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92% is the musical project that was dreamed up by jefffff Phillips near the end of his collegiate career in 1999 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. The name comes from a fact that he learned after he was shown the Human Burn Index. This is a diagram of the human body that is divided into segments which are labeled with the percentages. These percentages represent the portion of the body's total surface area that each segment contains. He began crafting songs using his keyboard (which he named Steve), samples, and his knowledge about guitars. After he developed a small catalog, he felt that the time was right to start to put a performance group together.
He began the frustrating process of auditions and practices for 92%. While this was going on, jefffff befriended a classmate by the name of Ray Klaar, who was a recent transplant from San Diego, California. The duo had much in common. They began hanging out, discussing their mutual interests, and enjoying the Hammond club scene, while trying to get out of college. As unproductive practice sessions went on and on, Ray let loose a secret that he only brought up under the right circumstances: he is a truly great bassist.
jefffff and Ray decided to jam one day, and it instantly clicked. They began a regular rehearsal schedule while other members came and went. The core (jefffff Ray and Steve) remained solid. Then a constantly recurring theme in this story occurred: life intervened in a negative way. Through circumstance, jefffff was forced to move to Baton Rouge, La. This effectively put the project to sleep for the next year and a half.
When conditions improved, the two restarted an intense rehearsal schedule. Then a surprise invitation to play a show came from jefffff's first year college roommate, Ryan Hebert, to be opening band for his band Funk on the Bayou (check them out) at Minacapelli's in Slidell, La. in the Spring of 2002.
The show was a roaring success. With new-found confidence, the duo decided to try to become the greatest band in southeastern Louisiana. They started to solidify their hold on their stomping ground, Hammond, La., by repeatedly playing shows to bigger and bigger crowds at Area 51 and Augustine's. They then started to play clubs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, playing shows with bands such as Mary's Mouth (check them out if you can) In Medias Res, Tribal Dissent, 2MD, Dead Boy and the Elephant Man, and opening for the Phunk Junkeez.
While all this gigging was going on, jefffff was interning at Festival Studios in Kenner, La., where he worked with a lot of cool people. Among them was Troy Marino. Troy was later talked into recording the band's two releases, "WHAT WOULD TOMMY LEE DO?" and "NAKED", in his personal studio for a nominal fee and a small amount of hallucinogens.
Near the end of the recording and release process, the recurring theme arose once more. financial troubles began to drastically affect the band's ability to get things done.
The band had a limited release of the CD Starting on April 20th 2004. Shortly thereafter, the band went into hiatus, where it remained until the fall of 2011.
Ray and jefffff were encouraged through circumstance to come out of hiatus. They have re-tooled their show, and, as of June, 2012, are fully prepared to once again take the title of "Worst Band To Perform After".