For every Pearl Jam or Nirvana that made it huge during Seattle's grunge zenith in the early '90s, there were half-a-dozen Alcohol Funnycars--bands which had the sound down pat and toured the world with some hot-shit headliners (in AFC's case, Green Day, Bad Religion and Elliot Smith, to name a few), but didn't see there wallets fatten much for the trouble.
Essentially Ben London (now of Stag) and Tommy Bonehead (Love Battery) with a rotating cast of drummers, AFC "got caught up in the whirlwind that was the Seattle Grunge explosion but always sounded more like they were visiting form Minneapolis," says Mark Yarm (not to be confused with the Mudhoney luminary who spells his last name without the Y and says shit at SubPop), author of Everybody Loves Our Town: an Oral History of Grunge. And on June 29, after a 16-year hiatus, Alcohol Funnycar will reunite for the first of a trio of summer shows.
"Tommy's longtime skate team the Jak's are having a big reunion in Seattle this summer," explains London. "The parties they throw are pure chaos. Playing the opening show seemed like a great reason for Tommy and I to get back together."