The members of Noogie met while in high school in Sydney. Their name comes from a joke about a textbook (historically a treasure trove of band names). Their first four-track demo lead to an indie Australian deal. Then their songs "As Selfish As I Am" and "I'd Rather Float" were featured on local compilation CDs. The band, still unsigned to a major, performed on the same stage as Grinspoon, Fuel, the Whitlams, the Angels, Mental as Anything, and Guttermouth. Trauma Records released the pop-punk band's debut Learn to Swim in 2000 and the follow-up Remote Controller in 2001. Noogie toured the states for the first time in support of their debut. Like Blink 182, Noogie sets out, according to singer Nick Hyde, to "bitch about the world and say what I thought about people" especially "girls and relationships and shit." The song "Danger" appeared in the Kate and Ashley Olsen's film Winning London. "I'd Rather Float" was heard in the film Sugar 'n Spice, starring Mena Suvari.
Nick Hyde (vocals, guitar), Chuck Ridler (drums), Mike Jeffery (guitar), Alex Van Wensveen (bass)