The Spinanes

After two singles for the local indie label IMP Records, the grunge flagship label Sub Pop took notice of The Spinanes in 1992 and signed them. 1993 saw the release of their debut album "Manos," which made it to the number one spot on the U.S. college radio charts, helped by the success of the single "Noel, Jonah and Me," which went into rotation on MTV's 120 Minutes, among others. Instead of building on this success, however, Gates and Poulf tended to withdraw from the spotlight in the years that followed, with the exception of a few compilation contributions, preferring to make guest appearances. Rebecca Gates can be heard on albums by Elliott Smith and Ben Lee, while Scott Plouf helped out with Team Dresch and Beck.

Around 1996, the second Spinanes album was to be undertaken; however, Plouf had in the meantime received a request from Built to Spill to join them as a drummer, which complicated the work on the original duo. After the album, titled "Strand," was released, Scott Plouf finally dropped out to become a full member of Built to Spill. Rebecca Gates then moved to Chicago, got involved in the music scene there and eventually found new fellow musicians for the Spinanes, which from 1997 also included bassist Joanna Bolme (later with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, among others) and drummer Jerry Busher. In this line-up and under the direction of John McEntire (Tortoise) and with guest appearance of Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) the third and last Spinanes album "Arches and Aisles" was recorded in 1998. Gates kept the band active until 2000 and has been releasing solo since then. In the same year the rare collection "Imp Years" was released on the Superchunk label Merge Records.


SP 227A The Spinanes - Manos album art The Spinanes Manos (Album) Sub Pop SP 227A US 1993 Sell This Version
spcd 345 The Spinanes - Strand album art The Spinanes Strand (Album) Sub Pop spcd 345 US 1996 Sell This Version
SP 417 The Spinanes - Arches And Aisles album art The Spinanes Arches And Aisles (Album) Sub Pop SP 417 US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IMP008 The Spinanes - Rummy album art The Spinanes Rummy(7", Single) Imp Records (4) IMP008 US 1992 Sell This Version
IMP005 The Spinanes - Suffice album art The Spinanes Suffice(7", Single) IMP Records (4) IMP005 US 1992 Sell This Version
SP 113/291 The Spinanes - Spitfire album art The Spinanes Spitfire (Single) Sub Pop SP 113/291 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
SUB PROCD#21 The Spinanes - Noel, Jonah And Me album art The Spinanes Noel, Jonah And Me (Single) Sub Pop SUB PROCD#21 US 1994 Sell This Version
SUB PROCD#24 The Spinanes - Sunday album art The Spinanes Sunday(CD, Single, Promo) Sub Pop SUB PROCD#24 US 1994 Sell This Version
Sub ProCD#47 The Spinanes - Lines And Lines (Remix) album art The Spinanes Lines And Lines (Remix)(CD, Single, Promo) Sub Pop Sub ProCD#47 US 1996 Sell This Version
SP 317, sp 317 The Spinanes - Madding album art The Spinanes Madding(7", Single) Sub Pop, Sub Pop SP 317, sp 317 US 1996 Sell This Version
SP 401 The Spinanes - All Sold Out album art The Spinanes All Sold Out(7", Single) Sub Pop SP 401 US 1999 Sell This Version


MRG160 The Spinanes - Imp Years album art The Spinanes Imp Years(CD, Comp) Merge Records MRG160 US 2000 Sell This Version


sub procd#69 The Spinanes - The Spinanes album art The Spinanes The Spinanes(CD, Promo, Smplr) Sub Pop sub procd#69 US 1998 Sell This Version