Naked Raygun

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk punk rock chicago hardcore post-punk hardcore punk seen live post-hardcore Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formerly Negro Commander, a band whose life span extended to a single show, Chicago, Illinois, USA’s Naked Raygun were their city’s premier hardcore band of the early 80s. Despite appearances to the contrary, their name was chosen prior to the election of US President Ronald Reagan. Dropping bass player Marco Pezzati for Camilo Gonzalez of the Wayouts at the same time as they lost their original name, the rest of the band comprised Jeff Pezzati (vocals) and Santiago Durango (guitar). No drummer featured in the original line-up until Jim Colao was recruited. Santiago then moved on to Big Black and Arsenal, and was replaced by John Haggerty who had already played saxophone at early shows. Their recording career had begun with the documentary 1981 Chicago live compilation, Busted At Oz, released on Autumn Records (it also featured the Effigies and Strike Under, from whom later members would come). New drummer Eric Spicer (ex-DVA) was drafted in 1983 as the...

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