The Embarrassment

Formed in Wichita, KS in 1978.

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Past shows


Current Status: Spread far and wide, with no plans to ever get together again, until somebody brought it up. It has been sixteen years or so.

Sound description: Blister Pop -

Influences: The City of Wichita, Ramones, The Fall, Velvet Underground, Bowie, ZZ Top, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Clash, Beatles


Alt / Indie rock


Name Released Label
Album cover Death Travels West EP 1983 Fresh Sounds


A discography:

1980 - Sex Drive/Patio Set (Big Time - 7")
1981 - Fresh Sounds From Mid America Volume 1 (Fresh Sounds - cassette compilation)
1981 - Embarrassment E.P. (Cynykyl)
1981 - Battle of The Garages Volume 1 (Bomp! Records - compilation)
1981 - Sub Pop 5 (Sub Pop - cassette compilation)
1982 - Sub Pop 7 (Sub Pop - cassette compilation)
1983 - Death Travels West (Fresh Sounds - mini LP)
1984 - The Embarrassment Retrospective (Fresh Sounds - cassette)
1987 - The Embarrassment LP (Time To Develop)
1988 - Human Music (Homestead - compilation)
1989 - Time For A Change (Bar/None - compilation)
1990 - God Help Us LP and CD (Bar/None)
1995 - Hey Day 1979-83 Double CD (Bar/None)
2001 - Blister Pop CD (My Pal God)
2002 - Rough Trade Shops Rock and Roll 1 comp. (UK)

The Embarrassment (from Wikipedia)
The Embarrassment were a quartet formed in Wichita, Kansas that existed from 1979 to 1983. They were: guitarist Bill Goffrier, lead singer and organist John Nichols, bassist Ron Klaus and drummer Brent Giessmann. Although some people considered the band punk rock, the band itself liked to describe themselves as "Blister Pop."

The band stopped performing when two of the members moved to Boston. Giessman drummed for The Del Fuegos, and Goffrier formed the band Big Dipper with former members of the Volcano Suns. Several of The Embarrassment's unreleased songs were recorded by Big Dipper, including "Faith Healer," which was later covered by Japanese all-girl group Shonen Knife.

The "Embos," as fans call them, have played several reunion concerts in the years since their breakup, and have planned a show in Lawrence, Kansas for August, 2006. See the Yahoo! group listed in external links for details.

Kansas-born political writer Thomas Frank quoted lyrics from their song "Sex Drive" in his bestselling 2004 book What's the Matter with Kansas? (page 57 of the paperback edition).