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Pinhead Gunpowder was founded in Arcata, California in January 1991 by drummer Aaron Cometbus and guitarist Jon Quittner. They would soon recruit vocalist Doug Grime and bassist David Kimmel to round out the first incarnation of the group. It was Cometbus who suggested the name “Pinhead Gunpowder” while Quittner preferred “50 Foot Hesher”, Cometbus would win that battle but it was all for nought as the band broke up after their first gig. Cometbus would move back to Berkeley, taking the band name with him, while Quittner would rename the band 50 Foot Hesher and continue on in Arcata without him.

Back in Berkeley, Cometbus fashioned the second incarnation of Pinhead Gunpowder with Bill Schneider (bass) and Sarah Kirsch (guitar/vocals) of The Skinflutes along with Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar/vocals). In 1993, Kirsch left the band in protest of Billie Joe signing with a major label with Green Day. Kirsch would be replaced by Jason White which would mark the final change to the band’s lineup. Kirsch would, unfortunately, pass away in 2012 after suffering from a rare genetic disease called Fanconi Anemia.

While Aaron Cometbus is the primary songwriter for Pinhead Gunpowder, Billie Joe has contributed four songs to the band (‘Walkin Catastrophe’, ’27’, ‘New Blood’ and ‘Anniversary Song’) under the pen name “Wilhelm Fink”. Writing credits for Walkin’ Catastrophe are given to Jason White but he has confirmed that Billie wrote the song and gave him credit to avoid publishing issues with Green Day’s label.

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Billie Joe Armstrong performing with Pinhead Gunpowder

Billie Joe Armstrong

Vocals / Guitar

Aaron Cometbus performing with Pinhead Gunpowder

Aaron Cometbus

Drums / Words

Jason White of Pinhead Gunpowder

Jason White

Vocals / Guitar

Bill Schneider performing with Pinhead Gunpowder

Bill Schneider

Bass / Vocals

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TitleReleasedRating
Pinhead Gunpowder - Kick Over The TracesPinhead Gunpowder
Kick Over The Traces
June 16, 2009
Rating: 4.5/5. From 13 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - West Side HighwayPinhead Gunpowder
West Side Highway EP
August 19, 2008
Rating: 4.0/5. From 13 votes.
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Pinhead GunpowderPinhead Gunpowder
Compulsive Disclosure
October 21, 2003
Rating: 4.3/5. From 17 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - 8 Chords, 328 WordsPinhead Gunpowder
8 Chords, 328 Words EP
June 27, 2000
Rating: 3.3/5. From 13 votes.
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Pinhead GunpowderPinhead Gunpowder
Self Titled EP
June 6, 2000
Rating: 3.3/5. From 13 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Slip EP w/Dillinger FourPinhead Gunpowder
Split EP w/Dillinger Four
May 16, 2000
Rating: 3.2/5. From 13 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Shoot The MoonPinhead Gunpowder
Shoot The Moon EP
March 30, 1999
Rating: 4.1/5. From 16 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Goodbye Ellston AvenuePinhead Gunpowder
Goodbye Ellston Avenue
February 25, 1997
Rating: 4.7/5. From 29 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Carry The Banner EPPinhead Gunpowder
Carry The Banner EP
December 1994
Rating: 4.1/5. From 18 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Jump SaltyPinhead Gunpowder
Jump Salty
July 1994
Rating: 4.1/5. From 18 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Fahizah EPPinhead Gunpowder
Fahizah EP
Summer 1992
Rating: 3.4/5. From 16 votes.
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Pinhead Gunpowder - Trundle & Spring EPPinhead Gunpowder
Trundle & Spring EP
Summer 1991
Rating: 3.3/5. From 13 votes.
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