In the fecund college-rock scene of the 1980s, Camper Van Beethoven were the experimenters, unafraid to delve into collisions of ska beats and gypsy fiddling and songs with titles such as The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon.
They were also funny as hell: sarcastic, free-associative and just plain goofy.
Debut album Telephone Free Landslide Victory contained fresh and eclectic instrumentals and sharp and funny pop sings like Take The Skinheads Bowling.
Their third album had no title because CVB considered their second album to be both their second and third albums (and titled it II and III).
When the band broke up, Dave Lowery formed Cracker.
Camper Van Beethoven returned in 2004 with New Roman Times (their first studio album in fifteen years) documenting a parallel-reality America full of civil war, right-wing assholes, suicide bombers and burnouts getting loopy on narcotic flowers.