Formed in Redlands, California in 1983, Camper Van Beethoven were an American alternative rock band who incorporated elements of ska, pop, punk rock, folk and alternative country into their sound. They were staunchly DIY and emphasised those values wherever possible. Their first 3 albums were released independently within an 18 month period before the band signed with Virgin in 1987. On the major label, they released 2 much lauded LPs and found chart success in 1989 with a cover of Status Quo’s ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’. They disbanded in 1990 but reunited nine years later, releasing a further 2 records, including 2004’s ‘New Roman Times’.