When you walk into Sprizzo, 363 W. Main Street, you’d never guess that in the 80s this place was one of the premier recording studios in southeastern Wisconsin. Breezeway Studios was an affordable place where notable Milwaukee area bands like the BoDeans, Die Kreuzen, Realm, Those xCleavers, Couch Flambeau. Liquid Pink, and the Mighty Deer Lick recorded. The studio was run by Lee Crooks who, according to an old Journal article only chose downtown Waukesha (against the advice of everyone) because of the low overhead, not the historic charm. They probably figured they could operate there with no hassle since nobody gave a shit about downtown during this era. The studio opened in 1983 and closed around 1990.
For a state with limited success in the rock music world, Wisconsin has an incredible history with our studios. Royal Recorders in Lake Geneva was used by Robert Plant, BoDeans, Cheap Trick, Survivor, and Adrian Below. Smart Studios, run by Butch Vig, has recorded albums by a slew of popular alternative and indie rock bands including Nirvana, Garbage (which Vig is a member of), Smashing Pumpkins, Promise Ring, Archers of Loaf, and Death Cab For Cuite. Another up and coming studio is Bayview’s The Mystery Room. Run by Justin Perkins, this place is becoming a go-to place for indepen dent and punk artists including Screeching Weasel/Riverdales, Dan Vapid and The Cheats (ex Screeching Weasel), Hayward Williams, and Sub Pop’s Jaill.