When Poi Dog Pondering was founded by Frank Orrain in Hawaii, in 1984, he saw his new group as a solo project. This changed when Poi Dog Pondering were booked to perform their debut concert at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. One of the cities they played was Texas, which later, became their home.
By 1987, Poi Dog Pondering were based in Texas, a year later, released their eponymous debut album on Columbia in 1988. Three more albums followed between 1989 and 1992, as gradually audiences discovered Poi Dog Pondering’s esoteric, genre-melting music.
Following their departure from Coumbia, Poi Dog Pondering released the album Pomegranate on Bar-None Records in 1995. However, Pomegranate was the only album Poi Dog Pondering released for Bar-None Records.
Next stop for Poi Dog Pondering was the Chicago-based label Platetectonic Records. Poi Dog Pondering first release for their new label was the 12” Hard Sometimes which was recorded at Warzone Recorders, Chicago.
Joining Poi Dog Pondering at Warzone Recorders, Chicago was Matt Warren who produced the Complicated (Berlin Mix), was responsible for the Diamonds And Buttermilk (Remix). Matt Warren, Mike Rogers and Steve Moore then joined forces to remix Hard Sometimes (Dub Mix) and Hard Sometimes (M-Theory Radio Mix). These tracks became part of the Hard Sometime’ 12.” Hard Sometime was released on Platetectonic Records in 1996, and found Poi Dog Pondering combing disco and house as they began a new chapter in their career.