Best known for the hit single "Low" from their platinum-selling album Kerosene Hat, Cracker emerged from the remains of Camper van Beethoven in the mid-'90s. Founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman continue to showcase the twin engines of their unique sound -- the honky-tonk earthiness of Bakersfield country combined with the teen angst of jangly alt-rock. Cracker's sound is more countrified than contemporaries Everclear and Soul Asylum, and in recent years they have worked more roots and country-based songs into their live sets.
During a hiatus in the '90s for alt-rockers Camper van Beethoven, David Lowery joined forces with bassist Davey Faragher and guitarist Johnny Hickman to work on some demo material in Richmond, Va. They called the burgeoning band Cracker, soon landed a Virgin Records deal, and began to procure the services of a trio of alternating drummers including Phil Jones, Rick Jaeger and Jim Keltner.
What began as a temporary project during his main band's downtime became a central focus for Lowery. Cracker issued their self-titled debut album in 1992. Its guitar-driven alt- rock and roots-based vocals made an immediate impact as the hit "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)" hit the top of the modern rock charts.
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Kerosene Hat, released in 1993, established the band as indie rock stars. The song "Low" performed well on the pop charts in the U.S. and U.K. The accompanying video became a high-rotation favorite on MTV, getting more plays than Jodeci or Bruce Springsteen. The studio released "Get Off This" as the second single, timed to take advantage of the eventual drop-off in popularity of "Low." But "Low" remained in demand for much longer than expected, and is now heard regularly at sporting events and featured in movie soundtracks. The album quickly sold half a million copies, and a short time later achieved platinum status.
After adding keyboard player Kenny Margolis and drummer Frank Funaro, Cracker issued the album Gentlemen's Blues. By this time, the band had garnered a loyal fan base on both sides of the Atlantic who call themselves "Crumbs."
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