Throb Throb

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Genre Post-hardcore
Length33:37 (reissue)
Label Homestead Records (original album)
Quarterstick Records (reissue)
Producer Gomez Addams, Iain Burgess
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Throb Throb is an album by Chicago punk band Naked Raygun, released on Homestead Records in 1985. [2] It was the first of the band's releases to feature the musicianship of John Haggerty whose guitar playing distinguished the band's sound during the 1980s. Quarterstick Records reissued the album in 1999, and added an early version of "Libido" as bonus material, which originally appeared on the Flammable Solid 7".

Naked Raygun band

Naked Raygun is an American punk rock/post-punk band formed in Chicago in 1980. Initially active until 1992, the band had several short-lived reunions afterwards and a full-time reformation in 2006.

Homestead Records record label

Homestead Records was a Long Island, New York-based sublabel of music distributor Dutch East India Trading. It was founded in 1984 by Sam Berger, who was the American independent buyer for Dutch East India Trading. Berger was finding that many bands who released their own first 45, were having difficulty coming up with the finances to press followups. He was able to convince Barry Tennenbaum, the owner of the company, to press and distribute records for bands that already recorded an album, and have the bands supply the artwork. It is considered instrumental in launching the post-hardcore and noise rock genres. When Berger left to work with Midnight Records, he recommended 18-year-old Gerard Cosloy to take over his role, whom he knew from Boston and who published a fanzine that Homestead distributed. Cosloy went on to sign many of the notable acts. Cosloy was succeeded by Ken Katkin and later by Steven Joerg. The label's last release was Ivo Perelman's Cama de terra in 1996.

John Haggerty American guitarist

John Haggerty is an influential Chicago guitarist. A key member of Naked Raygun during their heyday (1983–1989), Haggerty formed the band Pegboy, with brother Joe Haggerty on drums and Steve Saylors (bass) and Larry Damore (vocals) of the Bhopal Stiffs, upon leaving Naked Raygun.



Naked Raygun had combined resources with other local bands, such as Big Black and The Effigies, to release records themselves under the name Ruthless Records. [3] In 1983 put out the Basement Screams EP and then, after a change of personnel, recorded the LP Throb Throb. Three songs from the album ""Surf Combat", "Gear" and a shorter version of "Libido") saw release on Naked Raygun's first single, Flammible Solid (a tribute to Stiff Little Fingers' first album Inflammable Material ) With their signing to Homestead Records, the release of the full LP was delayed into the following year.

Big Black Band

Big Black was an American punk rock band from Evanston, Illinois, active from 1981 to 1987. Founded by singer and guitarist Steve Albini, the band's initial lineup also included guitarist Santiago Durango and bassist Jeff Pezzati, both of Naked Raygun. In 1985, Pezzati was replaced by Dave Riley, who played on Big Black's two full-length studio albums, Atomizer (1986) and Songs About Fucking (1987).

The Effigies were an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois, United States. The band played its first show in 1980 and was active initially for approximately a decade, undergoing multiple personnel changes with frontman John Kezdy the only constant, before disbanding in 1990. The band released 5 albums and several EPs, most on the record label they founded in 1981, Ruthless Records, which was distributed by Enigma. Later albums were on the Fever Records and Roadkill Records labels. They toured the U.S. and Canada and played notable venues, including CBGB, Maxwell's, First Avenue (nightclub), Mabuhay Gardens, Paycheck's (Detroit), Exit (Chicago) and The Rathskeller, among others. They also received a significant amount of national airplay on college radio at a time when it was the only medium for alternative music.

Ruthless Records (Chicago) record label from Chicago

Ruthless Records was the name of a Chicago punk record label. Founded in 1981 by the Effigies, it was not a real business, but a name used by Chicago and Minneapolis punk bands from 1981 to 1990: Big Black, the Effigies, End Result, Naked Raygun, Rifle Sport and Urge Overkill. The Effigies operated the label from its creation in 1981 until 1984, when they found the label to be distracting from their priorities with the band. They handed the label over to Big Black founder Steve Albini, who ran the label until it dissolved in 1990.

Throb Throb's lyric sheet was done up to resemble a blueprint with white text on a blue background, and on some versions of the LP the lyrics even appeared backwards in the style of an actual blueprint. [4] The LP remained in print through the 1980s and was mastered onto CD. When Quarterstick Records rereleased the band's material in 1999, Homestead's original distributor issued 400 final copies of the LP on green vinyl. [4]

Blueprint document reproduction produced by using a contact print process on light-sensitive sheets

A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing using a contact print process on light-sensitive sheets. Introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842, the process allowed rapid, and accurate, production of an unlimited number of copies. It was widely used for over a century for the reproduction of specification drawings used in construction and industry. The blueprint process was characterised by white lines on a blue background, a negative of the original. The process was not able to reproduce color or shades of grey.

Quarterstick Records is a sublabel of Touch and Go Records.

The cover was created by Chicago comic book artist Mike Saenz.

Mike Saenz is an American comic book artist and software designer. He is the creator of Shatter, as well as an early adult video game, MacPlaymate. Saenz was also the founder of Reactor Inc., a defunct interactive game company.

Track listing

  1. "Rat Patrol" (Haggerty) – 2:13
  2. "Surf Combat" (Gonzalez) – 1:13
  3. "Gear" (Pezzati) – 2:47
  4. "Metastasis" (Gonzalez) – 2:24
  5. "Leeches" (Pezzati) – 3:17
  6. "Roller Queen" (Pezzati/Haggerty) – 3:07
  7. "On" (Gonzalez) - 0:28
  8. "I Don't Know" (Haggerty/Pezzati) - 3:30
  9. "Libido" (Colao) - 3:26
  10. "No Sex" (Pezzati) - 1:52
  11. "Only in America" (Durango/Colao) - 3:04
  12. "Stupid" (Durango) - 1:10
  13. "Managua" (Gonzalez) - 2:13

CD bonus track

  1. "Libido (short)" (Colao) – 2:20


Jeff Pezzati American musician

Jeffrey Neal "Jeff" Pezzati is the lead singer for the popular Chicago punk band, Naked Raygun. From 1983 to 1985, he was also the bass player for the internationally known band Big Black. In 1980, Jeff Pezzati was a member of a suburban cover band, Condor, when he was asked to audition for Naked Raygun by the founders, Santiago Durango and Jeff's brother, Marco Pezzati. Jeff passed the audition and became the band's longest-running member. He has ancestors from North Italy in Lombardy, close to Milan.

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