How to Break Up a Band

Dynamite Hack was a late-’90s, Austin-based alternative rock band that is best remembered for their tongue-in-cheek acoustic cover of Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood.” The song can still be heard occasionally on local FM94/9 and even more often in L.A., on KROQ.

Chad Robinson, who now fronts the synth- and guitar-driven San Diego rock band Pleasure Device, played bass and sang in Dynamite Hack. He describes how his band decided to record “Boyz-n-the-Hood”:

“The other guy who sings and writes songs in the band [Mark Morris]…was real into writing acoustic love songs, and we just wanted to play blown-out electric stuff. He was always fiddling with that one riff, and someone had just gone off and gotten that Eazy-Duz-It album. [Morris] started singing all sweetly his love-song melody with the ‘Boyz-n-the-Hood’ lyrics, and we were, like, ‘You know what? That’s the only way that we will let you do that song!’ ”

The song, off their 2000 album Superfast, peaked at number 12 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and became their sole hit. While in the middle of recording their follow-up album in Chicago, their label, Universal, dropped them. Band members also had a falling-out with their manager, which led to lawsuits, lawyers, and division within the band.

Soon after the album was completed, Robinson left Austin for San Diego.

“I kinda thought we might just keep stuff going,” says Robinson.

That didn’t happen, though. But now, close to eight years later, Dynamite Hack may be back. Robinson states that the long-shelved album (titled How to Break Up a Band) will be for sale in CD form “any day now,” and live shows may be on the horizon.

– Dryw Keltz

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