In its initial incarnation between 1989 and 1994, Squirmbo was the caffeine-addled fabrication of Hornraiser (Tony P), Jason the Unpopular (Jim S), Guttersnipe (Phil S) and Stygian (Mark S). The western Massachusetts collagists endured a deep esteem for the hypnotic pastels and unholy mersh of Steinski, Prince Paul, Nurse with Wound, Ghédalia Tazartès, RRRecords, Christian Marclay, Sentridoh, Gum and William Burroughs cut ups. They also spent 1001 sleepless nights ingesting the stuzzadelik detritus of the previous 80 years, including and especially Fletcher Henderson and Tav Falco-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Panther Burns. Along with Bushwick V (Mark V), the five chums simultaneously established and maintained Vertical Records between 1989 and 1994 (which is poorly represented in the digital realm at present and should not be confused with the multitude of other Vertical Records, then or now). Vert issued seismic crunk from Cop Shoot Cop, Sebadoh, Royal Trux, Suckdog, Merzbow, Jason Loewenstein-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Sparkalepsy (or Heather-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Overbite, opinions vary), Caroliner and eventually Squirmbo and related deformities The Fuck Orchestra, Do-ɬ±a Velasquez & The Gag Reflex and BLBAF. Approbation for Squirmbo from the fanzine masses of the time - including a centerpiece in Bananafish - bewildered the group, who were nevertheless delighted and showed it to their parents. Tragically, our brother Mark S returned to dust in a final selfless gesture in 1994, thereby ending Squirmbo and Vertical Records and drawing the so called -¢‚Ǩ-ìclassic era-جø¬--جø¬-? to a close. The remaining three Squirmbo members, again with Mark V, burrowed deep underground, only to emerge years later cloaked as professional normals who enthusiastically pay their taxes and quote Seinfeld episodes to the satisfaction of their urbane colleagues. The exception is Jim S, who publically resurrected Squirmbo in 2008 in a series of euphorically skunked videos available to all. -Vertical. "Special" edition packaged in a frisbee.