Pleasure Device is a guitar-driven, synthesizer-heavy band fronted by singer-bassist Chad Robinson, formerly with Austin-based alternative band Dynamite Hack, known for their tongue-in-cheek acoustic cover of Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood.” The song was heard often on local FM94/9 and on KROQ in L.A.
The song, off their 2000 album Superfast, peaked at number 12 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and became their sole hit. While in the middle of recording their follow-up album in Chicago, their label, Universal, dropped them. Band members also had a falling-out with their manager, which led to lawsuits, lawyers, and division within the band.
Soon after the album was completed, Robinson left Austin for San Diego and founded Pleasure Device, based in Ocean Beach. The band includes former members of Boone Companion, El Buzzard, Hurricane Jenny, and Early Autumn.