They networked their way into a deal with Arista imprint Time Bomb, which in 1996 released their first full-length, Pop Bus, a skewed masterpiece of scattershot pop that can hardly get through a song without jumping ship after the first chorus. For all the antics they inflicted on the public during their time, their recorded work still stands as the best reminder of how carelessly strange they were, even when no one was looking. But things eventually fell apart. "We were the experiment for the label," says Hager. "The radio guy and the promo person had never worked in the music business before. It was that kind of thing. We could tell." By the time the label was ready to let them go, it was too late.
"It was my fault," says Goolkasian. "I just up and left them in Texas. I woke up one day and decided I wanted to be a civilian again."
Post-break-up, two more CDs surfaced — the odds-and-ends collection Epidose 1 (Archenemy) and the proper full-length OK Commuter (On Off) — but otherwise the trio have gone their separate ways, leaving a trail of weird wreckage and shrugged-off could-have-beens behind them. "We were pranksters and pretty self-sabotaging," says Hager. "But I don't think we could have done it any other way."
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