is a Chicago
-based punk rock
group. Initially active from 1980 to about 1992, Naked Raygun had several short-lived reunions afterwards and a full-time reformation in 2006.
From the beginning, their music had a strong sense of melody
and songwriting, with Pezzati's lyrics often exploring working class
issues. Naked Raygun began in the hardcore punk
style, later branching out into post-hardcore
territory. By their early 1990s incarnation, Naked Raygun's melodic tendencies became more pronounced, with strong power pop
leanings in the vein of Buzzcocks
, Stiff Little Fingers
, and The Jam
The band was formed in 1980 by Santiago Durango
, Marko Pezzati and later Jeff Pezzati
. Singer Jeff Pezzati was the sole constant member through multiple personnel changes. Members over time include drummers Bobby Strange, Jim Colao, and Eric Spicer; bassists Marko Pezzati, Pierre Kezdy, and Camilo Gonzalez; guitarists Santiago Durango, John Haggerty
, and Bill Stephens; and keyboardist John Lundin.
Durango and Jeff Pezzati were also members of Big Black
during the early 1980s.
Post Naked Raygun
In 1989, John Haggerty left Naked Raygun to form Pegboy
with his younger brother Joe (formerly of Bloodsport and The Effigies
) and Steve Saylors and Larry Damore of the Bhopal Stiffs
(Pierre Kezdy would later replace Steve Saylors). Jeff Pezzati is the lead singer of The Bomb. (A... Read More