Cop Shoot Cop
Cop Shoot Cop (1987-1996): a Punk band from New York, New York, USA.
op Shoot Cop was an industrial rock group, usually considered as a kind of punk rock, founded in New York City in 1987 with a distinctive instrumental lineup featuring twin bass guitars, 'found' metal percussion, and no lead guitar. The group had little mainstream success outside of college radio where they obtained a kind of cult following. They started as a trio of Tod A. (vocals/bass guitar), David Ouimet (keyboards/sampler) and Phil Puleo on drums and "metal" (he incorporated various found objects into his drum set); Tod and Puleo had earlier played the short-lived Providence, Rhode Island group, Dig Dat Hole, with guitarist John Rose.
Cop Shoot Cop's initial attempts to promote themselves involved the use of posters stating only "CopShootCop" around New York; observers often thought the posters were a political protest against police brutality.
Cop Shoot Cop then added Jack Natz (bass; ex-The Undead) leaving Tod to sing, but this experiment was short lived due to popular demand forcing Tod to start playing bass again along with Natz.
Consumer Revolt (1990), White Noise (1991) and Ask Questions Later (1993) would result.
During this time, Ouimet rejoined and left the group several times; Jim Coleman was recruited to replace him on sampler, and on their last recording, they surprised fans by recruiting guitarist Steve McMillen.
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That last recording, Release (1994), met with some internal strife between the band and the label. Tod claimed the group had been treated poorly by the label 'Interscope', and tried to stop the company from releasing it but the other band members disagreed, refusing to throw away all the efforts from the $150,000 recording sessions. The remaining members attempted to complete the work, but 'Interscope' refused the new material and chose to release the album as-is; that extra material eventually found its way onto the Red Expendables EP posthumously in 1997 because after supporting tours, the act broke up in 1996.
Footnote: A limited edition (300 copies) Japanese recording of the band live is known to exist titled Live at CBGB.
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