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Stroke 9

Although best known for their late-'90s modern rock single "Little Black Backpack," Stroke 9 formed one decade prior in the San Francisco Bay Area. While finishing high school in 1989, singer/guitarist Luke Esterkyn and bassist Greg Gueldner opted to form a band for extra credit. The project was shelved when the musicians left town to attend separate colleges, but Stroke 9 resumed its pace several years later, with John McDermott and Stephen Heath rounding out the lineup. The band self-released a debut LP, Boy Meets Girl, in 1993, followed two years later by Bumper to Bumper. After drummer Eric Stock climbed aboard to stabilize the band's lineup, Stroke 9 signed to Universal's Cherry imprint and preceded the release of their 1999 major-label debut, Nasty Little Thoughts, with an appearance in the Ron Howard comedy EdTV.

In a market dominated by platinum-selling teen pop acts, Stroke 9 turned some heads by sending Nasty Little Thoughts to gold status in early 2000. "Little Black Backpack" was the album's highlight, blending a melancholic post-grunge verse with a buoyant pop chorus. The group's relative success allowed them to release two additional records for Universal, 2001's eponymous Stroke 9 and 2002's Rip It Off, before issuing 2004's All In on an independent label. Cafe Cuts: A Collection of Acoustic Favorites arrived that same year, and an all-new collection of songs, Last of the International Playboys, extended the band's shelf life into 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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I've been listening to the guys for years!! Took me throughout college in japan playing baseball. Helped me through over 10 years!!!!! Thanks
STROKE 9....
Cool song and cool band :)
I miss you Malcolm In The Middle
Miss you Eric!
bc12786
Little black backpack is my fave :)
Favorite band of all time
this is a awsome song
I just heard 100 Girls and I alreayd love these guysl. Good musician, and seem to have a good sense of light hearted humour. Really dig these guys.
I saw them at the Mountainlair in Morgantown, WV in 2001, or '02. I arrived barely knowing who they were, but left their biggest fan! They were great. I don't think they've toured East of the Mississippi since. :-(
Love them and they were EXCELLENT in concert.
Love these guys! Takes me back to a time when life was simpler, I just didn't know it yet.
juliebeemack
Love Nasty Little Thoughts!!
Stroke 9 writes the soundtrack to my life. I would follow these guys to the ends of the Earth.
One of my all time favorite CDs (Nasty Little Thoughts) - I can listen to it a million times and not get bored, great melodies, and fun to sing with too! These guys are truly musicians, you can appreciate the feeling in each song. I hope I keep hearing more!
Awesome guys, way too underrated of a band. Stoke 9 was the sound track to my high school years.
it must be a broken heart thing i like them
mwm7 i agreed, easy to listen too.. nothing spectacular.
I can't belive so many people don't like them on this page... they seem pretty average to me.
I don't know what you guys are listening to...but they are soo amazing.
I met them.
Barf bag please...
WOW. this music is aweful. amazingly awful.
gracie92356
I like them, too. Probably heard them in '94 in SF. They're easy to listen to and musically solid. (Does it take a 'tool' to recognize a 'tool' or is it being a 'tool' to make an ignorant comment on a comment made by another who doesn't share your 'taste' -or lack thereof? Get a job, get a life. Do something constructive .
thats because your the only one who likes these tools
Stoke9 is amazing. u gotta love them. cant stop listening
I'm surprised to be the 1st one to comment...

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