King Kong (3)

The rock band King Kong was formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in early 1989 by Ethan Buckler, the original bassist in the band Slint. The core trio for many years was made up of Buckler, Willie McClean (bass), and Ray Rizzo (drums). Over the course of its existence King Kong has been joined by Todd Hildreth (keys), Suki Anderson (add'l vocals), Amy Greenwood (add'l vocals), Andy Hurt (percussion), and Dave Pajo (drums).


King Kong (3) - Old Man On The Bridge album art King Kong (3) Old Man On The Bridge (Album) Homestead Records US 1991 Sell This Version
King Kong (3) - Funny Farm album art King Kong (3) Funny Farm (Album) Drag City US 1993 Sell This Version
King Kong (3) - Me Hungry album art King Kong (3) Me Hungry (Album) Drag City US 1995 Sell This Version
King Kong (3) - Kingdom Of Kong album art King Kong (3) Kingdom Of Kong (Album) Drag City US 1997 Sell This Version
SN9 King Kong (3) - Breeding Ground album art King Kong (3) Breeding Ground(CD, Album) Sea Note SN9 US 2001 Sell This Version
King Kong (3) - The Big Bang album art King Kong (3) The Big Bang (Album) Drag City US 2002 Sell This Version
DC324CD King Kong (3) - Buncha Beans album art King Kong (3) Buncha Beans(CD, Album) Drag City DC324CD US 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

King Kong (3) - Movie Star album art King Kong (3) Movie Star (EP) Not On Label (King Kong (3) Self-released) US 1989 Sell This Version
TF04 King Kong (3) - Bring It On album art King Kong (3) Bring It On(7") Trash Flow Records TF04 US 1990 Sell This Version
DC058 King Kong (3) - Hot Dog Days album art King Kong (3) Hot Dog Days(7") Drag City DC058 US 1994 Sell This Version


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April 24, 2012
Following the release of Kentucky underground post-rock pioneers Slint's 1989 debut EP, Ethan Buckler packed-up his bass and went on to found King Kong. After picking up the guitar, recruiting Willie McClean on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums & Amy Greenwood on backing vocals, Buckler's original concept was to frame the band's sound in a similar dance vein to The B-52s. Following their self-released 1989 debut single, Movie Star, the band garnered the attention of Trash Flow Records, who released their 1990 follow-up, Bring It On / The Boy. In 1991, King Kong moved to the Homestead Records stable and released their debut album Old Man on the Bridge; whose title track received considerable college radio airplay.

After appearing at the Lollopalooza festival & being covered in a Spin Magazine feature story, King Kong began receiving nationwide attention. In 1995, they released their 'magnus opus' Me Hungry; a prehistoric rock opera that conceptualized the unbridled love between a caveman and a yak. Following 1997's Kingdom of Kong and their first European tour to support the album, the band went into hiatus. During his 4 years on break, Buckler worked as a dishwasher and at Churchill Downs horse track. In 2002, the band re-emerged and released The Big Bang. A long-delayed follow-up came half a decade later, with the band returning to their original sound on Buncha Beans.

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