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Claw Hammer was an American indie rock band from California. Claw Hammer formed in 1986 in Long Beach, California; its members were from several neighboring municipalities.[1] Their name was taken from a Captain Beefheart song.[2] The group released a cassette and some small-issue EPs and singles before signing to Sympathy for the Record Industry, who released their debut LP, an eponymous effort, in 1990. In 1991 they did an album entirely covering Devo's 1978 Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!. The group signed to Epitaph Records for their 1993 release, Pablum. In 1994, Claw Hammer performed as the backing band on Wayne Kramer's Epitaph release, The Hard Stuff. Jumping to major label Interscope, they released two more LPs, the last being 1997's Hold Your Tongue (and Say Apple). The group played live until 2000.[3]

Claw Hammer
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Indie rock, punk blues, noise rock
Years active 1986–2000
Labels Sympathy for the Record Industry
Epitaph Records
Interscope Records
Past members Jon Wahl
Chris Bagarozzi
Rob Walther
Rick Sortwell
Bob Lee

A reunion show was held on September 13, 2013 at The Echo in Echo Park, Los Angeles.





  • Queen's Lead Helmet (1997)


  1. ^ Interview. Flipside Magazine No. 69 (1990). Mirror at Accessed January 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Claw Hammer at Trouser Press
  3. ^ Review of Ramwhale. Allmusic.

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