baltimore. In addition to recording covers such as Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void” (Master of Reality, 1971) and Hawkwind’s “Brainstorm” (Doremi Fasol Latido, 1972), Wyndorf sometimes incorporated elements of space rock staples into his own songs. For instance, the Dopes to Infinity title track borrows some of its lyrics from “Lord of Light” (ibid.), and Superjudge’s “Twin Earth” is a reinterpretation of Captain Beyond’s “Mesmerization Eclipse” (Captain Beyond, 1972). The main guitar riff to the track Dopes To Infinity is lifted from The Sir Lord Baltimore song “Woman Tamer” (Sir Lord Baltimore,1971). The Band has cited also british Band Depeche Mode as influence on their music. They have also covered Black Celebration for a Depeche Mode tribute Album.
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