ARTIST: Naked Raygun
TITLE: Throb Throb
YEAR RELEASED: 1985
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt it, really.
LINEUP: Jeff Pezzati, Camilo Gonzalez, John Haggerty, Jim Coalo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of Chicago’s early punk bands changes up personnel and issues their first full length album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Naked Raygun finally solidified their lineup long enough to get into a studio and record a proper album. Of course, the lineup fluidity was just part of the deal in the early days of a punk scene. Band members join and leave to find other bands or start their own.
This version of Naked Raygun introduces John Haggerty into the mix, who changed their style a bit but they still kept the intensity. Intense is the key word for this group.
The intensity does overwhelm a few of the songs, where it’s a fast burning flame that peters out too quickly. Most everyone writes songs, and that variety is one thing that keeps it from being repetitive. It’s a good effort, but not the release to start exploring this group.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was recorded in 1983, but Homestead Records signed them and put off the record until 1985, which is an eternity in punk rock!
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the 1999 CD reissue adds a track.
GRADE: B: Decent workman-like punk rock, kind of fitting for a Chicago band.