The Mr. T Experience

Members:
Dr. Frank: Guitar
Gabe: Bass
Jym: Drums
Joel once played Bass
Jon Von once played 2nd Guitar
Byron once played Bass
Alex once played Drums
Aaron once played Bass

See Also: Samiam, Dr. Frank

In 1986, when the Mr. T Experience released their first record, their blend of punk rock and pop was a complete anomaly. In the mid-eighties, no one could imagine a punk group covering a song by the Monkees. The dominant aesthetic of hardcore and metal crossover didn’t allow a band to be witty and irreverent or melodic and tuneful. But MTX’s pop-punk had a past and a future. Their sound was the offspring of the simple tune-heavy punk rock of the Ramones, who styled themselves as a rougher update of 60’s pop and 50’s greaser doo-wop during the mid-70’s, creating a potent blueprint for the developing punk scene. MTX also took their love for British indie guitar pop bands like the Swell Maps and Television Personalities and gave American Ramones punk a quirky, understated wit usually found on the other side of the pond. After 1986, pop-punk grew from an exception to the rule of the punk scene. Groups like MTX, and subsequent successes Green Day, Screeching Weasel, NoFX and now Blink 182 and Lit continue to expand the popularity of the genre. Pop-punk is understood from the studios of MTV, any skatepark, teenage bedrooms, to tiny punk clubs the world over. After making numerous seminal pop-punk albums, the Mr. T Experience eventually took a right turn and headed out again from under the branches of the pop-punk tree they helped cultivate. 10 years after their first album, they found themselves once again moving in a new direction musically and stylistically. With their most recent albums, MTX has become an anomaly again: considered a pop-punk band but playing music that is different and expanded. In 1986, as they inadvertently helped create the pop-punk sound, the Mr T. Experience was just making music. And that’s what they’ve continued to do, oblivious for the most part to what it might be called. History, as unfair as she can be, will undoubtedly prove MTX one of punk—and pop’s—brightest shining lights.

Discography:

L011 The Thing That Ate Floyd

L273 …and the Women Who Love Them, Special Addition
Compact Disc
(January 2002)

L275 Lookout Freakout Episode 2
Compact Disc
(October 2001)

L254 The Miracle of Shame
Compact Disc EP
(September 2000)

L235 Lookout! Freakout
Compact Disc
(July 2000)

L232 Alcatraz
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(September 1999)

L215 Forward Till Death
Compact Disc
(January 1999)

L218 Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! NTSC (American format) Video Cassette.
(January 1998)

L187 The Last Great Thing You Did
Compact Disc
(October 1997)

L180 Revenge Is Sweet, and So Are You
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(July 1997)

L154 More Bounce to the Ounce
Double Compact Disc / Double 12″ Vinyl
(June 1997)

L145 Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue Blood
Compact Disc / 10″ Vinyl
(May 1997)

L169 Heide Sez…
Compact Disc
(October 1996)

L144 Night Shift at the Thrill Factory
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(June 1996)

L139 Winter Compilation
Compact Disc
(January 1996)

L134 Love is Dead
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(January 1996)

L126 Alternative Is Here to Stay
7″ Vinyl / Compact Disc
(1995)

L100 Slice of Lemon
Double Compact Disc / Double 12″ Vinyl
(1995)

L106 … and the Women Who Love Them
7″ Vinyl / Compact Disc
(1994)

L080 Our Bodies, Our Selves
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1993)

L049 Milk, Milk, Lemonade
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1992)

L044 Can of Pork

L039 Everyone’s Entitled to Their Own Opinion
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1990)

L037 Making Things with Light
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1990)
Out Of Print

L219 PAL Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! PAL (European format) Video Casette.
(August 1998)

L184 … And I Will Be With You
7″ Vinyl
(July 1997)

L068 Gun Crazy
7″ Vinyl

L045 Love American Style
7″ Vinyl

L023 So Long Sucker
7″ Vinyl