The junk-rock quartet Skeleton Key begun to take shape in 1994 when guitarist/vocalist Chris Maxwell and former Lounge Lizards bassist Erik Sanko met on the downtown NY Membership the Knitting Stock, where Maxwell worked being a booking agent. After enlisting drummer Steve Calhoon, the trio announced they wished to play “garbage; ” these were shortly aimed to Rick Lee, a performer who currently possessed a “rubbish kit” comprising an old desk, propane tanks, chair, film reels, a crimson wagon, and pans and pots. In middle-1996, Skeleton Essential released their self-titled debut EP on Motel Information; their full-length debut Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon implemented on Capitol in 1997. They gained a Grammy nomination that same calendar year because of the brilliant product packaging of that record. By the brand new millennium, guitarist Colin Brooks was put into the group. Obtainium made an appearance in summer months 2002.