Hailing from the late-'70s underground of Los Angeles, The Urinals were often called "the American Wire" for their graceful tension, wild energy and trademark brevity.

100 Flowers, the pre-Urinals band, were a power trio whose sole 1983 album is an enduring document of the Southern California underground. Based in crime-ridden '80s Los Angeles against the backdrop of juvenile hardcore and vapid hard rock, 100 Flowers crafted a sound that rests between the inspired bursts of The Minutemen and the pastoral jangle of The Dream Syndicate with similarities to the equally oblique Monitor and The Gun Club (who even included a Urinals cover in their set).