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Naked Raygun

Along with Hüsker Dü, Naked Raygun was one of the first U.S. post-punk bands of the early '80s that merged melodic influences with punk/hardcore. Formed during 1981 in Chicago, IL (and largely influenced by such art-punkers as Wire and Gang of Four), the group contained several different members during its ten-year career, including leaders Jeff Pezzati (vocals), John Haggerty (guitar), Marko Pezzati (bass), Jim Colao (drums), and, early on, future Big Black member Santiago Durango (guitar). Naked Raygun made it clear early on that they were unafraid to speak their minds (especially when it came to their personal political views, which were often from a strong and "macho" point of view), as proven by such confrontational compositions as "Tojo" and "Potential Rapist" off their 1983 debut Basement Screams. 1985's Throb Throb saw the group hone their sound even further (adding more melody, in addition to a more meatier and metallic guitar sound), as evidenced by the album's single "Surf Combat."

By this time, Naked Raygun had carved a niche for themselves with the college rock crowd and began spawning imitators back in their hometown of Chicago. Undeterred, the group stuck to their guns and refused to follow any set musical formula while releasing 1986's All Rise, 1988's Jettison, and 1989's Understand?, before Haggerty left the group. Without their founder present, Naked Raygun managed to soldier on for one more release, 1990's Raygun...Naked Raygun, before calling it quits a year later. After the group's split, Haggerty reappeared as a member of Pegboy (which also included former members of Bloodsport, the Effigies, and Bhopal Stiffs) and issued three releases during the '90s, while Pezzati appeared to have disappeared from the planet, before suddenly popping up again in the late '90s with a punk trio called the Bomb. 1999 saw the indie label Quarterstick reissue all of Naked Raygun's albums with bonus tracks, as well as the compilation Naked Raygun: Huge Bigness -- Selected Tracks From the Collected Works, 1980-1992. ~ Greg Prato & Steve Huey, Rovi
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The old days at da metro!!!! Good times man!!
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One of the best Fkn albums of its day. Love these guys.
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Hot licks these guys have.
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I'm naked for naked raygun !!! Cool
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texascoolkid
Have you ever seen the Weavers? .....Home of the Brave.
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Puny, puny man...everyo n e knows that Naked Raygun rules the wasteland!
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chuckaluck69
mid 80's midwest thats where it was at...NR,the effigies ,big black...as jeff pezzati put it best..we play power rock!
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Great band always entertaining to see live. Some of my best memories in the early 80's was hanging out before the shows at The Metro and my friends band opening for them "Rights of The Accused"...
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"...pork chop hill" Raygun, Gang Green, and Minor Threat 4 ever! Freaking TSOL always sucked...so they went heavy. Remember back then TSOL was the definitive "punk band" that turned metal and that whole heavy speed metal started taking over? VH1 should do some dumb a** special on the transition to speed metal and its rip off of bands like NR.
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Naked Raygun forever! Jeff Pezzati has a unmistakable dominating vocal style that is very consistent on every album. When most American punk bands try that anthem sound they just sound like a bunch of wanna be Brits. Naked Raygun does it with grace for a style that makes them stand all alone. Then they kick your a** with that Jazz stuff....Nak e d Raygun forever!
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Naked Raygun and Pegboy--the best of Chicago punk!!!
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I remember seeing an ad for these guys in a Thrasher mag when I was like 11 or 12 and so I got the album All Rise in 89' or 90' and have never been the same since. There is something completely rad about these guys that other punk bands of the period (TSOL, Bad Religion, Op Ivy, ect...) didn't have. Although I am a huge fan of TSOL and the likes these guys took my skateboardin g and dissent to another level.
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im thirteen and they kick a**. rent you wernt there then go to extras then there is a song called bombshelter/ t o j o sikest song ever
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bromide01
Sure. Why not.
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great f**king band...best chicago punk band?
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bromide01
I wasn't there, so I suck.
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One of the best Chicago bands ever! Many nights jumping of the stang during their shows!
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one of the greatest f**king bands ever
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jessiepeckha m
mmmm naked raygun
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I think they're playing SXSW this year. strange.

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