By Jim Hagerty
Madison, Wis.-based Crustacean Records announced the addition of Rockford band The Pimps to its roster. The deal is the band’s first since being signed to Hollywood Records, a Disney subsidiary, in 2000.
Unlike the deal with Hollywood, which was cut short after one record, the Crustacean contract will allow The Pimps to have significant control of their material. Hollywood balked at More Songs About Drugs With Curse Words because of censorship issues and passed on a release. A second album was never recorded, and the band was dropped in 2001.
The Pimps have had their songs on television and movie soundtracks including Mission Impossible 2 and have remained independent, playing 160 dates per year and recording in their Rockford studio.
Although terms of the deal haven’t been released, Crustacean is slated to reissue The Pimp’s F–k This Sh-t We’re Outta Here Oct. 12. The band will return to the studio to work on a new project, to be released next year.
“We’re super duper awesome happy to be in bed with Crusty Records,” singer and guitarist Stu Johnson said. “They’re nice guys, and because they’re from Wisconsin, they really know how to drink. The only drawback is that they’re Packer fans.”
Crustacean Records was founded in 1994 by Chris Langkamp. The label’s roster includes The Giraffes, Ouija Radio and Mucky Pup. The Pimps began in 1997, when they were known as the Goodyear Pimps. Crustacean Records is at crustaceanrecords.com. The Pimps can be found at thepimps.org.
From the Sept. 22-28, 2010 issue