It all started with songs such as "Criminal Boy," "Inanimate Objects" and "Macho Beagle" -- cute, yes, but also energetic, crisp and crammed full of hooks. Charismatic bassist Renee Dullum was replaced by über-scenester Jen Wolfe for 1998's Jen-Fi, but the hits just kept on coming in two-minute splashes of delight such as "AM is for Talkin', FM is for Rockin'." No band in St. Louis could match the band's humor, its charm or its catchy, compact brilliance.
Since Bunnygrunt's sad fizzle-out, Harnish and Reed have played in a Byzantine array of interrelated combos, both together and separately: One, the other, or both have done time in the See-Thrus, the Fantasy Four, Julia Sets, Brown Company and the Mega-Hurts. All of those bands offer abundant pleasures, but here's the news you've been waiting for: Bunnygrunt is back, not for a one-off reunion but as a fully functioning act. The band members will herald their return with a pair of shows this weekend: Friday, April 16, at Lemmons with the Sex Robots and the Ambassadors of Death and Saturday, April 17, at Radio Cherokee with the Mega-Hurts, Femme Fatality and Syntax Error. They're also releasing a twenty-track rarities roundup CD called In the Valley of Lonesome Phil OR 1,000 Bunnygrunt Fans Might Be Wrong. Get there, get the CD, get caught up and get ready to be entertained.