Common Rider

Common Rider was a ska punk band, formed in 1999 by Jesse Michaels (guitar, vocals), Mass Giorgini (bass) and Dan Lumley (drums). The band's name is taken from a Japanese TV show, Kamen Rider (Kamen Rider means "Masked Rider" in Japanese.)

The band released two full-length albums and one EP. Last Wave Rockers was released in 1999 on Lookout! Records. Thief In a Sleeping Town EP was also released on Lookout! Records in 2001 and featured Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (guitar/backing vocals). The band released This Is Unity Music on Hopeless Records in 2002. The band toured the US extensively the same year, including the 2002 Plea For Peace tour, sponsored by Asian Man Records. On the tour, Phillip Hill (from Teen Idols and also a major contributor on the album This is Unity Music) played guitar, along with Joe Mizzi. The band's last release was a split with Against All Authority in April 2005, containing outtakes from 2002's This Is Unity Music.

The band broke up in 2003. In 2005, bassist and producer Mass Giorgini went to Australia to record an album for Brisbane-based reggae/ska outfit Scarred Hope; he has also performed with Dan Lumley in the band Squirtgun. Michaels has continued to perform sporadically and to produce art. In late 2008, Michaels emerged with a new band named Classics of Love, after the Common Rider song.

Common Rider
OriginBerkeley, California, U.S.
GenresPunk rock, reggae, indie rock, ska punk
Years active1999–2003
LabelsLookout!, Hopeless
Associated actsClassics of Love
Operation Ivy
Screeching Weasel
MembersJesse Michaels
Mass Giorgini
Dan Lumley


Albums and EPs

Year Title Label Other information
1999 Last Wave Rockers Lookout! Records / Panic Button Debut Album
2001 Thief in a Sleeping Town EP Lookout! Records 7" vinyl with four songs, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day played guitar
2002 This Is Unity Music Hopeless Phillip Hill, Matt Demeester, Kevin Sierzega, Jimmy Lucido, Ray Moses, Joe Mizzi, members of Alkaline Trio, and many more, contributed to this record.
2005 Common Rider/Against All Authority split Hopeless Split EP with punk band Against All Authority containing four songs from the This Is Unity Music sessions that did not make it onto the record.


Year Title Label Contributing Track(s)
2000 Might As Well ... Can't Dance Adeline Records "Thief In A Sleeping Town"
2000 Lookout! Freakout Lookout! / Panic Button "Carry On", "Signal Signal (Alternative Version)"
2001 Lookout! Freakout - Episode 2 Lookout! / Panic Button "Am I On My Own"
2002 Every Dog Will Have Its Day Adeline Records "Blackbirds vs Crows"
2002 Hopelessly Devoted To You - Volume 4 Hopeless "Small Pebble"
2001 1157 Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial For Amadou Diallo Failed Experiment "Longshot"
2002 Plea For Peace / Take Action Volume 2 Sub City "PSA" (Jesse Michaels only), "Longshot"
2003 Operation: Punk Rock Freedom Hopeless/Sub City "Firewall"
2004 Hopelessly Devoted To You - Volume 5 Hopeless "Where The Waves Are Highest"
Against All Authority

Against All Authority (often abbreviated -AAA-) was an American punk band, formed in Florida in 1992. Playing in the ska punk style, their business practice follows a stringent DIY ethic. Since their disbandment, Joe has started A Jam Records with friend Dave Santos. They have been signing local punk and alternative acts in Florida, most recently Pop Punk band Dial Drive from Orlando, Florida

Against All Authority / Common Rider

Common Rider/Against All Authority Split is a split album featuring songs by Against All Authority and Common Rider.

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio is an American rock band from McHenry, Illinois. The band consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist and co-vocalist Dan Andriano, and drummer Derek Grant. Founded in late 1996 by Skiba, bassist Rob Doran, and drummer Glenn Porter, Alkaline Trio released its debut single, "Sundials", in 1997. Following its release, Doran departed from the band and was replaced by Andriano. The band subsequently recorded an EP, For Your Lungs Only (1998), and its debut studio album, Goddamnit (1998). Following the release of the band's second album, Maybe I'll Catch Fire (2000), Porter left the band and was replaced by Mike Felumlee for its subsequent album, From Here to Infirmary (2001).

Backed by the singles "Stupid Kid" and "Private Eye", From Here to Infirmary significantly increased the band's exposure, and its follow-up, Good Mourning (2003), charted highly on the Billboard 200. Good Mourning marked the recording debut of current drummer Derek Grant. In 2005, the band released Crimson which expanded upon the band's punk rock influences, with prominent overdubs and additional instrumentation, and continued with this direction on Agony & Irony (2008), which was released on Epic Records.

In 2010, the band released This Addiction on its own label Heart & Skull and Epitaph. Recorded in the band's home town of Chicago, with early producer Matt Allison, the album was a conscious effort by the band to return to their punk rock roots; it became the highest charting album of their career, debuting on the Billboard 200 at No. 11. In 2011, the band celebrated its 15-year anniversary with the release of Damnesia, which featured new, acoustic-based recordings of songs from across the band's career. The band's eighth studio album, My Shame Is True, was released on April 2, 2013.

Their ninth album, Is This Thing Cursed? was released on August 31, 2018.

Big Rig (band)

Big Rig was a punk band from the San Francisco Bay Area fronted by singer/songwriter Jesse Michaels. Michaels performed with the group after the breakup of his previous project, Operation Ivy, and before forming the band Common Rider.

Big Rig released one 4-song, 9-minute EP entitled Expansive Heart in 1994 on Lookout! Records.

Classics of Love

Classics of Love was an American punk rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area, formed in 2008. The band was together until 2012 and consisted of singer Jesse Michaels (formerly of Operation Ivy, Big Rig, and Common Rider) with guitarist Mike Huguenor, bassist Morgan Herrell, and drummer Max Feshbach (who comprise San Jose punk trio Hard Girls). Signed to Asian Man Records, Classics of Love released their debut, the Walking in Shadows EP, in 2009, followed by a single in 2010 and an eponymously titled album in 2012.

The band's music goes back to while Michaels was doing solo acoustic shows and was approached by Mike Park of Asian Man Records about recording the songs in a studio. Michaels decided to do the recordings with a full band and recruited Feshbach, Herrell, and Huguenor. The group named themselves Classics of Love (a name known from the opening track of Last Wave Rockers, recorded by Jesse Michaels' band Common Rider) and recorded the six song EP "Walking in Shadows".

After playing initial shows in California, the band went on a European tour in the spring of 2009. While playing in Southampton, United Kingdom they had equipment stolen from them. The band announced that when they returned from Europe they planned on starting writing on a full-length album.Their first full-length album was released on February 14, 2012. The album was self-titled and featured the same lineup as their EP. The band became less active due to lead singer Jesse Michaels attending school in Los Angeles, but assured fans they were not broken up. Michaels now refers to the band in the past tense, calling them "a band I was in".

Hopeless Records

Hopeless Records is an American independent record label in Van Nuys, California.

Jesse Michaels

Jesse Michaels is a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, artist, and author from Berkeley, California. He is the son of the author Leonard Michaels and was married to producer Audrey Marrs. His lyrics deal with politics, racism, and general social issues. He is most well known as the vocalist for the ska punk band Operation Ivy.

Last Wave Rockers

Last Wave Rockers is the debut album by Common Rider, released in 1999.

Life insurance

Life insurance (or life assurance, especially in the Commonwealth of Nations) is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer or assurer, where the insurer promises to pay a designated beneficiary a sum of money (the benefit) in exchange for a premium, upon the death of an insured person (often the policy holder). Depending on the contract, other events such as terminal illness or critical illness can also trigger payment. The policy holder typically pays a premium, either regularly or as one lump sum. Other expenses, such as funeral expenses, can also be included in the benefits.

Life policies are legal contracts and the terms of the contract describe the limitations of the insured events. Specific exclusions are often written into the contract to limit the liability of the insurer; common examples are claims relating to suicide, fraud, war, riot, and civil commotion.

Modern life insurance bears some similarity to the asset management industry and life insurers have diversified their products into retirement products such as annuities.Life-based contracts tend to fall into two major categories:

Protection policies – designed to provide a benefit, typically a lump sum payment, in the event of a specified occurrence. A common form—more common in years past—of a protection policy design is term insurance.

Investment policies – the main objective of these policies is to facilitate the growth of capital by regular or single premiums. Common forms (in the U.S.) are whole life, universal life, and variable life policies.

List of ska musicians

This is a list of notable bands and musicians who performed primarily ska or ska-influenced music for a significant portion of their careers.


Longshot or long shot may refer to:

a contender (such as a racehorse) that appears to have little or no chance of winning

long shot, in photography and film, a shot that shows an entire object

a desired outcome that has little chance of occurring

Mass Giorgini

Massimiliano Adelmo "Mass" Giorgini (born 1968) is an Italian-American bassist and record producer, who rose to fame when several of the bands he produced experienced huge gains in popularity during the pop-punk boom on the mid-‘90s. Among these bands was Giorgini's own Squirtgun, which received minor MTV rotation and several soundtrack appearances in major films in the 1990s. Mass Giorgini is also the son of renowned Italian artist Aldo Giorgini.

Operation Ivy (band)

Operation Ivy was an American punk rock band from Berkeley, California formed in May 1987. The band was stylistically important as one of the first bands to mix the elements of hardcore punk and ska into a new amalgam called ska punk and was critical to the emergence of Lookout Records and the so-called "East Bay Sound."

The band's name was derived from the Operation Ivy series of nuclear tests in 1952. Although the band released just one full-length album before breaking up in May 1989, Operation Ivy is well remembered as the direct antecedent of

popular band Rancid and for wielding a lasting stylistic influence over numerous other bands.

Panic Button Records

Panic Button Records was a record label which was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. It was co-owned by Ben Weasel and John Jughead, both members of Screeching Weasel. In 1998 the label was purchased by Lookout! Records when Screeching Weasel re-signed to Lookout!.

Phillip Hill

Phillip Hill is an American bass and guitar player. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 3, 1972. He has been involved in several pop punk bands, including Teen Idols, Screeching Weasel, The Independents, Common Rider, Even in Blackouts, The Queers and the Kobanes. Hill is also a skilled vocalist. He has worked extensively as a recording engineer. His audio engineering credentials appear on numerous albums with a wide spectrum of musical styles, from the pop-punk sounds of bands such as Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Screeching Weasel and his own band, Teen Idols, to the heavy, "death metal" sounds of Human Filleted and Catatonic Atrocity, as well as the country-roots, folksy-blues sounds of The Clayton Miller Blues Band and Appalachian String Band.

Hill grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in a musical surrounding, he was picking out tunes on the piano before he could walk and learned his first chords on guitar at the age of 3. Hill formed his first band at the age of 13, and within a few years was playing professional concerts around the Southeast as a hired guitarist or bass guitarist in various hard rock bands. Hill founded his own band, Teen Idols, at the age of 19 in the spring of 1992. The band was soon topping the local college radio charts with its first recording.

Hill graduated from Hillsboro Comprehensive High School in 1992 with awards in recording sciences and musicianship under the instruction of the Grand Ole Opry soundman, Vic Gabany. After high school, he worked as an assistant audio engineer on the live television broadcast of the Miss Tennessee Beauty Pageant. At the age of 20, he was hired in an audio/visual position at Nashville's premier amusement park, Opryland U.S.A.. While at Opryland, Hill worked as a video switcher on the stage production of Hee Haw Live, as well as running a spotlight for such performers as George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, Tanya Tucker and the Oak Ridge Boys.

After assisting in the engineering of Teen Idols recordings at the Sonic Iguana Studios in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1996, Hill was offered a job as an engineer by the producer Mass Giorgini. This position led Hill to move to Lafayette, where he soon became involved with many studio projects in the pop-punk musical genre.

Hill moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he currently resides. He is currently a freelance producer/engineer and is also playing bass guitar for the indie/acoustic-punk band, Even In Blackouts.

In December 2009, after a short tour with the Kobanes, Hill was hospitalized with four broken ribs and a collapsed lung after trying to stop four men from beating up a girl in a parking lot. Because he lacked health insurance, an account was set up to help raise money for his medical bills.


Squirtgun is an American punk rock band from Lafayette, Indiana formed by record producer Mass Giorgini in 1993.


Supermoto or Supermotard is a form of motorcycle racing held on race tracks that alternate between three kinds of track surfaces: the hard packed dirt of flat track, the irregular jumps and obstacles of motocross, and the paved tarmac of road racing. Supermoto was originally conceived by Gavin Trippe in 1979 as a segment of the TV show Wide World of Sports. It was something like an all-star game, in which the best riders from the three separate genres of motorcycle racing could temporarily leave their normal race class to come together and compete for the title of best all around racer. Today supermoto is a distinct genre of its own and riders in the other classes do not routinely cross over into supermoto.

Races are commonly held on road racing or medium-sized go-kart tracks with an off-road section in the infield. Most supermoto race tracks have a tarmac size of 50-75% and the remaining percentage of the course is off-road. The dirt sections are usually constructed of packed clay and feature motocross style obstacles like bermed corners and jumps. This type of racing is also very portable in that an entire track can be constructed anywhere there is a large area of open asphalt and an availability of dirt. Supermoto races have also been successfully held in busy urban centers using closed city streets for the road course and a vacant lot for the dirt sections.

The motorcycles used are frequently custom-created combinations of off-road motorcycles and road-racing wheels/tires, known as 'supermotard' bikes. Riders also wear a combination of road race and offroad equipment, normally road racing leathers and motocross helmets and boots. Unlike normal motorcycle racing, the emphasis lies on slower speeds—typically less than 100 mph or 160 km/h— on short, technical tracks. Here, where flat-out acceleration and high top-speeds are less common, rider skill can more easily overcome a disparity in machine performance.

The Beautiful Mistake

The Beautiful Mistake is a rock band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2000, the band released two full-length albums: the 2002 debut album, Light A Match, For I Deserve To Burn, and 2004's This Is Who You Are. They also released two EPs and had various songs featured on different compilation albums.

Formed by Josh Hagquist and Shawn Grover following the breakup of their previous band, Ember, the band went through numerous member changes with Hagquist (vocals–guitar) remaining the constant in each incarnation of the band. The Beautiful Mistake released albums on SideCho Records, The Militia Group and Reignition Records and had songs and videos featured on Victory Records and Hopeless Records. The band also had their two full-length albums re-released in Europe on Sorepoint/Eat Sleep Records and in Asia on Bigmouth Japan. The Beautiful Mistake toured with numerous hardcore, punk and rock bands including Further Seems Forever, Brand New, Hopesfall, Elliott, Funeral For A Friend, As Cities Burn, Fall Out Boy, Senses Fail, Moneen, Every Time I Die, Open Hand, Glasseater, Brandtson, Anberlin, The Myriad, Copeland, and Emery to name a few. They were also able to share the stage with bands like Snapcase, Shelter, Common Rider, Underoath, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, and Boysetsfire during their extensive touring of the U.S. They also made repeated appearances at CMJ fest in New York and SXSW in Austin Texas. They also had songs featured on numerous television shows on Mtv, Vh1 and the WB network. In 2005 The Beautiful Mistake were included in the movie "Bastards of Young" released on Art & Industry Films. The movie showcased the growing post-hardcore DIY music scene and also included interviews and performances from Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Midtown, Jimmy Eat World, and Armor For Sleep. Interviews were taped at the annual Surf & Skate Festival in New Jersey in 2004.

The Beautiful Mistake played its last full-band show at Purple Door fest in Pennsylvania in 2005. Josh, Shawn and Armin Tchami reunited for an acoustic set at Tomfest 2008 and played songs from every release.

Since 2006, Hagquist has played guitar in The Midwinters, from San Diego, and bass guitar in The Lassie Foundation, from Los Angeles. He also was the touring guitarist for Project 86 in 2011, and has played with them since 2017. Josh also plays guitar in The Stranger Kings from Orange County, California.

TBM guitarist Shawn Grover was in a band from Eugene, Oregon called Moher. Josh Quesada plays in a band from Longmont, Co called Francis and the Wolf. Jon Berndtson played guitar and performed vocals in two bands from Minneapolis, Minnesota called Get Young and Years Spent.

The Beautiful Mistake (Josh Hagquist, Shawn Grover, Jon Berndtson, Josh Quesada) played two reunion shows in Southern California in late March. The first show was at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, and the second was at Brick By Brick in San Diego. The Beautiful Mistake is currently working on new songs. Included in the line-up is original guitar player, Steve Dunlap.

The album This Is Who You Are peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and No. 22 on the Billboard Top Independent chart.Derek Hess created the original piece of artwork for the cover of The Beautiful Mistake / Ettison Clio Split EP on Reignition Records. (Released in 2006)

This Is Unity Music

This Is Unity Music is the second full-length album by Common Rider, released in 2002.

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