Scream is a band out of the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, formed circa 1981, near the end of Washington D.C.'s hardcore music scene. The original lineup consisted of Peter Stahl, Franz Stahl, Skeeter Thompson and Kent Stax. Perhaps the best known popular-music connection for most readers would be that of Dave Grohl, former hard-hitting Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters utlity man who joined up with them, replacing Stax around 1987. Gradually, he began having an ever-larger role in the band.

In the mid-80s, the band began to take on a definite leftist feel, and also began touring Europe. However, they went through troubled times soon thereafter, Thompson's ongoing drug problems having much to do with this. The band eventually went on hiatus in 1990, at which point Grohl went on to become a member of Nirvana; The remaining members briefly reunited to tour, a few years later.