Made up of the remnants of bands that had already left town, Scooter are Stan Jagger (drums), Kent Ericksen (guitar, vocals) and Steve Gray (guitar). They formed in 1994 and began performing live at Bossa Nova Cafe in 1995, and have continued to play live as recently as 2006.
In 1996 they released the track When We Go Out on a free CD given away with Sync magazine. They had the song Cranky American on Green Eggs and Hamilton, released in 1997, and in the same year covered Platypus by The Clean on the tribute album God Save the Clean (FNCD409). Their involvement with the project led to a TV appearance performing at the album's release party at Auckland's Power Station.
In 1998 they released a self titled debut EP (Scooter), including the songs Dayroom and Maybe and toured the country from end to end in support of the EP's release. Dayroom and Maybe appeared on the promo CDs NZ on Air Indie Hit Disc 6 and 7, respectively, in 1998. The following year they released the single Book 'Im Danno and again toured both the North and South Islands of the country to promote it. In 2000 Book 'Im Danno appeared on the promo CD NZ on Air Indie Hit Disc 12, and in 2001 the same song appeared on the Year Zero compilation.