99¢ Special first took form in 1991, prior to having a name. Exit had found a Commodore 64 program that was a low tech drum machine and began using it to provide a structure to his unstructured guitar playing. Around this time, he also began DJing at a college radio station playing Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Die Warzau, Spit, and various others.
With these influences, which were brought on thanks to his personal ties to DJ Rexx Arkana, he began composing and recording songs under the name ‘Autofactor’. This name was a temporary ‘working title’, and it wasn’t until a college mate stole a roll of orange flourencent 99¢ special stickers that the name took hold.
Keeping with his love of Commodore computers, he migrated to the much more advanced Amiga 500 and using a tracking program and a sampler, a burst of songs were written from 1992 until 1994. During the first public performance in December of 1992, Exit and his close friend Matt Lundy pummeled pipes, made noise, and handed out melted fudge pops. In attendance was Darren Blunt, who previously was involved in a tribal/noise event under the name ‘Peter Luxury’. He offered to drum for 99.
Many months went buy as Exit continued to write music and aquire junk instruments, fitting to the name 99¢ Special. Darren ran in to Exit at a local bar and the two began the journey that led to performing 62 shows in 9 different states in two years time with various acts such as Tommie Griggz, Bile, Evil Mothers, 16 Volt, Punch Drunk Monkeys (with Crappy the Clown), Flashing Astonishers, Canine Christ, Incantation, Nothingface, and Abalienation.
Due to the volitile nature of being in a band, the death of a close friend of the band, and countless other stresses, they disbandded in late 1996. The original cast reunited in 1999 and has since been reforming internally to make it possible to go beyond anything they have ever done before.
Currently, Exit is working on recording new material which has been ‘in theory’ over the past 10 years. One such example of the expanded sound of 99 is the newest demo recording of ‘Again’ which features Exit playing violin and actually ‘singing’ as opposed to screaming. Do keep an ear to the wall, there is a rumble inside the room next door!