Camper Van Beethoven is an American rock band formed in Redlands, California in 1983 and later located in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Their style mixes elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, alternative country, and world music. The band initially polarized audiences within the hardcore punk scene of California's Inland Empire before finding wider acceptance and, eventually, an international audience. Their strong iconoclasm and emphasis on do-it-yourself values proved influential to the burgeoning indie rock movement.

The band's first three independent records were released within an 18-month period. Their debut single was "Take the Skinheads Bowling". The group signed to Virgin Records in 1987, released two albums and enjoyed chart success with their 1989 cover of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men", a number one hit on Billboard Magazine's Modern Rock Tracks. They disbanded the following year due to internal tensions.

Lead singer David Lowery formed Cracker, David Immerglück joined Counting Crows, and several other members played in Monks of Doom. Beginning in 1999, the former members reunited and made several new records.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Telephone Free Landslide Victory 4 5
1986 II & III 5 4
1987 Camper Van Beethoven 5 5
1988 Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart 3 7
1989 Key Lime Pie 5 5
2002 Tusk 2
2002 Cigarettes & Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years 2
2004 New Roman Times 1
2013 La Costa Perdida 2
2014 El Camino Real 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Camper Vantiquities 3
1994 The Virgin Years 1
2000 Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead. Long Live Camper Van Beethoven. 1
2008 Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 In the Mouth of the Crocodile: Live in Seattle 1
2005 Discotheque CVB: Live in Chicago 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Take the Skinheads Bowling 1
1988 Life Is Grand 1
1989 Pictures of Matchstick Men 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Vampire Can Mating Oven 4 2

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