"Killdozer" was the name of a band formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1984, with members Bill Hobson, Dan Hobson and Michael Gerald. They took their name from the 1974 TV movie, directed by Jerry London, itself based on a Theodore Sturgeon short story. They released their first album, ''Intellectuals are the Shoeshine Boys of the Ruling Elite'', in the same year. The band split in 1990 but reformed in 1993, losing Bill Hobson and gaining Paul Zagoras, and continued until they split up in 1996. Their farewell tour was officially titled "Fuck You, We Quit!". The band released 9 albums, including a post-breakup live CD, ''The Last Waltz'', released in 1997.
Killdozer was a one-of-a-kind band, notable for its unusual song structures, and its humorous but dead-pan lyrics growled (with dead-serious earnestness) by singer Michael Gerald at the top of his lungs. Many of the lyrics dealt with disturbing narratives from small-town USA or had a jaded, left wing political content. The band also became famous for its uproarious cover songs, a memorable example being Don McLean's "American Pie". A version exists on their 1989 all-covers album ''For Ladies Only''.