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The Action Suits

Seattle's "legendary" bubble-gum pop band (and de facto Fantagraphics house band), The Action Suits (featuring cartoonist Peter Bagge as its drummer), released four 7" singles in the fall of 1996. One of them was initially going to be put out on hometown favorite Sub Pop Records, but the story goes that when Sub Pop owner Jonathan Poneman (who was being pressured by then-partner Bruce Pavitt to put the record out) played the tape of the sessions, he almost immediately ripped it out of the cassette deck and flung it against the wall. Needless to say, the boys have taken great pride in that after all these years, as the Suits have gone on to fame and fortune while Sub Pop has toiled in obscurity promoting bands like the Shins, Mudhoney, Postal Service, and other unsaleable has-beens. Who's sorry now, Mr. Poneman?! Formed in 1995 in Seattle, the Suits were originally Eric Reynolds, Andy Schmidt, and Al Columbia. Al moved away shortly thereafter and Peter Bagge joined as drummer. They played various gigs in and around Seattle and came to be known as "The Kings of Pussy Rock." With the help of their friend Steve Fisk (producer/keyboardist) they released 4 vinyl 7" singles in 1996. Eric and Andy lasted through a few line-up changes (such as Bagge quitting, to be replaced by Sub Pop Records' Chris Jacobs, and nineironspitfire's Demian Johnston joining as lead guitarist) before ceasing to exist when Andy moved away in 1999.

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