In just two albums, Fudge shifted from dreamy bubblegum to pop-punk. The Richmond, VA, band met through mutual friends in 1990 and played for almost a year before finding a bass player or a suitable rehearsal space. Tony Ammendolia (vocals/guitar), David Jones (guitar/vocals), and Mike Savage (drums) wrote songs for the first album in a downtown apartment until Steve Venable (bass) arrived. Using a title borrowed from an e.e. cummings poem, The Ferocious Rhythm of Precise Laziness arrived on the major minor label Caroline in 1993, selling 10,000 copies and securing a tour with the Buzzcocks. Southside Speedway, with its shorter and harder-hitting songs, came out one year later. Citing minor differences among its members, Fudge split soon afterwards. Savage and Venable later played in Cherry 2000 until February of 2000. Jones joined Dynamic Truths and Ammendolia joined the ranks of fatherhood.
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