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Read an interesting Bio on AMG about Fatso Jetson and they sound real interesting. Apparently an influence on Josh Homme amongst others. Can anyone tell me anything about them and the bands the Lalli brothers were in before Fatso Jetson ?

AMG Biography

by Vincent Jeffries

Fatso Jetson was formed in Palm Desert, CA, in 1994 and are often credited as the fathers of the desert strain of stoner rock made most famous by their slightly younger neighbors Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. This might be strange considering that the genre was in full swing at the time of Fatso Jetson's inception. The reason for the group's immense stoner credibility is that key members of the group played in seminal local "desert" bands Across the River, Englenook, Yawning Man, and the Sort of Quartet: each of them being groups that the high school aged Kyuss members would frequently see perform at parties. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, Fatso Jetson incorporate a broader variety of musical influences that includes punk and surf. That is not to say that the band isn't capable of dishing out supremely heavy riffs and Black Sabbath-influenced guitar soloing. Certainly grounded in dense hard rock, Fatso Jetson experiment with many musical textures, instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punky art rock all their own.
When guitarist/vocalist Mario Lalli and his bassist brother Larry kept bumping into drummer Tony Tornay at desert parties and at the Lallis' own club, Rhythm & Brews, the trio decided to start playing together and have remained as a unit since. After opening for former Black Flag guitarist and SST Records' owner Greg Ginn's band, Fatso Jetson were offered a chance to record Ginn's label. In 1995, the group recorded their debut Stinky Little Gods and followed that up in 1997 with Power of Three — both discs appeared on SST. Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork briefly joined up as second guitarist and appeared on two 7" releases before leaving the group to focus on his duties in Fu Manchu and a solo project. The band left SST and quickly hooked up with Bongload Records, who then released Fatso Jetson's third full-length disc, Toasted, in 1998. The album was recorded at Palm Desert's Munkey Studios: the undisputed center of the stoner rock universe. Guitarist and old friend Gary Arce joined the band briefly to support Toasted on tour with Queens of the Stone Age in 1999. Arce then departed in 2000. The Lalli brothers also contributed to the Desert Sessions releases that feature friends from outfits like Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and Earthlings.

Hank Von Satin, Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:22 (nineteen years ago) link

1st album is really good. Blends surf rock, weird synthy stuff and a touch of country to the desert heavy rock stuff. Other albums are meant to be different and even more idiosyncratic. They had an album out last year on Josh Hommes label. If you like the Desert Sessions albums then you should like Fatso Jetson.
I downloaded a 'Sort Of Quartet' album off slsk. Its was kinda jazzy and not what i expected at all.

Raymondo, Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:10 (nineteen years ago) link

I listened to Died In California, off the last album, before I went to work this morning. It is a very sad song delivered with joyous vim. The whole album (Cruel & Delicious) is ace, in fact. Classik.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 8 September 2003 08:48 (nineteen years ago) link

There's a cover of a Yawningman song (Catamaran) on ...And The Circus Leaves Town.

Damian (Damian), Monday, 8 September 2003 11:25 (nineteen years ago) link

The Kyuss version of Catamaran is brilliant. Never heard the Yawningman version.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Monday, 8 September 2003 12:12 (nineteen years ago) link

It used to be available as an RA on one of the main Kyuss fan sites, but they all seem to have disappeared, erk!

Damian (Damian), Monday, 8 September 2003 22:19 (nineteen years ago) link

http://www.stonerrock.com/kyuss is the best known fan site. They even allow you to use their postscripts to Make your own KYUSS TEESHIRTS!
Are there any Kyuss threads on here? Cant find any due with the search function.

Rick V, Monday, 8 September 2003 22:52 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't think there are any - someone ought to rectify that, as there are at least a few fans.

Damian (Damian), Monday, 8 September 2003 23:17 (nineteen years ago) link

nineteen years pass...

"stinky little gods" soundin' mighty good this afternoon

budo jeru, Friday, 19 May 2023 21:17 (one week ago) link

Extremely special band. Here's a much longer version of a piece I originally wrote for LAWeekly. Lotsa low desert history/scenes in this one. Lifers.

Larger Than Life: Casting shadows with Fatso Jetson

jaywbabcock, Saturday, 20 May 2023 14:12 (one week ago) link

thanks for sharing!

budo jeru, Saturday, 20 May 2023 15:48 (one week ago) link

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