Urge Overkill

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Decades Active: 1990s
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Formed in 1986 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Urge Overkill are led by National ‘Nash’ Kato (31 December 1965, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA; vocals) and Blackie ‘Black Caesar’ Onassis (b. Johnny Rowan, 27 August 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA; vocals/drums). The line-up is completed by Eddie ‘King’ Roeser (b. 17 June 1969, Litchfield, Minnesota, USA; bass). They took their name from an old Funkadelic song, and combined the upfront rock riffs of AC/DC with the pop of the Raspberries and Cheap Trick. After releasing a lacklustre debut 12-inch, the Strange, I... EP, Urge Overkill went on to record four albums for seminal Chicago punk label Touch & Go Records, and supported Nirvana. With producers that included Steve Albini and Butch Vig, no one could contest their punk rock credentials. However, such product placement proved misleading They covered Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’, stating that he was...

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