Charthogs

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A band with an unfortunately over-optimistic name, the San Fernando Valley based quartet the Charthogs was one of seemingly hundreds of poppy alternative rock bands swept up in the post-Nirvana major-label…
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A band with an unfortunately over-optimistic name, the San Fernando Valley based quartet the Charthogs was one of seemingly hundreds of poppy alternative rock bands swept up in the post-Nirvana major-label signing spree. Singer and guitarist Danny Pinnella, guitarist Mat Dennis, bassist Ric Markmann (formerly of alt-rock no-hopers Cry Charity), and drummer Mauro Rubbi were signed to Atlantic in 1993 and released their self-titled debut the following year. The slightly heavier sounding follow-up, Do Your Mind, was released in 1994; a cover of Neil Young's classic "Mr. Soul" was the best thing on the album, unfortunately. The group split up after Atlantic dropped them; Markmann later showed up in Chris Cornell's post-Soundgarden backing band.