P.W. Long initial surfaced as the vocalist for the Michigan-based Hairpiece (appearing only for the 7″ Simply Obscene as well as the indie discharge Lying Next for you), billing himself as Preston Cleveland. Following the single’s discharge in 1991, Long still left to create the disastrously called Nigger Lover, ultimately changing the name to N.L. Mule before finally choosing the greater succinct Mule. Supported by Kevin Munro and Jim Kimball, veterans of Ann Arbor’s Laughing Hyenas, Mule’s eponymous debut premiered on Quarterstick Information in 1992, accompanied by the Wrung EP as well as the Steve Albini-produced EASILY Don’t Six, both released in 1994. After abandoning a short-lived tour as an acoustic musician, Lengthy recruited bassist Dan Maister and previous Jesus Lizard drummer Macintosh McNeilly, documenting 1997’s We Didn’t Discover You on Weekend beneath the name P.W. Long’s Reelfoot. He documented another record with this lineup (1998’s Press Me Once again) before dissolving the music group and laying fairly low for a couple of years. A performance on the Shellac-curated All Tomorrow’s Celebrations in Britain in 2001 was Long’s just major open public appearance before tour for his 2003 record, Remembered (released beneath the simplified moniker P.W. Lengthy).