They jammed and played some original songs at a few parties once billed as Pippi Longstocking and the Trunk-of-Funk , but soon Isaac and Mike were lured away by the prospect of playing Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction covers at big parties as the rhythm section of the Keystones. Meanwhile, Tim and Greg played acoustic guitars and sang harmonies to songstress Ali Weiss in the mellow trio Ali and the Cats.
They jammed and played some original songs at a few parties once billed as Pippi Longstocking and the Trunk-of-Funk , but soon Isaac and Mike were lured away by the prospect of playing Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction covers at big parties as the rhythm section of the Keystones.
Meanwhile, Tim and Greg played acoustic guitars and sang harmonies to songstress Ali Weiss in the mellow trio Ali and the Cats.
These bands played throughout , but in early , Tim, Greg, Isaac and Mike got back together and got serious about being a rock band. They began playing original songs rather than covers.
The band released Back to the Grotto in February They did more recording and mixing on Back to the Grotto for its American re-release March and set out to record a follow-up. Released in August , Part-Timer Goes Full included new songs as well as tunes from their back catalog. American Recordings decided the song "Shut the Door" would be released as the first single, but this decision did not go over well with some fans, who thought the song was not representative of their sound.
While the song didn't top any charts, the fanbase grew due to touring, including a concert at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds with 2, tickets sold. Their third album Shootout was recorded in early and released in October of that year. American Records failed to promote the album and eventually dropped the band from their roster. Changes and later days Their music shifted direction around , with shorter, radio-friendly songs, instead of longer multiple sectioned songs.
They started to get into basic country-style songwriting, but it didn't fit with drummer Mike Wofchuck's style, so they replaced him with John Hofer, formerly of The Freewheelers. In , the band members moved out of the Chestnut Street house in Chico, to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they are currently based. They recorded the stripped-down Later Days album and self-released it in May They continued playing frequently, focusing mostly on California cities, with occasional jaunts to Utah or the Pacific Northwest.
They self-recorded another album, the more pop-oriented Green Hills of Earth. Indie label Future Farmer liked the album and released it, but, again, the album did not promote the band to their desired popularity.
Bassist Isaac Parsons left the band in March , to spend more time with his son. In September , Greg Loiacono, lead guitarist, decided he too needed a break, and the band went on indefinite hiatus after two shows at Slim's in San Francisco in February Hiatus During the hiatus, Tim Bluhm was the most active musically.
He enlisted the Southern California band Five Foot Tuesday as backup, but played to smaller audiences. Greg also formed a band, the Sensations. Also in two documentaries about the Mother Hips were completed, Patrick Murphree's Stories We Could Tell, a detailing of the history of the Mother Hips, told by the Hips themselves, friends, and family, and Bill DeBlonk's This is the Sound, a compilation of footage from the band's entire career.
Post-hiatus Toward the end of the Mother Hips reunited and started playing shows again. Bassist Hoaglin, who had experienced long-term severe depression and anxiety, and who had become increasingly unenthusiastic, erratic, and unreliable, was fired from the band in late February , and temporarily replaced by former Frank Zappa and Fear bassist Scott Thunes. Hoaglin was asked to complete the remaining backing tracks for the group's next album, Behind Beyond, in August , and contributed various additional overdubs from home.
Hoaglin has subsequently retired permanently from music, due to physical and mental illnesses. In an interview in Relix magazine in September , Bluhm incorrectly asserted that Hoaglin quit the band. On May 14, , the band announced that their new album, 'Behind Beyond' would be released on July 9, The location for and was Fernwood Resort, with onsite camping. In addition to The Mother Hips performing both days, the guest roster has included California artists such as:
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