The band Blightobody holds a special place in the hearts of many Columbia, SC music fans despite its short tenure in the overall history of the scene.
Including Brian McCarter on vocals and guitar, John Furr on lead guitar, Brian Williams on bass, and Todd Turner on drums, their eccentric style was a combination of Frank Zappa and the Smashing Pumpkins–grandiose, but in a screw-you, inside joke kind of way.
In August of 1994, the band won a national college band competition and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (see the video below for proof). The song they performed, “Party Snout,” was issued as a single by Restless Records as part of that prize package; Blightobody released Poovey’s Groove on their own, their third full-length album.
At least a couple of the members of Blightobody have probably become more known for their work after this seminal 1990′s Columbia band. Furr and Williams joined up with Danielle Howle as her backing band The Tantrums, recording a few very well-received albums on Daemon Records.
There is a Blightobody website still in existence at www.blightobody.com that has information including a full discography, pictures, videos, and more.