FU MANCHU (1990–PRESENT). Glen Chivens (vocals, replaced by Scott Hill), Scott Hill (guitar), Scott Vatow (guitar, replaced by Eddie Glass, Bob Balch), Greg McCaughey (bass, replaced by Mark Abshire, Brad Davis), Ruben Romano (drums, replaced by Brant Bjork, Scott Reeder).
Fu Manchu (named either after the legendary super-villain or more likely the stoner mustache) not only have one of the best names in new metal but are also one of the most fascinating metal bands working today. Like many post-modern metal bands, they started their career as a hardcore punk band called Virulence, before gradually growing out their hair, discovering “weed” and irony, and becoming a stoner rock classic. Fu Manchu started out as a cross between a stoner rock band and the Amboy Dukes flights into the stratosphere. The first record, No One Rides For Free, was a stoner rock classic. Scott Hill, formerly the guitarist, had become the vocalist by then and had solidified the band’s sound as they evolved from a straight-ahead revival band to one that once again featured elements of punk. The band’s connection to stoner rock veterans Kyuss was cemented when former Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork joined the band in 2002. Today Fu Manchu, despite numerous personnel changes (Hill is the only long-term member), remain the perfect band for a soundtrack that re-imagines the eighties as an age where SST (Black Flag’s record company) was as important a label as Metal Blade.
Discography: No One Rides for Free (Bong Load Records, 1994); Daredevil (Bong Load Records, 1995); In Search of … (Mammoth Records, 1996); The Action Is Go (Mammoth Records, 1997); Return to Earth 91–93 (Elastic, 1998); Eatin’ Dust (Man’s Ruin Records, 1999); King of the Road (Mammoth, 2000); California Crossing (Mammoth, 2001); Go for It … Live! (SPV, 2003); Start the Machine (DRT Entertainment, 2004); Out To Dry [EP] (Liquor And Poker Music/Century Media Records, 2006); We Must Obey (Liquor And Poker Music/Century Media Records, 2007).