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|Label(s)||Spineless Voodoo Records (1989), Beggars Banquet Records (1990-1993)|
Carnival Art was a Los Angeles-based alternative rock band that existed for a few years in the early heyday of the genre. It was the first professional band of Weezer's longtime guitarist, Brian Bell.
Carnival Art's lineup included frontman Michael P. Tak, bassist-turned-guitarist Ed (previously of Jane's Addiction), drummer Keith Fallis, guitarist Shane Paul Rhody (who was out of the band after the first album), and (beginning with 1990's Dig EP) future Weezer member Bell on bass. In its short existence, the unit managed to release three full-length albums, two EPs, and a smattering of b-sides and compilation appearances, both exclusive and previously released.
Although on the roster of influential alternative label Beggars Banquet, Carnival Art received minimal radio or video airplay (although one video did manage to be lambasted by the legendary Beavis & Butt-head!), which mirrored their miniscule record sales. The label eventually dropped the band, but not before they themselves began to implode. After a brief, but failed, attempt to land another deal under the name Jerkwater, the unit disbanded.
Where Are They Now?
After Carnival Art split, band leader P.Tak went on to a solo career as Michael Petak, issuing at least one album called Pretty Little Lonely. Fallis joined bands such as Shufflepuck and Big Drill Car. Bell joined Weezer.
- Michael P. Tak - lead vocals, guitar
- Ed - bass (1989-1990), guitar (1990-1993)
- Keith Fallis - drums, vocals
- Brian Bell - bass (1990-1993)
- Shane Paul Rhody - guitar, vocals (1989-1990)
Singles and EPs
- Dig EP (1990) (promo vinyl and limited cassette only)
- Blue Food & Black Sparks EP (1991)
- Wrestling Swamis single (1991)
- Holy Smokes EP (1992)
- Sucker Punch single (1992)
Exclusive compilation appearances
- A Lump Of Coal various artists compilation (1991) (featuring "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella")
- Welcome To Our Nightmare: A Tribute To Alice Cooper various artists (1993) (featuring "Cold Ethyl")