Chicago Punk History Radio Documentary
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Graham



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:36 am    Post subject: Chicago Punk History Radio Documentary Reply with quote

Hi. I work for Chicago Public Radio and am in the process of putting together a documentary on the history of the Chicago punk and underground music scenes of the 70's and 80's. I am tired of New York, LA and London getting all the credit for all the great music when in fact Chicago and the Midwest has contributed some of the greatest music of all time.

This is a project in the earliest pre production stages and I have a list of people and organizations I'd like to interview and include, but since I didn't get into punk until I was a high school freshman in 1987, I missed out on a lot and so don't have a complete idea of what to include.

So I am asking those of you here, specifically old timers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, to help with suggestions of people, bands, clubs, zines, labels, shows you attended, etc, that you feel were essential to this time. I would like this project to be as comprehensive as possible, and yes I would like to include the Wax Trax industrial bands of that time as well as the suburban scene that I was first exposed to that had bands like Screeching Weasel and the Smoking Popes. From Pezband to Naked Raygun to Ministry to the Jesus Lizard, I'd like to touch on all of it. I know these scenes are perhaps unrelated, some even aggresively so, yet they all contributed to making Chicago an important center of all things rock.

This would be as long as it needed to be, so if and when it is finally broadcast, it may be a multi episode production. I am also interested in any live or rare recordings for use in the documentary. However, I want to talk about more than just the music and get into the hippie feel good aspects of people's feelings, attitudes, artistic goals and life changing events that all pertain to the subject of Chicago's underground music community of the 70's and 80's.

As I said I work for public radio and I come from a DIY background, so this isn't a get rich commercial pursuit, it is my attempt to piece together a history of the music that remains to me exciting and important. I am an engineer at the station and this would be my first production submitted for broadcast consideration so it's ultimate realization is unknown, though I have the support of some people at the station.

Please feel free to email me at graham@grahamhick.com with "Chicago Punk" or some such thing in your subject line, with ideas and suggestions of who and what to cover. Also feel free to discuss it here in this thread. As I said, I wasn't aware until 1987 so I need help in making this accurate and relevant. I have the luxury of taking my time, but I don't want to spend more than a year or so on it if I can help it.

Sorry for the long post and thank you for reading.
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hermit



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Start with Naked Raygun...
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rahpower



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naked Raygun formed in ~'81, right? Strike Under, The Effigies were ~'80? Thus, it would be necessary to go back a bit further, hermit. Can't skip over these rockers, and others that I haven't mentioned!
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hermit



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never meant they were the first, I just figured it would be a good place to start. Twisted Evil
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rahpower



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, gotcha.
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Felix Havoc



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have all the records graham? Strike Under, NR and Effigies singles, Fast N Loud comp, busted at Oz comp?

I would for sure track down WNUR djs. I'm sure effigies, aof and NR guys are all around and easy to contact. Version Sound label?

If you dig up any info on Violent Tumor I'm fascinated by this band and can find out nothing about them.
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Ollie Stench



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's DDB?
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zom-zom



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chicago and Illinois did seem have a fairly large "Power Pop" scene, with Pezband, The Shoes, etc. Don't skip over the New Wave scene either, bands like Bohemia, Poison Squirrel, Skafish, Wazmo Nariz and many others drew pretty big crowds and were certainly a part of Chicago punk/new wave. Some of them played around the midwest, I did sound for Bohemia in the Entry over twenty years ago.

For a while in the mid '80s, there was a contingent of bands from here and Chicago playing shows in Minneapolis and vice-versa. Man-Sized Action, Rifle Sport, Naked Raygun, Big Black etc. Fun times.

I seem to recall that Strike Under is the first official Punk Rock record released from a Chicago band.
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rahpower



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zom-zom wrote:
I seem to recall that Strike Under is the first official Punk Rock record released from a Chicago band.


. . . and what a great record it is (WAX 001?). Don't tell DDM I said that. You know how big his his head gets. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a truly great record. We are honored to have dum dum boy in our midst.
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hermit



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I certainly hope Graham comes back to follow up on his reseach and lets us know how it's going.
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dum dum boy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys! This sounds like a worthy project. It does however make me think of octogenarians giving oral histories on front porches. I would love to spill the dirt on those crums in Raygun. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what can you tell us about bonemen of barumba?
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Patti Pagan



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dum dum boy wrote:
Hi guys! This sounds like a worthy project. It does however make me think of octogenarians giving oral histories on front porches. I would love to spill the dirt on those crums in Raygun. Wink


You must be part of The Greatest Generation...
(Actually, that'd make a great band name....not band of brothers though...yuk-yuk!)
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dum dum boy



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bpchnc wrote:
what can you tell us about bonemen of barumba?



Only that they provided an ideal name with which cruel members of rival groups could offhandedly slag them.
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