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American rock band that was active between 1988 and 1995.  They formed in Illinois, Chicago in the late 80s out of the ashes of another band called Blatant Dissent and toured with the likes of Jawbox, Arcwelder and Jesus Lizard. They went on to produce a number of singles, albums and compilation tracks. Their 1995 album “Over And Out” is considered a high point in their career by many, but they broke up soon after the album was recorded. Bassist Tom Zaluckyj and drummer Mike Greenlees formed LuckyJ after Tar’s dissolution, but they never released any material.  ZaluckyJ also played with Fred Schneider (B-52) for a brief period and served as an engineer at Steve Albini’s studio, while Mike Greenlees joined Ex-Chittle.

Associated BandsShorty, Oneton, Luckyj, Ex-Chittle, Blatant Dissent


Play To Win / Mel’s 7″ (No Blow Records, 1988)

Handsome LP (Amphetamine Reptile, 1989)

Flow Plow / Hand 7″ (1990)

Roundhouse LP/CD (1990)

Solution 8 / Non-Alignment Pact 7″ (1991)

Teetering / The In Crowd 7″ (Touch And Go, 1991)

Jackson LP / CD (Amphetamine Reptile, 1991)

Tar / Jawbox Split 7″ (Touch And Go + Dischord, 1992)

Clincher 12″ / CD-EP / Cassette (Touch And Go, 1993)

Toast (Touch And Go, 1993)

Over And Out (Touch And Go, 1995)


Non-Alignment Pact” (original by Pere Ubu) on Solution 8 / Non-Alignment Pact 7″ (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1991)

“The In Crowd” (original by Billy Page) on Teetering / The In Crowd 7″ (Touch And Go, 1992)





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Hidden Track From “Toast” Album

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  1. I bought Toast in a used music store on a whim about half a year and it's real nice! Love the cover art too.

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