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Question The Answers Podcast: Episode #22 – Chris Appelgren

Chris Appelgren takes us back to the East Bay and recalls his time with the iconic Lookout! Records

This week, Andy is joined by Chris Appelgren. Chris took the reins at Lookout Records in 1997 after founder Larry Livermore decided he wanted to move on from owning the label. Having worked for Lookout for several years and doing artwork for a grip of the bands on the label, it seemed like a great opportunity.

Under his watch (along with co-owners Molly Neuman and Cathy Bauer), Lookout managed to keep serving up tasty Punk Rock records from label vets like The Mr. T Experience and Screeching Weasel, to more angular Indie-Rock bands like Pretty Girls Make Graves and Engine Down.

Unfortunately, due to a downward trend in album sales, and being unable to fulfill some royalty obligations to some of the label’s top selling bands (Green Day, Operation Ivy, etc.), the label had to close shop in 2012. But man, what a run!

Besides being co-owner of one of the most iconic Punk Rock labels of all time, Chris Appelgren is also a musician. He was the front person for The Pattern and The Peechees, played drums in The Potatomen, among other projects. Nowadays, he continues to work with bands doing graphic art for the likes of The Once and Future Band, and also has a musical project with friends covering obscure songs from the 60s and 70s.

During this episode, we discuss his time with Lookout Records, as well as his time performing in The Pattern. We also discuss some of his favorite artists and he gives me his 5 desert island albums.

You can find music from The Pattern, The Peechees and The Potatomen on Spotify

To hear music from some of the bands mentioned on this episode, as well as our other episodes, checkout our official Spotify Playlist (and be sure to click that ‘Follow’ button).

Question The Answers Podcast is hosted by Andy Pohl, who is the founder of Sell The Heart Records and the guitar player for Tsunami Bomb. Every week we will be presenting a brand new episode featuring an individual that has made a contribution to the independent music scene in some way. Check back here on Wednesdays for a premiere of each episode, and you’ll also be able to find us on Spotify, Apple Music, Stitcher and other audio podcast streaming services in the days following the initial premiere.

Take a deep dive into the independent music scene. The Question The Answers podcast features interviews with creative people working together in the scene.

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