After Nirvana's first chords of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the death of hair bands & all the 80s represented, began. No longer did bands need spandex & makeup, they now dressed in flannel, tee shirts; grunge was in, hair spray was out. And into that new era, THE END jumped in the deep end, Deep Ellum to be exact (more on that later).
THE END were four best friends from North Dallas, Dan Wiktorski - guitar, backup vocals; Ryan Hill - guitar, lead & backup vocals; Shawn Armstrong - bass, guitar, keys, lead & backup vocals; Jeff Johnson - drums, backup vocals. Forming in 1990, they initially played classic rock cover tunes, in any club that would have them, developing an unpredictable & exciting live show.
After developing their songwriting, they switched to performing originals & moved from playing in the bright lights of suburbia to the dark clubs of downtown Dallas; Deep Ellum mostly. If you were lucky enough to be in one of those clubs, late in the evening, you may have heard them.
There was something different about THE END. They weren’t just some kids from college who jumped on the latest bandwagon; they were true musicians who loved their art. They developed a small but loyal following & played with Fastball (from Austin who had a hit w/ "The Way") & other Texas artists who would go on to greater fame. Unfortunately, THE END was never able to capitalize on their efforts & disbanded in the mid 90s.
Although they were never signed, they recorded many of their songs & what's on this site is a small selection of those. Some were poorly recorded yet still have an energy that's missing from today's music. We present them here to anyone who will listen & hope you’ll hear the intent behind the songs, despite not being professionally produced.
In 2008, Ryan & Shawn partnered again to write for the LoveSongsforSale.com project & some of those are here as well as well as re-worked versions of some of their songs from THE END days.