Steel Pole Bath Tub

Steel Pole Bath Tub
Steel Pole Bath Tub
Background information
Also known as S.P.B.T., Steelpole Bathtub
Origin Bozeman, Montana
Genres Hardcore punk
Noise rock
Years active 1986–2002
Labels Boner
Your Choice
Slash, Zero To One
Associated acts Milk Cult
Tumor Circus
Mr. Epp & The Calculations
Mike Morasky
Dale Flattum
Darren Mor-X

Steel Pole Bath Tub was a hardcore punk/noise rock band, formed in 1986 in Bozeman, Montana by Mike Morasky (guitar/vocals) and Dale Flattum (bass/vocals).


Band history

Morasky and Flattum moved the band to Seattle, Washington where Darren Mor-X (drums) joined the band, before they all moved to San Francisco, California.[when?] The band became known for their chaotic, noisy style and frequent use of television and movie samples, with several 7" singles and albums on Boner Records, before being signed to Slash Records and releasing their major label debut in 1995. Their signing to Slash was part of a mid-1990s free-for-all signing bonanza of alternative rock bands, particularly bands from the Northwestern United States in the wake of the surprising commercial success Geffen Records had with Nirvana, many of which ended in creative and ownership conflicts. Steel Pole Bath Tub and Slash's relationship was no different. The only album they ever released on Slash contained very few samples, which had previously been a staple of the band, at the insistence of Slash's legal department. The band hoped their second album for Slash would be a cover of The Cars' first album in its entirety, but the label would not allow that idea and then deemed the demos the band submitted (which contained three Cars covers) unlistenable and refused to release them. The band wouldn't release any more significant material until the rights to the music they recorded for Slash would revert to them 2002. In 2002, the band released those recordings as the album "Unlistenable", the title a play on a Slash executives comments on the material and reformed to play the Beyond the Pale festival at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco in November 2002, where they co-headlined with Neurosis and Tarantula Hawk.[1] They reunited to play a show at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon on September 4, 2008 as a part of MusicFestNW.

The group's song "Train to Miami," from the album The Miracle of Sound in Motion, was featured in a November 2008 television ad for the PC and Xbox 360 game, Left 4 Dead.[2] Mike Morasky is also responsible for writing and performing the songs by the fictional band Midnight Riders in the game's sequel, Left 4 Dead 2.

Darren Mor-X

Side projects

The band joined with Jello Biafra to form the group Tumor Circus, releasing a self-titled album in 1991.

Milk Cult, with Morasky and Flattum (and sound man Eric Holland) using the names The Bumblebee and C.C. Nova, released 4 albums between 1992 and 2000. Their last album, Project M13, was the result of an invitation from the French Government to be guests of the La Friche Art Collective in Marseille.[3]

Dale Flattum

Novex, a Dale Flattum and Darren Mor-X project, recorded with Vern and Justin at the Unwound farm, released as Kleptophonica (2002).[4]

Pink Teeth, a project including Dale Flattum and Zak Sally of Low.


Steel Pole Bath Tub

  • 1987 - We Own Drrrills (EP, self-released)
  • 1989 - Butterfly Love (Boner Records)
  • 1989 - Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More/I Dreamed, I Dream (split single with The Melvins)
  • 1990 - Lurch (EP, Boner)
  • 1991 - Tulip (Boner)
  • 1991 - Live (EP, Your Choice Records)
  • 1993 - Best of Steel Pole Bathtub (Sento)
  • 1993 - The Miracle of Sound in Motion (Boner/Tupelo)
  • 1993 - Your Choice Live Series 019 (Your Choice Records)
  • 1994 - Some Cocktail Suggestions ... From Steel Pole Bath Tub! (EP, Boner/Tupelo)
  • 1995 - Scars From Falling Down (Slash Records/London)
  • 1995 - Tragedy Ecstasy Doom and So On (EP, Genius)
  • 2001 - Unlistenable (Zero to One)
  • 2010 - Unlistenable - VINYL (Permanent Records)

Tumor Circus

Milk Cult

  • 1992 - Love God (Boner/Tupelo)
  • 1994 - Burn or Bury (Basural/Priority, feat. Mike Patton)
  • 1996 - Bruce Lee Marvin Gaye (ZK)
  • 2000 - Project M13 (Zero to One)

C.C. Nova

  • 1994 - Milk Cult C.C. Nova Dispatch (Communion)

Mike Morasky


  1. ^ "Beyond the Pale, Day 3". DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ The Second Left 4 Dead commercial, via YouTube
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Project M-13". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Allmusic - Novex". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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