Alcohol Funnycar was formed in Seattle in 1991 by Ohio expatriate Ben London, a graduate of Antioch College who had moved West with future members of 7 Year Bitch and the Gits. The initial lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter London, ex-Love Battery bassist Tommy "Bonehead" Simpson, and drummer Buzz Crocker. Their 1993 debut EP, Burn, established a melodic pop-punk approach indebted to the early-'80s Minneapolis scene (Husker Du, Replacements, Soul Asylum, etc.); their first full-length album, Time to Make the Donuts, followed later in the year. Citing touring-induced strain, Buzz Crocker left the band, and new drummer Joel Trueblood was introduced on 1995's Weasels.
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