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Pollard writes: "I got into their sense of humor, the snippets, samples, titles and album covers. The fact that they had put out all their albums on Homestead. The way they dressed. Their employment of television and movie culture. The whole package. Plus, they flat out could write songs and play."
From 1983 to 1990, Death of Samantha -- Doug Gillard, guitar-vocals; David James, bass-vocals; John Petkovic, vocals-guitar-clarinet; Steve-o, drums -- released three acclaimed albums and an EP on Homestead Records, a NY-based imprint that pioneered the indie-rock sound. Death of Samantha formed as a high school band, with its members ranging from 15 to 19 years old.
DOS enjoyed one of rock's most bizarre debuts ever -- playing on chicken-wing night at a family restaurant called the Ground Round. The show led to a mini riot and the firing of Petkovic, who was working as a janitor there at the time. DOS was renowned for a wild stage show -- which featured weird props and Steve-o popping out of coffins.
DOS toured and performed with bands such as the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Gun Club and Iggy Pop. The Smashing Pumpkins opened for them. The band broke up in 1990, with members going on to play in a number of bands: Cobra Verde, Gem, Guided by Voices, Sweet Apple and Nada Surf.
In 2014, the band plans to re-issue its back catalog and re-enter the studio to record an album of new material.