Emperor Penguin

Chicago's goofy, funky electronic duo Emperor Penguin consists of DJ Lazlo Minimart and keyboardist Melvoin Stanke. Their love of antique analogue synths, found sounds and electro-funk culminated in the release of their debut album Shatter the Illusion of Integrity, Yeah in early 1999 on My Pal God Records. Emperor Penguin wasted no time in following up the album with a limited-edition single on Box Factory, E.D.G.A.R., and their second full-length Extreme Gaming just a few months later. Their third album Mysterious Pony, the title of which was decided by voters on their label's website, arrived early the next year. Their rapid pace showed no signs of abating; they began 2001 with the four-song Damn EP, which featured the Emperor Penguin Live Expedition Squadron (bassist/guitarist Jack Flapjack, keyboardist Nord 2000 and drummer Ferrari) on two tracks.


MPG029 Emperor Penguin - Shatter The Illusion Of Integrity, Yeah album art Emperor Penguin Shatter The Illusion Of Integrity, Yeah(CD) My Pal God Records MPG029 US 1999 Sell This Version
MPG030 Emperor Penguin - Extreme Gaming album art Emperor Penguin Extreme Gaming(CD) My Pal God Records MPG030 US 1999 Sell This Version
MPG035 Emperor Penguin - Mysterious Pony album art Emperor Penguin Mysterious Pony(CD) My Pal God Records MPG035 US 2000 Sell This Version
FRNZY001 Emperor Penguin - Rum Pop Engineer album art Emperor Penguin Rum Pop Engineer(12", Album, Ltd) Savage Frenzy FRNZY001 UK 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MPG040 Emperor Penguin - Damn EP album art Emperor Penguin Damn EP(CD, EP) My Pal God Records MPG040 US 2001 Sell This Version
bfep014 Emperor Penguin - Split album art Emperor Penguin, Knodel Emperor Penguin, Knodel - Split(CD, EP) Box Factory Records bfep014 US Unknown Sell This Version
BFEP011 Emperor Penguin - Emperor Penguin album art Emperor Penguin Emperor Penguin(7") Box Factory Records BFEP011 US Unknown Sell This Version


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June 28, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Emperor Penguin has to be one of my favorite bands. It was only when I started to look around on the internet that I realized they were so completely under-rated. Their welcome.to website does not even work anymore. Nevertheless, Emperor Penguin is probably one of the most innovative artists/groups(?) that I've ever heard. Every track was thoroughly originally, which is quite refreshing in an age where the vast majority of the music we listen to sounds like grade a mass-produced assembly line crap.

It's amazing to think how many other bands there are that are just as good as Emperor Penguin that have yet to be discovered. Maybe I'm making them sound better than they really are, but I still think they deserve more recognition for the music that they make.

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