For the uninitiated, Houston's Junior Varsity is the Gulf Coast's premiere frat-hop combo, purveyors of the Go-Gal beat. Combining '50s clean teen sounds with rally squad stage shenanigans, these two gals and a goof produce the kind of piston twistin' tunes that'll make you wanna move your torso a little more so!
Matt Murillo (drums, vocals) and Kim Hammond (bass, vocals) met in the small East Texas town of Nacogdoches, where they quickly realized they had a mutual affinity for beach movies and local DJ Butchie Cordell. The two soon met Butchie and became friends, and when the budding rock'n'rollers announced a move to the action town of Houston, Butchie gave his word he'd help kick start any band the two got going.
Well, they finally got the JV express rolling and played their first gig in Nacogdoches in front of 600+ Falstaff-fueled frat boys (no lie!). Butchie was impressed, and staying true to his word, he dropped a bug in the ear of then upstart record mogul Travis Higdon of Peek-A-Boo Records. Travis, being the savvy businessman that he is, listened to his pal Butchie, and Junior Varsity's debut single "GO! To The Ice Cream Social" was released.
Meanwhile, JV was busy wowing fans in their Houston home base, as well as places like Lafayette, Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Athens. The kids appeared on a slew of singles and compilations for labels like Lance Rock, NGOO (Japan), Dizzy, Remedial, Twist Like This, Kindercore and Emperor Norton.
A later addition to the pep squad was teen rock'n'roll sensation Rebecca Whitley. The kids met Rebecca when Junior Varsity played a gig with Houston garage hotshots The Jewws (for which Rebecca played bass). The three buddied up quick-like, and when the JV guitarist job became available, Rebecca was naturally the first choice. The only thing better than her playing is her HAIR!
Junior Varsity's debut LP Bam Bam Bam! was recorded by longtime friend and producer Ivan Klisanin. Ivan brought down bits and pieces of his "Bob's Records-To-Go" Studio from Lafayette, LA, to Houston to capture the JayVee sound in it's element. With cables and vintage mics spread throughout the Junior Varsity house, the recording was done in a couple of days.
So make way for two cute girls, one dumb guy, three DUMBER chords and a whole lotta fun! With Bam Bam Bam!, the GEEKS shall inherit the Earth. Slap that platter on your turntable, turn that knob WAY over to the right and HAVE A REAL GONE TIME!!!
• First Japan Tour (2000)
• K. Smith Elementary's "Good Conduct Carnival" (1999)
• The Original JV (1998)
• Bam Bam Bam! LP/CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2000)
• Bam Bam Bam! 7" (Twist Like This, 2000)
Singles & EPs
• Ice Cream Social 7"ep (Peek-A-Boo Records, 1996)
• Pep Rally Rock 7"ep (Twist Like This, 1997)
• "Juvenile" 7"ep (Remedial, 1998)
• Panther vs. Junior Varsity split 7" (NGOO Records, 1999)
• Junior Varsity/Kung Fu Monkeys split 7" (She's Gone Records, 2001)
• 24 hr Drive Through cass. (Super 8, 1995)
• Shot Putting in an Empty Stadium cass. (Dizzy Records, 1996)
• Girl Crazy LP/CD (Remedial, 1997)
• Oh Canaduh II LP/CD (Lance Rock Records, 1997)
• Christmas Two CD (Kindercore Records, 1999)
• Continental Zine Comp (Double Crown Records, 1999)
• Beji Cossa Tribute cass. (B.C. Cassettes, 1999)
• Continental Zine Comp (Double Crown Records, 2000)
• The Peek-A-Boo Book of Spells LP (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2001)
Peek-A-Boo Family Tree
• Matt Murillo: The Wontons