Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Top 6 Chicago Bands

Back in June 2005 (which wasn't too long after this blog first started) I did a Top Artists of Chicago list. Well, that was over 7 years ago and now is a good time for an updated list so here it is. The Top 6 Bands from the Chicago area, in descending order of preference:

Smoking Popes
This pop punk band got together in 1991 in Lake in the Hills, a northwestern suburban area outside Chicago, by the Caterer brothers. They eventually broke up in 1999 but reunited in 2005. They have released 6 studio albums, 4 EPs, 2 compilation albums, and 2 live albums.
Favorite Songs:
Not That Kind of Girlfriend. Let Them Die. Rubella. Need You Around. No More Smiles. Megan. Pretty Pathetic. Welcome to Janesville. Stefanie. If You Don't Care. Wish We Were. This Is Only a Test. Punk Band.
You read about them at the following sites:
Smoking Popes Official Website
Smoking Popes Wiki article
Follow Smoking Popes on Twitter
Like Smoking Popes on Facebook.


Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio is a punk rock band that started in 1996 in McHenry, another northwestern suburb on the outskirts of Chicago. Since their time together they have released 8 studio albums, 2 compilation albums, and 3 EPs.
Favorite Songs:
Radio. Private Eye. Queen of Pain. All on Black. Emma. Time to Waste. Mercy Me. Sadie. This Addiction. Dine Dine My Darling. Off the Map.
Read about them at the following sites:
Alkaline Trio Official Website
Alkaline Trio on MySpace
Alkaline Trio Wiki article
Follow Alkaline Trio on Twitter
Like Alkaline Trio on Facebook


Screeching Weasel
Punk rockers Screeching Weasel formed originally in 1986 in Chicago. This band has broken up and reformed several times, having most recently re-formed in 2009. They have released 12 studio albums, 14 EPs, and 4 compilations.
Favorite Songs:
Murder in the Brady House. I Hate Led Zeppelin. Dingbat. Hey Suburbia. Making You Cry. Veronica Hates Me. Cindys on Methadone. The Science of Myth. My Brain Hurts. Automatic Rejector. A New Tomorrow. Cool Kids. First Day of Summer. Your Name is Tattoed On My Heart.
For information about Screeching Weasel, you can go to:
SW Wiki article
SW Official site
Follow SW on Twitter
Like SW on Facebook


Rise Against
This punk rock band formed in 1999 in Chicago. They have released 6 studio albums and 3 EPs.
Favorite Songs:
Collapse. Long Forgotten Sons. Hero of War. Savior. Architects. Make It Stop. Satellite. Broken Mirrors.
More Rise Against info:
Rise Against Wiki article
Rise Against Official site
Follow Rise Against on Twitter
Like Rise Against on Facebook


Big Black
Big Black was, for lack of a better description, an industrial/punk band, that got together in 1981 in Evanston, a Chicago suburb north of the city. It was put together by uber-producer Steve Albini and former Naked Raygun guitarist Santiago Durango. They were only together for 6 years but they were quite an influence on many other bands. They released 2 studio albums, 2 live albums, 2 compilation albums, and 4 EPs.
Favorite Songs:
Jordan, Minnesota. Pigeon Kill. The Power of Independent Trucking. The Model. Bad Penny. L Dopa.
For more info on Big Black, visit the Wiki article about them

Ministry
This band started out in 1981 as a new wave band but eventually progressed into an industrial metal band. It was formed in Chicago by Al Jourgensen. The band disbanded in 2008 but got back together for a reunion in 2011 and released a new album in 2012. They released 12 studio albums, 4 live albums, and 14 compilation/remix albums. They have also released 3 box sets (why a band would need 3 box sets is beyond me though).
Favorite Songs:
Revenge. Everyday is Halloween. Stigmata. Thieves. Burning Inside. So What. NWO. Just One Fix. Jesus Built My Hotrod.
For more info:
Official Ministry site
Ministry Wiki article

Here is a list of honorable mentions. Bands from the Chicago area that I like but not necessarily well enough to make it to a tops list:

Smashing Pumpkins
Naked Raygun
Pegboy
Veruca Salt
The Methadones
The Jesus Lizard

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