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Wikipedia on Camper Van Beethoven:
Camper Van Beethoven formed in 1983 in Redlands, California. The band grew out of several related garage bands, including Sitting Duck, Box O'Laffs and the Estonian Gauchos (the latter featuring future Cracker guitarist Johnny Hickman). Initially called Camper Van Beethoven and the Border Patrol, the group centered around bassist/vocalist David Lowery, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Molla, drummer Bill McDonald, and various other rotating musicians. Although the band began in the punk rock scene, the members disliked its purism, and were fond of confusing hardcore audiences by playing countrified versions of punk classics and ska-inflected instrumentals with Eastern European and Mexican melodies.
They relocated to Santa Cruz, California in 1984, and with the early additions of bassist Victor Krummenacher (moving Lowery to rhythm guitar) and violinist, keyboardist and guitarist Jonathan Segel, began to take more permanent shape in terms of membership. Segel was a trained musician who fit in with the band's diverse musical experimentation, yet was also able to embrace Camper's irreverent, non-purist approach to world music. Richie West also joined the band at this time, replacing McDonald.