LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2014 —Today is International Lagwagon Day to punkers around the world. May 16 has been dubbed International Lagwagon Day because they have a song called, “May 16,” and the world needs a Lagwagon day.
Lagwagon formed in Goleta, California, which is just north of Santa Barbara, in 1990. Their first album, Duh, was released in 1992 on Fat Wreck Chords, as were all of their albums. The original lineup consisted of Joey Cape on vocals, Chris Flippin and Shawn Dewey on guitar, Jesse Buglione on bass, and Derrick Plourde on drums.
This lineup recorded three albums together, the aforementioned Duh, 1994s Trashed and Hoss, which was released in 1995. In 1997, drummer Derrick Plourde was replaced by Dave Raun from Rich Kids on LSD and Shawn Dewey was replaced on guitar by Ken Stringellow, who used to play for The Posies and later played with many different bands, including R.E.M. and White Flag.
Lagwagon released Double Plaidinum in 1997 with this lineup. After the release, Ken Stringfellow was replaced by Chris Rest on guitar. Chris Rest was known for starting Rich Kids on LSD in 1982 and has been in Lagwagon ever since.
Let’s Talk About Feelings was released the following year in 1998 with the lineup of Cape, Flippin, Buglione, Raun, and Best. In 2000, the band called it quits, sort of, and its members went on to perform in various side projects, including Joey Cape’s reunion with original Lagwagon drummer, Derrick Plourde, in the band, Bad Astronaut.
In 2003, Lagwagon returned with the release of Blaze. Then, in 2005, they were rocked with tragic news. They learned that original drummer Derrick Plourde, who may or may not have been bipolar, had committed suicide after battling drug addiction.
The album, Resolve, which was written to honor the late Derrick Plourde, was released in late 2005. This album would be the band’s last studio full length album, at least for now. Joey Cape has said Lagwagon has a new album in the works. No word on when that will see the light of day.
It is both strange and logical that May 16 would become International Lagwagon Day to fans of the band. The idea comes from the name of one of their songs, May 16, which appeared on 2000s Let’s Talk About Feelings and makes it a logical date to use. The strange part is that the song was written by Cape about him being hurt when he was not invited to a close friend’s wedding due to a falling out with his friend’s wife.
So, put on your favorite Lagwagon album today or play all of them. Introduce someone who has not heard of them to the greatness that is Lagwagon. Remember the moment you first heard them and reflect on what that meant to you. Happy Lagwagon Day, punk rockers!
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. Kevin plays guitar in the Los Angeles punk band Emmer Effer. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball