Fairweather made his debut on 1993's Far Gone, whose release was delayed several times over legal issues; it appeared to a disappointing reception. Around that time, Finn began doubling as the drummer for the Presidents of the United States of America
. Despite the relative failure of Far Gone, Love Battery managed to score a major-label deal with Polygram affiliate Atlas Records in 1994, and issued the Nehru Jacket EP as an appetizer for their full-length bow. That arrived in the form of 1995's Straight Freak Ticket, after which Finn left the group to concentrate full-time on the Presidents
, who had just signed with Columbia and were poised for breakout success.
Straight Freak Ticket failed to win Love Battery a larger audience, and they wound up leaving Atlas. New drummer Mike Musburger -- best known for his work with the Posies
-- came and went, before founding member Dan Peters returned to give the group a new spark. It took some time to put together, but Confusion Au Go Go was finally released in 1999 on the Seattle indie label C/Z. It was generally hailed as a strong -- albeit belated -- return to form by the band's dwindling but still-present following. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi