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Screeching Weasel was a punk band from Chicago, Illinois. They formed in 1986, fronted by future Maximum RocknRoll? columnist Ben Weasel (aka Ben Foster) and John Jughead (aka John Pierson). Starting out as a heavily Ramones influenced band regularly playing all ages shows in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Screeching Weasel came to prominence after signing a record deal with the infamous East Bay punk rock label Lookout! Records also home to Green Day's first albums. Screeching Weasel along with Green Day inspired countless teenagers around the world to start punk rock bands in the 1990's and played a major part in influencing many of the bands that helped bring punk rock or more descriptively pop punk into popular music culture.
Through the years, the band went through many line-up changes up until their 2001 break-up. Members included renowned punk rock record producer Mass Giorgini on bass guitar, Dan Panic (born Dan Sullivan) on drums, and Danny Vapid (born Dan Schafer, currently in The Methadones and briefly Sludgeworth) on guitar and bass, depending on the band's necessity.