Malfunkshun is an alternative rock band formed on Easter Sunday in 1980 by Andrew Wood and his brother Kevin Wood and is often recognized as one of the "Founding Fathers of the grunge scene" or the "Godfathers of Grunge".[2] They formed around the same time bands such as The U-Men (1981), Melvins (1983), Green River (1984) and Soundgarden (1984).

OriginBainbridge Island, Washington
GenresAlternative rock, grunge[1], glam metal
Years active1980–1988, 2006–present
LabelsC/Z, Loosegroove, Wammybox Records
Associated actsMother Love Bone, Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed, Hater, Devilhead, Fire Ants, Kevin Wood & From the North, All Hail the Crown
WebsiteMalfunkshun's Website
MembersKevin Wood
Jeff Stark
BT Leach
Paul Lamb
Past membersAndrew Wood
Dave Rees
Dave Hunt
Regan Hagar
Jeff Loftis
Cory Kane
Shawn Smith
Mike Stone
Thorsten Rock
Gus McIntosh


Bainbridge Island, Washington brothers Andrew and Kevin Wood, along with Dave Hunt and Dave Rees formed Malfunkshun, originally as a four-piece. David Hunt and Dave Rees played with Malfunkshun for only one show, the former on drums and the latter on bass. After Rees and Hunt left, Andy took over bass and drummer Regan Hagar was recruited from Maggot Brains, establishing the band's definitive power trio lineup.

During performances, each band member had an alter ego. Andrew's was L'Andrew the Love Child, Kevin was Kevinstein and Regan became Thundarr. Kevin's stage persona wasn't as carved-in-stone as Andy's or Regan's, referred to sometimes as "the Axe-Handler" and even an early Malfunkshun poster [3] hand-drawn by Andy Wood names him "Led Springsteen". Using makeup and flashy glam-style clothing in a nod to KISS, and other favorite bands, Malfunkshun was known for their dynamic live shows. As L'andrew, Andy was unpredictable and would wander the crowd during shows with his wireless Steinberger bass, and even stop shows to eat cereal, and throw the rest out to the crowd. Andrew became increasingly involved with drugs and in 1985 he checked into drug rehab, during which time Malfunkshun was put on hold.

When Andy returned from rehab, the band started up again and contributed "With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hands)" and "Stars-n-You" to the Deep Six compilation by C/Z Records. Notwithstanding their densely distorted sound, Sub Pop, never took much interest in the band. Although they were beginning to gain popularity they rarely headlined for their own shows, and in 1990 Andy died from a heroin overdose.

Dissolving, but never formally disbanding, Malfunkshun took a back seat to the jam sessions Andy Wood and Regan Hagar had begun with Green River members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. These sessions were the beginnings of Lords Of The Wasteland, which would become Mother Love Bone after the addition of Greg Gilmore and Bruce Fairweather. Kevin formed Fire Ants in 1992 with his brother Brian, bassist Dan McDonald, and former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing. Later Kevin and Brian joined Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, to form Hater. The brothers later formed Devilhead. Hagar moved on, playing in Satchel, with Shawn Smith, and in Brad, also with Shawn Smith and with Stone Gossard.

A grouping of Malfunkshun demos and recordings from 1986-1987 were released on Stone Gossard and Regan Hagar's Loosegroove label in 1995, as Return to Olympus, which was the largest major label release of the band's material.

In 2005, a documentary entitled Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story,[4] debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival. The documentary is available on DVD in a boxed set with the reissued CD entitled Return to Olympus and the never before released Andrew Wood CD entitled Melodies and Dreams. This boxed set is a digipak set of 3 discs (1 DVD/2 CD's) entitled Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story released on July 19, 2011 by Universal Music Enterprises.

On October 24, 2006, surviving Malfunkshun members Kevin Wood and Regan Hagar, with vocalist Shawn Smith and bassist Cory Kane, began writing new music using lyrics written by Andrew Wood before his death, for the release a new album, after which they planned to go on tour. The band had originally intended to use the name Malfunkshun, soon changing it to Subfunkshun or The Subfunkshun Project, and eventually settling on From The North (Von Nord).[5]

At 3:33pm on Feb. 19, 2011 Malfunkshun announced on their website that Jeff Loftis would be taking over vocals for both Malfunkshun and From the North. On March 14, 2011 the Kevin and Jeff recorded the song "Jezebel Woman" and on March 19, 2011 recorded "Until the Ocean". They have posted both songs on YouTube under the name "Malfunkshun 2011". On May 15, 2011 Malfunkshun posted on their website, that Regan officially stepped down as the drummer, and on May 24, 2011 Malfunkshun posted on their website naming Mike Stone as Regan's replacement on drums, however Miles Freeborn substituted for Stone in March 2012 and has remained the band's drummer ever since. On May 9, 2012 Malfunkshun announced on their website that Rob Day had joined the band in place of Guy McIntosh, who had briefly replaced Cory Kane on bass for the band's autumn/winter tour dates.[6][7]


Current members
  • Kevin Wood – guitar (1980-1988, 2006–present)
  • Jeff Stark – lead vocals (2015–present)
  • Paul Lamb – bass guitar, Moog (2016–present)
  • Bradley BT Leach – drums (2015–present)
Former members
  • Andrew Wood – lead vocals, bass guitar (1980–1988; died 1990)
  • Dave Rees – bass guitar (1980)
  • Dave Hunt – drums (1980)
  • Regan Hagar – drums (1980–1988, 2006–2011)
  • Cory Kane – bass guitar (2006–2011)
  • Shawn Smith – lead vocals (2006–2011)
  • Mike Stone – drums (2011–2012)
  • Thorsten Rock – guitar (2006–2008)
  • Guy McIntosh – bass guitar (2011–2012)
  • Rob Day – bass guitar (2012–2016)
  • Jeff Loftis - lead vocals (2011–2016)




Compilation contributions

  • "With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hands)" and "Stars-N-You" on Deep Six (C/Z Records, 1986).
  • "My Only Fan" and "Shotgun Wedding" on Another Pyrrhic Victory: The Only Compilation Of Dead Seattle God Bands (C/Z Records, 1989).


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  2. ^ "FOX35 Website". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27.
  3. ^ "Malfunkshun flyer". Two Feet Thick: Pearl Jam for the impassioned fan.
  4. ^ "Malfunkshun:The Andrew Wood Story Website". Archived from the original on October 12, 2004.
  5. ^ Wood, Kevin. "Wammybox". Archived from the original on March 17, 2005.
  6. ^ "Malfunkshun Official News Website".
  7. ^

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Andrew Wood

Andrew or Andy Wood may refer to:

Andrew Wood of Largo (died 1515), Scottish admiral

Andrew Wood (bishop) (died 1695), Scottish prelate, Bishop of the Isles, 1678–1680, Bishop of Caithness, 1680–1688/9

Andrew Wood (surgeon) (1810–1881), Scottish surgeon

Andrew Trew Wood (1826–1903), Canadian businessman and parliamentarian

Andrew Wood (diplomat) (born 1940), British diplomat

Andy Wood (historian), British social historian, 1500 to present

Andrew Wood (singer) (1966–1990), lead singer of Mother Love Bone and Malfunkshun

Andy Wood (skeleton racer) (born 1979), British skeleton racer

Andy Wood (comedian) (born 1977), American comedian and producer

Andrew Wood (singer)

Andrew Patrick Wood (January 8, 1966 – March 19, 1990) was an American musician best known as the lead singer for alternative rock bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood was also known for his flamboyance.

Wood formed Malfunkshun in 1980 with his brother Kevin and Regan Hagar. The band used alter ego personas onstage, with Wood using the name Landrew the Love Child. Though the band only had two songs released, "With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hands)" and "Stars-n-You", on the Deep Six compilation album, they are often cited as being among the "founding fathers" of the Seattle's grunge movement. During his time in Malfunkshun, Wood started relying heavily on drugs, entering rehab in 1985.

By 1988, Malfunkshun had disbanded and Wood began jamming with Green River members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. They soon began writing original material and formed Mother Love Bone the same year, adding guitarist Bruce Fairweather (also a former member of Green River) and drummer Greg Gilmore to the lineup. The following year, the band signed a deal with PolyGram, issuing a six-song EP, Shine, before going on to tour, supporting The Dogs D'Amour. Towards the end of the year, the band recorded their debut album, Apple, which was scheduled for release in 1990.

Due to his struggle with drug addiction, Wood checked himself into rehab in 1989, hoping to get clean for the release of Mother Love Bone's debut album. On March 16, 1990, Wood was found in a comatose state by his girlfriend, Xana La Fuente, having overdosed on heroin. Wood was taken to the hospital and placed on life support. Wood's condition began to show signs of improvement, but he suddenly died three days later.

Brad (band)

Brad is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Brad's sound is influenced by the wide variety of influences brought by its members, including Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Regan Hagar (Satchel and formerly a member of Malfunkshun), Shawn Smith (also a member of Pigeonhed and Satchel), and Jeremy Toback.

Chris Hanzsek

Chris Hanzsek is an American musical engineer and record producer currently living in Snohomish, Washington. He was co-founder, with then partner Tina Casale, of C/Z Records and their recording studio, Reciprocal Recording, in 1984. Many of the bands he produced in the mid-1980s are regarded as the foundation of Seattle’s “grunge” scene, such as, The Melvins, Soundgarden, The U-Men, Malfunkshun, Skin Yard, and Green River who can all be heard on C/Z’s landmark compilation album, “Deep Six”.

Although he is best known for his work with grunge bands, he has also recorded and produced for acts in numerous other styles (Robyn Hitchcock, Jeff Greinke, Sun City Girls, Bill Frisell, The Fastbacks, etc.) and he has recently turned much of his business focus to include video post-production endeavors.

Deep Six (album)

Deep Six is a compilation album featuring six Seattle-based alternative rock bands and was released in 1986. It was the very first release by C/Z Records with a catalogue number of CZ01 for 2,000 copies. The album was reissued as a joint C/Z Records/A&M Records release on April 5, 1994.

The album was compiled by Seattle locals Chris Hanzsek and Tina Casale of CZ Records to showcase what was going on in the Seattle rock community at this time by drawing on the talents of six like-minded bands. The album was not a commercial success, however it is vital to the history of grunge. It represents the early recordings of a handful of bands that would later become legendary, and dictated what grunge was by establishing its concepts and nuances of sound.In the early 1980s, the Seattle branch of the indie movement was influenced by punk rock, however it removed its speed and its structure and added elements of metal. The Melvins slowed down punk rock to developed their own slow, heavy, sludgy sound. When they contributed four tracks to Deep Six they were regarded as one of Seattle's top bands. Soundgarden provided the most abrasive sound on the album after having formed only a year before. The U-Men contributed minimalist punk with "Sabbath" style metal. Skin Yard's guitarist, Jack Endino, would go on to record and produce many of the grunge bands, and helped to establish Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Nirvana. He was able to bring a similar sonic quality to some of the tracks recorded by bands who had diverse sounds.Green River had released its debut EP Come On Down several months before Deep Six, therefore Come On Down is considered the first grunge record. This EP would later influence Pearl Jam and Mudhoney, two bands that would become internationally famous.

Dekema Records

Dekema Records is a record label that first achieved notice in the 1990s for releasing the EP "Stripped" by the seminal grunge rock group the Fire Ants. Dekema used music producer Jack Endino to record the band at Word of Mouth studios in 1992. Endino is best known for producing "Bleach" by Nirvana and his work with Sub Pop artists such as Mudhoney and Soundgarden.

The Fire Ants were a "super group" that formed during the big major label-signing era of Seattle bands. Members of the band included Brian and Kevin Wood (brothers of Andrew Wood, formerly of Mother Love Bone), Chad Channing (formerly of Nirvana) and Dan McDonald (former bassist for Native Messiah and Strait Face). Prior to the Fire Ants, Kevin and Andrew Wood both performed in the band Malfunkshun.

In 2015, "Stripped" was remastered by Jack Endino and released as a Deluxe Edition with an additional nine demo tracks included.


Devilhead were an American alternative rock group formed by Kevin and Brian Wood, who were both elders brothers of the late Andrew Wood, the singer of Malfunkshun (which also featured Kevin) and Mother Love Bone, in 1994 in Seattle, Washington following the breakup of their previous group Fire Ants. Both Kevin and Brian were the only permanent members of the group and they released two albums, Your Ice Cream's Dirty in 1994 on Loosegroove Records, with album art by Regan Hagar; and Pest Control in 1996, which featured a number of contributors including bassist John Waterman and guitarist John McBain, both of the band Hater. They were briefly fronted by Green Apple Quick Step front man Tyler Willman before eventually disbanding.

Hagar (name)

Hagar is both a feminine given name and a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Given name:

Hagar Badran (born 1989), Egyptian synchronized swimmer

Hagar Finer, Israeli WIBF bantamweight champion

Hagar Olsson (1893–1978), Finnish writer, literary critic, playwright and translator

Hagar Wilde (1905–1971), American writer and screenwriter

Hagar Yanai (born 1972), Israeli writerSurname:

Albert Hagar, Canadian politician

Mandy Hagar, New Zealand children's author

Regan Hagar, drummer with Malfunkshun

Sammy Hagar, rock musician

List of musicians from Seattle

This List of musicians from Seattle recognizes artists that are either from, or significantly associated with, the city

Loosegroove Records

Loosegroove Records was a Seattle based record label formed by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and Brad drummer Regan Hagar in 1994. Initially a subsidiary of Sony before going independent in 1996, Loosegroove signed many up and coming artists from various musical genres, especially rock and hip hop. Significantly, Gossard signed Queens of the Stone Age to Loosegroove, releasing the band's debut album in 1998. Others who worked with Loosegroove include Critters Buggin, Weapon of Choice, Malfunkshun, Devilhead, Prose and Concepts, Ponga, Hi Fi Killers, Nash Kato and Eureka Farm. Loosegroove also released the Seattle Hip Hop Compilation 14 Fathoms Deep in January 1997. Loosegroove Records closed in 2000. In 2000 the Loosegroove catalog was acquired by WILL Records, who now operates as Lakeshore Records.

Loosegrove executive Matt Shay later became vice-president of marketing/A&R at J Records, and helped Pearl Jam join said label and release the 2006 album Pearl Jam.

Mark Arm

Mark Arm (born Mark Thomas McLaughlin; February 21, 1962) is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the vocalist for the grunge band Mudhoney. His former group, Green River, is one of the first grunge bands, along with Malfunkshun, Soundgarden, Skin Yard, the U-Men, and others. He is also the manager of the Sub Pop warehouse and previously worked at Fantagraphics Books.

Matt Hayward

Matt Hayward is an Irish Dublin-based guitarist and songwriter. He has written and recorded with various bands and notable musicians, including My Sister's Machine singer Nick Pollock, Clannad singer/bassist Ciaran Brennan, Edie Brickell, Malfunkshun guitarist Kevin Wood, and many others. His own band Lace Weeper have become a rock staple in the Irish music scene, gaining good critical reception.

Two of Matt's previous projects were signed to Dekema Records.

Mother Love Bone

Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987. The band was active from 1987 to 1990. Frontman Andrew Wood's personality and lyrics helped to catapult the group to the top of the burgeoning late 1980s/early 1990s Seattle music scene. Wood died only days before the scheduled release of the band's debut album, Apple, thus ending the group's hopes of success. The album was finally released a few months later.

Regan Hagar

Regan Hagar is an American musician. Primarily a drummer, he also plays keyboard and guitar on occasion.He was the drummer in Malfunkshun from 1980 to 1988, featuring Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone on vocals and Kevin Wood on guitar. He had previously been in the band Maggot Brains, but joined Malfunkshun when their drummer, David Hunt, quit the band after the first show. Hagar has also performed in Satchel with Shawn Smith, and in Brad with Smith and Stone Gossard (from Pearl Jam and formerly Mother Love Bone).

Return to Olympus

Return to Olympus is the only album by the alternative rock band Malfunkshun. It was released after the band had broken up and after lead singer Andrew Wood (later of Mother Love Bone) had died of a drug overdose in 1990. Stone Gossard, of Pearl Jam, had compiled the songs and released the album on his label, Loosegroove Records.

The band covered Ted Nugent's song "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang".

Screaming Trees

Screaming Trees were an American rock band formed in Ellensburg, Washington in 1985 by vocalist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bass player Van Conner and drummer Mark Pickerel. Pickerel had been replaced by Barrett Martin by the time the band reached its most successful period. Although widely associated with grunge, the band's sound incorporated hard rock and psychedelic elements. During Screaming Trees' existence the band released seven studio albums, five EPs, and three compilations.

Screaming Trees is known as one of the pioneers of grunge along with the Melvins, Mudhoney, U-Men, Skin Yard, Soundgarden, Green River, and Malfunkshun. Screaming Trees rose to fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with bands such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden and was one of the most successful underground music acts of the 1990s. The band achieved one top ten single on the Modern Rock Tracks charts. Screaming Trees were plagued by extended inactivity due to their problems with making a follow up to Dust. This led to their official breakup in 2000.

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith (born 28 October 1965) is a Seattle-based songwriter, vocalist and musician in several bands (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) and also as a solo artist. He was born in Spokane, Washington.Smith has cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences. Other influences he has noted are Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Andy Wood and Chris Cornell.In 2005, Smith unveiled a musical project called "The Diamond Hand" involving many musicians. He also has worked with Thaddeus Turner (formerly of Maktub and many other projects including Brad) under the name Forever Breakers.

"From the North" is Shawn's newest band with core members of Malfunkshun (Regan Hagar, Kevin Wood, Cory Kane) and the lyrics left by the late Andrew Wood. Since 2006, the band has also been billed as "Power of Wings" and "Von Nord" (allegedly meaning "From the North" in German; whereas this actually reads "vom Norden" or "aus dem Norden"). Hagar has since been replaced by Seattle drummer Mike Hommel. The band changed its name in July 2008 to All Hail the Crown and plans to release new music under this banner.

Temple of the Dog

Temple of the Dog was an American rock supergroup that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. It was conceived by vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of the bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. The lineup included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Jeff Ament on bass guitar (both ex-members of Mother Love Bone), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) on lead guitar, and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden and later Pearl Jam) on drums. Eddie Vedder appeared as a guest to provide some lead and backing vocals.

The band released its only album, the self-titled Temple of the Dog, in April 1991 through A&M Records. The recording sessions took place in November and December 1990 at London Bridge Studios, in Seattle, Washington with producer Rakesh "Rick" Parashar. Although earning praise from music critics at the time of its release, the album was not widely recognized until 1992, when Vedder, Ament, Gossard, and McCready had their breakthrough with Pearl Jam. Cameron would later join Pearl Jam, serving as drummer since 1998.

The band toured in 2016 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.

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