Alternative-Rock band formed in early '90s by singer+guitarist David Lowery who fronted Camper Van Beethoven until the act disbanded in 1990, then he hooked-up with guitarist Johnny Hickman, bassist Davey Faragher and started his new project: Cracker.
The California USA-based outfit began to write music mixing traditional
folk Rock with new Rock, eventually they inked a deal with Virgin in 1991
and the following year released their self-titled debut album which was
recorded with several drummer and percussionist; its first single, "Teen
Angst (What The World Needs Now)", shot to #1 on The Modern Rock
Tracks chart, followed by "Happy Birthday To Me" which reached
the #13 in the same chart.
"Kerosene Hat" was issued in 1993 and broke into The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart helped by two Modern Rock hit singles: "Get Off This" peaked at #6 and "Low" climbed into the top 3, the album contained a secret track which was issued as a single the next year under the title of "Euro-Trash Girl"; by the time "Kerosene Hat" was certified platinum for sales of one million copies.
The group's third effort, "The Golden Age", arrived in 1996 when they relocated in Richmond, Virginia and Faragher was replaced by Bob Rupe on bass, other three members Charlie Quintana, Eddie Bayers and Johnny Hott bang on the drums during the sessions of "The Golden Age"; the record reached the #63 in U.S. Top 200 chart spawning the single "I Hate My Generation" which hit #13 on Modern Rock chart plus two Active Rock top 40 hits: "Nothing To Believe In" and "Sweet Thistle Pie".
The following years saw Cracker's line-up expanded with the addition of permanent drummer Frank Funaro and Kenny Margolis was added on keyboards+accordion; in 1998 the band scored a modest hit with "Gentleman's Blues" which didn't rise higher than #182 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
Followed two years later, "Garage d'Or", a double-disc compilation of their best success plus four new tracks, in the meantime bass player Brandy Wood replaced Rupe.
With the newcomer, the band recorded the subsequent "Forever" in 2002 and its follow-up "Countrysides" in October 2003; both the last albums failed to chart.
In February 2006 Cracker released a retrospective compilation, "Greatest Hits Redux", spanning their entire career; the set includes a new song called "Something You Ain't Got".