Ass Ponys formed in late 1988 in Cincinnati OH, comprising Chuck Cleaver and Dan Kleingers of Gomez (US), Randy Cheek of The Libertines (US) and John Erhardt. By 1993, the band had released two albums on the Okra label (Mr. Superlove and Grim) and Dan had left the band, being replaced by Dave Morrison. The band had toured with Pavement in support of Grim, and had also played opening slots for Yo La Tengo and others. While they had planned on releasing their third record themselves as Okra had folded by this point, things didn't work out that way. Cassette copies of the record were sent to various labels in hopes of maybe getting some interest from one of them. As it turns out, A&M Records were interested. After details were hammered out over a dinner at LaRosas, Electric Rock Music, the major label debut was released in 1994, with the lead single, Little Bastard. It became a moderate modern rock hit, turning up in the movie Empire Records, on an episode of The Real World and the band even played it on the Jon Stewart show. Songs from this album also turned up in an episode of Party of Five. After a lengthy and successful tour with Throwing Muses, John Erhardt decided to leave the band in order to spend more time with his family. Through the audition process, the band discovered Bill Alletzhauser who joined the band in time to record their fourth album, The Known Universe. While representing some of the bands best work to date, it was not supported by the label and was not co...
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