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If you looked in the Chapel Hill (NC) phonebook circa '89 you would have found a listing for 'Chunk Garrison'. The drummer's actual name was 'Chuck' but the phone company misspelled it. But like so many accidents in life this one stuck. Later, 'Chunk' became the name of the band Garrison help found.

Here's where the laws-of-probability seem out of whack. Chunk is not a particularly good name for anything but there was another band, playing Jazz in NYC, named Chunk. So the Chapel Hill group became Superchunk.

The first official Superchunk single (they had released a track as Chunk), "Slack Motherfucker," came out on Merge Records, a label founded by band members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance. However, their '90 self-title debut was issued by the legendary indie label, Matador Records. That was followed by '91's "No Pocky For Kitty" and '93's "On The Mouth."

After the debut album came out guitarist Jack McCook bailed and was replaced by Jim Wilbur. And despite the band's growing critical acclaim, Garrison left just before the release of "No Pocky For Kitty." Jon Wurster landed behind the kit.

Life for an indie label, even one with a stellar reputation, is often a hand-to-mouth existence. The line between profit and loss can be razor thin. So it's understandable to want a little security. Around the time Superchunk released their third album "On The Mouth," Matador signed a distribution deal with Atlantic Records, a major/corporate label. Even though the Atlantic logo did not have to be displayed on their releases, Superchunk decided to leave Matador and revive Merge where they could continue their DIY ways without interference. The '94 set "Foolish" marked their return.

The following year, "Here's Where The Strings Come In" contained the minor hit "Hyper Enough." '97 saw the arrival of "Indoor Living" while '99's "Come Pick Me Up" was the group's seventh album.

Superchunk's "Here's To Shutting Up," an '01 album, was the group's last full-length studio effort for nearly a decade. 03's "Cup Of Sand" compiled singles and rare tracks from '95-'02. It was preceded by "Incidental Music 1991-1995" and "Tossing Seeds ('89 -'91)," a collection of hard to find tracks and early singles.

Also, a three volume collection of live recordings, the "Clambake Series," came out among various one-off projects including an '06 performance celebrating the 10th anniversary of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Superchunk reconvened and issued "Majesty Shredding" in '10. McCaughan developed the songs but left it to the band to flesh things out. What resulted was an album filled vocal harmonies, jangling guitars and exhilarating solos that made its debut at #9 on the College Radio chart.

Three years later, Superchunk returned with their 10th album, "I Hate Music."

Prior to the album's release, Ballance announced on the band's website that she would not be taking part in the upcoming album promotional tour, citing a worsening hearing condition known as hyperacusis. Jason Narducy stepped in for the tour.

"What A Time To Be Alive" dropped in '18. The album, which had a 'political' leaning, dealt with the "anxiety and worse in the face in incipient authoritarianism," McCaughan wrote in a statement. "It would be strange to make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in."

Superchunk Discography

Superchunk Discography

1990 Superchunk
1991 No Pocky For Kitty
1993 On The Mouth
1994 Foolish
1995 Here's Where The Strings Come In
1997 Indoor Living
1999 Come Pick Me Up
2001 Here's To Shutting Up
2010 Majesty Shredding
2013 I Hate Music
2018 What A Time To Be Alive

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