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  • Formed: Chicago, IL
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s


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Formed out of the love for playing AC/DC and Kiss covers, Oblivion got their start in 1988 through gigging at "lame metal clubs" throughout the greater Chicago area. Developing a knack for having an audience hate them in the early days, Scott (guitar/vocals), Pete (bass/vocals), and Brian (drums) were merely fueled by the heckles and booing. This led them to further instigate a crowd by playing Revolting Cocks and Ministry covers while dressed up in drag. After releasing two demo tapes and having their drummer fill in for the Bollwevils, Oblivion's sound started to gear more toward pop-punk thanks to the added influence of Chicago punk headliners Screeching Weasel and Sludgeworth. After this musical shift, another demo entitled Think Tightrope Boobjob was soon released, followed by the EPs Product and Full Blown Grover. A local following soon developed following these releases, eventually resulting in their 1994 debut full-length, Stop Thief, on Johanns Face Records. After a brief tour and releasing their 1995 follow-up, Shoot Me a Waco, the guys in Oblivion felt a love for the rock & roll lifestyle so strongly that they all quit their jobs to focus primarily on rocking out. After releasing a whole slew of compilation tracks and split EPs from the likes of God's Reflex, Humble Beginnings, No Empathy, and Apocalypse Hoboken, Super Saver Series was released in 1997 on PBS Records -- not entirely a new record, but rather a re-release of their first two records conveniently on one CD. Another compilation of their EPs and unreleased tracks saw the light of day the following year, Suckers from the Start. With all this material and experience under their belt, the recognition was soon directed toward California's Dr. Strange Records, which released a split album with Man Dingo in early 1999.