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The Shrubs began in 1984 when Spike and RJ, college classmates originally from upstate New York, started jamming in the basement of Spike’s mother’s house. Their mutual influences were the Police, Rush, and XTC, among others. Later, an acquaintance introduced Charlie to the guys. After jamming for a while, the trio decided they needed an identity. They came up with The Shrubs after dismissing other names like “Dumpster Juice” & “Piggy Pucker.” They also found a new practice home in the basement of a friend’s house and soon played at parties there, other house parties, bars, and even the local Rod and Gun Club. The trio started writing and recording their music, producing three albums. They were entitled “Another Day Goes By…”, “One Happy Zucchini,” and “Who’s Cow’s in the Hoosegow.” The band went on hiatus in the ’90s when RJ moved to San Diego. In 2007, Spike and Charlie started recording and mixing parts of old and new songs while RJ connected remotely to record and mix. With the advent of social media and new web-based technologies, The Shrubs have found a new following of fans from around the globe.