Comprising singer+guitarist J.R. Richards, guitarist Rodney Browning,
bassist Scot Alexander, keyboardist Jim Wood and drummer George Pendergast,
the Alternative-Rock band Dish formed in Santa Barbara, California USA
in 1991; when they discovered that another band already held the rights
to the name Dish were forced to extend their name to Dishwalla.
After touring with Better Than Ezra,
the band was picked up by A&M Records that released their debut album,
"Pet Your Friends", in August 1995; nearly a year later the
lead single "Counting Blue Cars" rose to the top spot of The
Modern Rock Tracks and hit #15 on The Billboard Hot 100, a second single
cut, "Charlie Brown's Parents", cracked the top 30 of The Mainstream
Rock chart and pushing the album into the top 100 of The Billboard 200
chart; Dishwalla supported it on the road for over a year touring with
the likes of Sheryl Crow, The
Goo Goo Dolls and Blind Melon,
"Pet Your Friends" eventually went platinum.
The follow-up, "And You Think You Know What Life's About", was released in mid-summer of 1998, but their second and final album for A&M didn't rise higher than #164 on The Billboard Top 200 list spawning only one Modern Rock top 20 hit, "Once In A While".
Over three and a half years later the band returned with its third full-length disc "Opaline" recorded after drummer Pete Maloney was pulled in to replace Pendergast; the set was released by the indie label Immergent in April of 2002 and scraped the bottom of The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart; it generated "Somewhere In The Middle" which received airplay on Adult-Contemporary stations.
In May 2005 Dishwalla issued its fourth album on Orphanage Entertainment Group; the eponymous CD included the single "Collide".