With such a longwinded moniker, it seems likely that Thinking Fellers Union Local #282
could be nothing but a bunch of pretentious art-school rejects. Fortunately, that's pretty far from the truth -- their sound is a hybrid of art rock and punk rock, based on noodling on organs, electric banjos, mandolins and heavy, fuzzed-out guitar blasts. The group formed in 1987 in San Francisco and released their first album Wormed By Leonard on their own label Thwart a year later. In 1991, the group made the jump to the Matador label, where they released 1991's critically acclaimed Lovelyville
, 1992's Mother Of All Saints
and 1994's Strangers From the Universe
. They moved to Ajax for the following year's Funeral Pudding
and then to Communion for 1996's I Hope It Lands
, where they remained on the roster for the rest of the '90s despite their lack of further releases. However, they continued to play sporadic, spontaneous dates and a new album was rumored for a 2001 release.