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Always clad in a fuzzy (and mildly psychotic-looking) rabbit mask and often wearing little else, Nobunny is a one-man pop-punk onslaught whose simple, infectiously hooky tunes and lusty outlook have earned comparisons to the Ramones, Hasil Adkins, and the Cramps, and whose untamed (and sometimes bottomless) stage shows have led some to call him a cuddly version of G.G. Allin. Nobunny is the alter ego of Justin Champlin, who was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, and relocated to San Francisco, CA. Champlin first made a name for himself as the drummer with garage punks the Okmoniks and later co-founded the Sneaky Pinks, a two-man punk-pop party machine. With Nobunny, Champlin streamlined the concept of the Sneaky Pinks by paring the consistent lineup down to just one person (or one mutant; as part of the Nobunny myth, Champlin claims to be the product of a liaison between a woman and a jackalope). Sometimes working solo and sometimes backed by a constantly shifting group of musicians, Champlin has been performing as Nobunny since 2001, though it wasn't until 2008 that he made his recorded debut with the album Love Visions. Primarily recorded at home with Champlin handling most of the instruments, Love Visions was released by the tiny Bubbledum Records label; it earned enthusiastic reviews in the underground music press and was reissued in 2009 by the somewhat larger 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. In 2009, Nobunny put out a single through Horizontal Action Records, "Give It to Me" b/w "Motorhead with Me," and a cassette-only album, Raw Romance, on Burger Records. Nobunny also kept up a busy touring schedule in the wake of Love Visions, telling reporter Eric Allen, "The road is good, because at least I know where my next meal is coming from. I find life much easier on tour. It's not being on tour that is hard for me." In September of 2010, Nobunny's second full-length album, First Blood, was released by Goner.
Nobunny is the stage persona of musician Justin Champlin, performing since 2001. His debut LP, Love Visions, was home recorded and released in 2008 on Bubbledumb Records to positive reviews. It was re-released with 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in 2009 along with a second album, Raw Romance, which was released with Burger Records. His second official LP, "First Blood", was released by Goner Records in September 2010. His last LP, Secret Songs, was released on Goner Records towards the end of 2013.Mark, Mark (August 28, 2008). "Nobunny". Rhythm & Views. tucsonweekly.com. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
While on stage, Nobunny dresses (and undresses) in a bunny mask that is often accompanied by other odd stage-attire choices, such as raw meat, weaves, ball gags, firecrackers, panties, knee pads and coats made of trash. Nobunny has released a vinyl single "Give it to Me" on HoZac Records (a Chicago label) and a full-length LP called Love Visions on Bubbledumb Records (2008). Love Visions was later re-released on 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in 2009 on vinyl and CD. Since the release of his debut LP, Nobunny has been featured in multiple magazines nationwide and has developed a solid fan base across the world. Burger Records released Raw Romance in 2009 on cassette only. Raw Romance contains a few alternate recordings of previous works and several new songs. The initial release was limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on white or blue cassette tapes. It has subsequently been pressed on vinyl and CD. Burger Records has also issued the Love Visions album on cassette twice. Once as "Love Visions" Once as "2 LPS on 1 tape w/ Love Visions & Raw Romance" Burger Records is also scheduled to put out First Blood on tape and donate the profits to charity.
Nobunny played at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee on May 21, 2010, in a live concert that was recorded to analogue tape and released on vinyl by Third Man Records. On September 21, 2010, Goner Records released Nobunny's official second LP "First Blood".Tupica, Rich (December 29, 2008). "Nobunny interview". Turn It Down. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
Nobunny is known for mixing lo-fi garage punk with bubblegum pop and power pop. He has named The Ramones, Hasil Adkins and The Cramps as being influences on his music.Cite error: The named reference tid was invoked but never defined (see the help page).