BioSuperchunk was formed in 1989, in the town of Chapel Hill, NC, by Mac McCaughan (guitar and vocals), Laura Ballance (bass), Chuck Garrison (drums), and Jack McCook (guitar). After a couple of singles on their own Merge imprint, the band inked a deal with a fledgling Matador Records.
McCook was the first to depart the group. He called it quits after the release of the first album, Superchunk, citing road fatigue and his burgeoning career as a softball umpire as reasons for leaving the fold. Connecticut-born James Wilbur was recruited to take over guitar duties. Much touring and recording ensued.
In 1991,No Pocky for Kitty was recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini. Chuck left the band a few weeks before the record’s release. Local window cleaner Jon Wurster was brought on board to mind the tubs. The current line up was set: [Jim Wilbur - guitar and backing vocals; Jon Wurster - drums, backing vocals; Laura Ballance - bass, backing vocals; Mac McCaughan - guitar, vocals].