Camper Van Beethoven is an American alternative rock group. An eclectic band even by the standards of '80s underground music, Camper Van Beethoven mixed elements of pop, ska, world music, punk rock, folk, country, and acid rock.
Camper Van Beethoven formed in 1983 in Redlands, California, although they would soon relocate to Santa Cruz. Early members included bassist/vocalist David Lowery and guitarist Chris Molla. Other notable early members were future Cracker guitarist Johnny Hickman, and drummer Bill McDonald, later the subject of their humorous tune "Where the Hell is Bill." Lowery switched to rhythm guitar when Victor Krummenacher joined on bass. Although the band grew out of the punk scene, they disliked its purism, and were fond of confusing hardcore audiences by playing countrified versions of punk classics and ska-inflected instrumentals with Eastern European and Mexican melodies.