Pegboy

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Pegboy
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Live in 2011
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Punk rock
Years active1990-present
Labels Quarterstick
Associated acts Naked Raygun, Bhopal Stiffs
Website Myspace
Members John Haggerty
Joe Haggerty
Larry Damore
Mike Thompson
Past membersSteve Saylors
Steve Albini
Pierre Kezdy

Pegboy is an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois with a relatively large cult following. They were founded in 1990 by John Haggerty (ex-guitarist for Naked Raygun), along with his brother Joe Haggerty (drums, formerly of The Effigies), Larry Damore (vocals/guitar), and Steve Saylors (bass). Both Damore and Saylors had been members of Chicago-based hardcore band Bhopal Stiffs, whose 1987 demo had been produced by John Haggerty. Pegboy's 1990 debut EP, "Three-Chord Monte", was also the first release by Quarterstick Records, an offshoot of Touch and Go Records. Steve Saylors dropped out in 1992 after job commitments prevented him from touring. Steve Albini, a longtime friend of the band, filled the bass slot on the "Fore" EP. Former Naked Raygun bassist Pierre Kezdy became the permanent bass player in 1994. After the reformation of Naked Raygun, Mike Thompson took over for Kezdy on bass. [1]

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Pegboy supposedly played a "farewell" show on New Year's Eve in 1999 [2] but then denied that it was really a "farewell" show a few years later when they returned to live action. [3]

Pegboy has been touring through the summer of 2009 with Face to Face and Polar Bear Club.

Rise Against's Tim McIlrath, [4] Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, [5] as well as Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan and Shai Hulud's Matt Fox are big Pegboy fans.

Current members

Former members

Discography

Albums

Singles and EPs

Reception

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References

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