was a garage band
that included Adam Jones
guitarist) and Tom Morello
(future Rage Against the Machine
guitarist). The band has the distinction, shared by The Byrds
, The Allman Brothers Band
, The Yardbirds
, Sonic Youth
, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
, The Stills-Young Band
, of having two members that made the Rolling Stone
list of the 100 greatest guitarists of rock history.
Jones and Morello played in the band as students at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois
. Jones played bass while Morello played guitar. Other members of the band included Chris George (lead vocals), Randy Cotton (keyboards) and Ward "Yardstick" Wilson (drums).
The band formed in the 1980-81
school year, initially as a joke. (At early performances, the band had no instruments.) As time went on, however, the band evolved into a credible garage band (sometimes literally—one of the band's best-attended concerts was held in Morello's garage). The band was not well-known, even within the school, but it did have an enthusiastic following among a limited circle.
Morello then described the band as a "punk
" band, though at the time heavy metal
was his major musical influence, and George always cited Mick Jagger
as his main role model. Their best-known songs, which often had an element of dark humor, included "Rat Race," "She Eats Razors" and "Oh Jackie O." "Salvador