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A music group with an unfortunately over-optimistic name, the San Fernando Valley based quartet the Charthogs was among seemingly a huge selection of poppy alternative rock and roll bands embroiled in the post-Nirvana major-label putting your signature on spree. Vocalist and guitarist Danny Pinnella, guitarist Mat Dennis, bassist Ric Markmann (previously of alt-rock no-hopers Cry Charity), and drummer Mauro Rubbi had been authorized to Atlantic in 1993 and released their self-titled debut the next year. The somewhat heavier sounding follow-up, Perform Your Mind, premiered in 1994; a cover of Neil Young’s traditional “Mr. Spirit” was a very important thing on the recording, regrettably. The group split after Atlantic fallen them; Markmann later on arrived in Chris Cornell’s post-Soundgarden support band.

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