Engine 88

Infobox musical artist
Name = Engine 88

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Origin = San Francisco, California
Genre = Rock, Indie, Alternative
Years_active = 1992-1998
Label = Shut Up & Drive Records, Caroline Records, Wingnut Records
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URL = [http://www.engine88.net Official Website]
Current_members = Tom Barnes Damon Wood Eric Knight Dave Hawkins
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Engine 88 was a rock band that spawned out of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1990s.


Engine 88 (originally known as simply Engine) released three albums (2 on Caroline Records) and a handful of 7 inch singles throughout the 1990s. The band featured Tom Barnes of the notable college rock band Sordid Humor as lead singer, Damon Wood of Smoking Section on guitar, Eric Knight on bass and Dave Hawkins (also of Smoking Section) on the drums.

Their first two releases, two 7 inch singles, "Funny Car" and "Twenty" were put out independently on their own label, Shut Up and Drive in 1993 and 1994, respectively. In 1995, their first full length LP, "Clean Your Room" was released on Caroline Records, defining their characteristic sound of driving guitars and rhythms counter-acted with introspective and often abstract lyrics. 1997's "Snowman" followed, to much critical acclaim, however in 1998 the group disbanded and their final full-length, "Flies and Death n' Stuff" was released posthumously in 1998 on Wingnut Records.

Where are they now?

Singer Tom Barnes released a CD entitled "Three Day Ditties", which abandoned the louder rock sound of Engine 88, in favor of a more soft rock sound similar to that of his former project, Sordid Humor. His songs have gained a cult following and have been covered live by the band Counting Crows.

Guitarist, Damon Wood, is now performing in a Pretenders tribute band, Message of Love, and in an R&B cover band, Curtis Bumpy, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bassist Eric Knight is coaching little kids' functional martial arts at [http://www.moderncombatives.com Modern Combatives] .

Engine 88 played a "reunion" show commemorating the release of Peter Ellenby's book, "Every Day is Saturday" at the [http://www.bottomofthehill.com Bottom of the Hill] in San Francisco on Friday, Oct 27 2006.

Band members

*Tom Barnes (vocals, Guitar)
*Damon Wood (Guitar)
*Eric Knight (Bass)
*Dave Hawkins (drums


* 1993 "Funny Car 7": Shut Up and Drive Records
* 1994 "Germ's Choice 94" (compilation)
* 1994 "Twenty 7": No Life Records
* 1995 "Clean Your Room": Caroline Records
* 1995 "Robots are Real 7" (Split with American Sensei)": Hep-Cat Records
* 1996 "7" Split with Sincola": Caroline Records
* 1996 "LIVE 105: 10 Year Anniversary (Compilation)"
* 1997 "Snowman" Caroline Records
* 1997 "Seconal (single)" Caroline Records
* 1997 "Manclub (single)" Caroline Records
* 1998 "Flies and Death n' Stuff" Wingnut Records

External links

* [http://www.engine88.net Official Engine 88 Website]
* [http://musicilove.hornbuckle.org/?band=engine88 Site for Preservation of Engine 88's music]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=B1zeyxdkb8olk Engine 88 on All Music Guide]
* [http://www.singingfool.com/musicvideo.asp?publishedid=00571525 Video for "Mangos" (Single from "Clean Your Room")]
* [http://www.myspace.com/engine88 Engine 88's profile on MySpace]
* [http://www.damonwood.com/engine88 Damon Wood's Engine 88 page]

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