Camper Van Beethoven
In the second half of the 1980s, Camper Van Beethoven—David Lowery (vocals, guitar), Victor Krummenacher (bass, vocals), Greg Lisher (guitar), Jonathan Segel (violin, guitar, keyboards) and Chris Pedersen (drums), plus late addition David Immerglück (guitar and various stringed instruments)—was one of its era’s most original and influential indie rock bands. The quintet effortlessly combined an iconoclastic, irony-laced lyrical stance with a free-spirited eclecticism that encompassed a dizzying array of stylistic influences, from punk to folk to psychedelia to all manner of world music. Camper’s visionary embrace of disparate genres established them as innovators, while their songs’ combination of barbed satire and poignant humanism stymied those who’d attempt to pigeonhole them as a mere novelty. Camper Van Beethoven quietly reunited in 2000 to share some live bills with Lowery’s popular post-Camper outfit Cracker. Longtime fans and new admirers alike rapturously received the resurgent combo’s performances, and the band continues to burn up the stage wherever they play.