The Bottle Rockets is a Saint Louis based rock band formed in 1992. The founding members were Brian Henneman (guitar, vocals), Mark Ortmann (drums), Tom Parr (1992-2002, guitar, vocals) and Tom Ray (1992-1997, bass guitar). Current members include John Horton (joined 2003, guitar) and Keith Voegele (joined 2005, bass, vocals). Most members of the group have contributed compositions to their repertoire, as have Robert Parr (Tom's brother) and schoolteacher Scott Taylor (who writes lyrics for some of Henneman's tunes).
The Bottle Rockets formed in 1992 and released Bottle Rockets. Bottle Rockets released their second album, The Brooklyn Side, on East Side Digital, in 1994. They were then signed by Atlantic Records, who re-released The Brooklyn Side in 1995. The single "Radar Gun" was a hit at rock radio and the band tour extensively to support the album. The situation with Atlantic Records turned out to be less than ideal. Most of the original staff who promoted The Brooklyn Side had been laid off or fired from Atlantic. Their release of their next record, 24 Hours A Day, was delayed until late 1997. The band parted ways with Atlantic in 1998.