After debuting in 1989 with the album Appetite for Adrenochrome, the group spent the early ’90s largely out of the spotlight, issuing only the occasional single (including 1990’s “Lost Generation” and 1992’s “Christmas on Mars”) before finally releasing its sophomore album, Born in the Basement, in 1994. By now a hugely popular attraction on the Sacramento club circuit, in 1996 the Ghoulies signed to Lookout Records to release World Contact Day; Wendy left the lineup soon after, however, and was replaced by ex-Screeching Weasel drummer Dan Panic. In the wake of 1997’s Re-Animation Festival, Panic exited as well and was eventually replaced by drummer Jaz Brown.
The Ghoulies’ fifth LP, Fun in the Dark, followed in 1999, and a year later the group resurfaced with Travels with My Amp. The band left Lookout soon after, but showed up on Stardumb for the Freaks on Parade EP in 2002. ~ Jason Ankeny