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Austin City Limits: April 4, 1999: Fastball followed by Mary Cutrufello

[...] Toiling steadfastly in the rock 'n' roll trenches for years, Austin's own Fastball caps a remarkable year after finally discovering the way to stardom with their enticing brand of hook-heavy power-pop. Before teaming up, guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga, bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo, and drummer Joey Shuffield toiled a couple decades combined in bands such as Big Car, the Wild Seeds, and the Beaver Nelson Band, paying dues in the equivalent of rock 'n' roll's minor leagues. Joining forces as Magneto USA, they held down day jobs while honing their chops and audience-testing the material of songwriters Zuniga and Scalzo by gigging at the Electric Lounge, Flamingo Cantina, and at Austin's famed music incubator the Hole in the Wall. By the time record companies came courting, they were ready. [...]

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