Chocolate USA

Chocolate USA
Chocolate USA
Origin Tampa Bay, Florida
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1989–1994
Labels Bar/None Records
Associated acts Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel
Past members
Julian Koster
Liza Wakeman
Keith Block
Alan Edwards
Paul Wells
George Harris
Gerry Hammill
Chris Irvin
Bill Cullen Hart
Eric Harris
Jesse Rogers

Chocolate USA was an American indie rock band from Tampa Bay, Florida formed in 1989 as Miss America. The band featured Julian Koster who went on to join The Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel.



The band formed as Miss America in 1989 with Koster as singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter, Liza Wakeman (violin), Alan Edwards (guitar), Paul Wells (bass guitar), and Keith Block (drums).[1] After self-releasing cassettes to fans via their "Chocolaty Good Smash Hit of the Month Club", they released debut album All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today themselves. It was reissued in 1992 by Bar/None Records.[1] All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today was released under the Chocolate USA banner after Miss America made legal threats.[1] By this time Wells and Edwards had left with George Harris, Gerry Hammill, and Chris Irvin being drafted in.[1] The lo-fi band released a second album under Bar/None entitled Smoke Machine in 1994, this time with core members Koster, Wakeman, and Block joined by Bill Cullen Hart, Eric Harris, and Jesse Rogers, before disbanding for other, ultimately more successful, projects. Their sound can be described as quirky, and containing many different sorts of instrumentation, which is a trait that went with Koster into The Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel; present in their releases are Guitars, Bass Guitars, Standup Basses, Accordions, Concertinas, Rattles, drums, robot sound effects [specifically on Smoke Machine], organs, toy pianos, banjos, and numerous other instruments.



  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 673-4

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