Naked Raygun - Throb Throb (Cover Artwork)

Naked Raygun

Naked Raygun: Throb ThrobThrob Throb (1999)

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: TheOneTrueBillTheOneTrueBill
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Chicago, the hub of the midwest. Home of some of the best damn meat in the world. But when it comes to punk rock, we are some what lacking. Now granted, there were a few pretty damn good bands from the early 80's, such as the Effigies, and Articles of Faith. But no one could come close to Naked .
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Chicago, the hub of the midwest. Home of some of the best damn meat in the world. But when it comes to punk rock, we are some what lacking. Now granted, there were a few pretty damn good bands from the early 80's, such as the Effigies, and Articles of Faith. But no one could come close to Naked Raygun.

Originaly released in 1985 on Homestead Records, Throb Throb was the debut full length from Jeff Pezatti, John Haggerty and crew. Opening with the infectionous and speedy "Rat Patrol", the album opens with a bang. John Haggerty's guitar intro will make you want to leap out of your seat. The tempo shifts next for "Surf Combat" with it's quasi WWII beach lyrics ("The mid day sun makes you want to kill") and "Gear." These slower numbers, along with "Leeches" and "Roller Queen" show that this wasn't just any punk rock band. They had to have real ideas and ability to pull it off. Another reason why this album sticks out from the pack is the strange song "On." For whatever reason, the band decided to put the song on the LP backwards. When reversed, the songs lyrics come out to

I don't want a pretty girl No no no no no no no no I don't want a small girl No no no no no no no no I don't want a rich girl No no no no no no no no I don't want a smart girl No no no no no no no no I just want a horny girl! I just want a horny girl! I just want a horny girl! I just want a horny girl! yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Classic is the only thing that comes to mind. Picking up the pace for one song is "I Don't Know" which then leads into "Libido," a tale about a man who danced till his prostate fell out. The song has a sort of Scat-Jazz feel to the verses, and a hard rockin' chorus. Very well done. Featuring a pretty bitchin saxophone, "Only In America" is another example of the eclectic nature of the band. "Stupid" is easily the fastest song on the record, which walks on well worn ground but still sounds fresh. Closing the original LP was the anthemic "Managua" which sounds like a march almost.

Re-issued in 1999 on Quarterstick Records, an alternate version of "Libido" is tacked onto the end creating a thirteen song wall of sound. Lacking in almost no place, Throb Throb is a masterpiece of the mid 80's punk scene. It's quite a shame that more people don't know about it outside of our fair city.


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johnjugheadpierson (July 31, 2013)

Jughead's Basement Podcast has a new episode that interviews all the members of Throb Throb that appeared on the record, plus interviews with Eric Spicer, Dan Vapid, and Steve Albini.

http://jugheadsbasementtnh.podomatic.com/entry/2013-07 -30T16_07_40-07_00

Davegeek (June 30, 2011)

An album that helps prove that "hardcore" does not mean "boring and generic".

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

I grew up loving this band. I'm from Chicago. I used to run a label that released records from many of the bands mentioned (Apocalypse Hoboken, Slapstick, Naked Raygun, etc.). I'm not just bragging, I have a point. This debate is stupid. People from Chicago don't have to prove anything to anyone. We love our town. We love our bands. Who cares if the World misses out. I can think of a ton of bands that I thought were great, but slipped by unnoticed. It doesn't matter. We go to the shows, rock out and go home happy just the same. Gimmicks are for clowns and West Coast bands. Let masses have them.

willistg (December 16, 2004)

This is one of the all time classics.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)


Well, you must be a NoFX maniac, because Rise Against sounds just like all the other Fat Wreck NoFX soundalikes... except with a pissy singer instead of a bratty one.

Naked Raygun are great, anyway.

Anonymous (February 14, 2004)

I picked up a used copy of this the other day and it isnt the quarterstick reissue. nice shit

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

By all means keep reviewing anything thats good. Age is irrelevent and you'll be providing a service to those that never had a chance to see or hear these bands.

TheOneTrueBill (March 18, 2003)

I see the angle where you're coming from. I reviewed this now becuase I was listening to it one day, and went to look if there was a review already here for it. When I saw that there wasn't, I took 15 minutes or so and wrote one. Why wasn't it reviewed in 1999? I don't know.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Again, great band, great album, criminally underrated.... but just like the Dead Boys review, WHY NOW???

Quarterstick sent out review copies of the NR reissue series in '99. Why didn't you review it then? Why are you reviewing this now and calling this a "news" site? It seems like the only real punk stuff you guys review is stuff that's 15-25 years old. The rest is emo dogshit. Is this emonews.org? punknostalgia.org? Okay, you did bother reviewing the U.S. Bombs & Turbonegro, but you ignore tons of great stuff in favor weak, sackless garbage a majority of the time. Please, stop it...

-Just some constructive criticism...

Anonymous (March 17, 2003)

So you reviewed the CD as if it were 1985? Interesting.

TheOneTrueBill (March 17, 2003)

I guess I need to explain myself again. In the review, I was talking about the 80's. The decade before the 90's, when Rise Against, Alkaline Trio and all came together. When you think 80's punk I bet you don't think "Chicago!" automaticly unless you're from the city. Were Naked Raygun, The Effigies, etc... as big as some of the DC, LA, or NY bands? No. They weren't. The music was still great, but they weren't as big on the national scene. Even now, I can bring up these bands in conversation and most people won't know about them.

You brought up the more modern bands, I didn't. The context of the review was 1985, not 2003.

Anonymous (March 17, 2003)

Why do you have to be such a dick about it? You talked shit to the guy on an assumption (that the bands were popular nation wide and that's what he meant) and went overboard with it. Maybe he's wrong, but you're not being any less of a dipshit.

Anonymous (March 17, 2003)

You say that you don't like Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, etc, then say that you're one of the few (I assume you meant one of the few in America). You then go on to say that Chicago bands aren't recognized nationally. You are one dumbass motherfucker, motherfucker.

Also, no one mentioned the Arrivals, the best punk rock band today. You're all dumb.

waste_elite (March 16, 2003)

no shit, big black ruled all. albini hasn't had a bad project yet, you can't forget him when looking at the chicago scene. not exactly your standard punk rock, but neither is naked raygun (with whom i bestow this rating).

this album is fucking crazy good.

Anonymous (March 16, 2003)

Wasn't Big Black out of Chicago as well, and Albini pretty much became a big time producer in the early 90's. Regardless, one of the favorite albums form my youth, highly recoemended. they also have a compilation out with samples form their various albums (five?) if you want to good feel for what the band was all about musically. Ohe yeah, and back to Big Black, buy Atomizer while you're getting this.

TheOneTrueBill (March 16, 2003)

i was expecting the "are you crazy" comments, but I'm not a big fan of Alkaline trio, Lawrence Arms, Rise Against etc. (Sometimes i think i'm the only one) What I meant was that in comparison to other places, we didn't have the bands that got the national recognition. Not this means much, but it's true

No one's mentioned the Blue Meanines at all surprisingly. They were a good one

Anonymous (March 16, 2003)

you said it br0h@m!

evildeadalive (March 15, 2003)

Naked Raygun are pretty kickass I've gotta admit. But has anyone else noticed how fucking good the new Rise Against songs are sounding? Holy goddamned motherfucking shit. I mean their first album was good, but the new stuff is, for a lack of a better word, amazing. First 'Generation Lost', then 'Gethsamane' and now 'Heaven Knows'. Holy Jebus these songs are kicking my fucking ass. I absolutely can't wait for the new album.

Anonymous (March 15, 2003)

This is a good review and its good people are talking about Naked Raygun, but the reviewer is a moron. No good Chicago bands? Are you on crack???

Chicago has had some of the best bands like The Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio, The Broadways, Slapstick, Apocalypse Hoboken, Tuesday, and many more.

hubitcherkokov (March 14, 2003)

Don't forget Rise Against, Slapstick, Baxter, Tuesday, The Honor System, The Ghost, 88 Fingers Louie, etc. Granted, a number of these bands broke up, but still...you can't really say Chicago has a bad scene.

Anonymous (March 14, 2003)

Chicago is lacking punk rock? Naked Raygun, Pegboy, Screeching Weasil, Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence arms, The broadways, The vindictives, if you're talking punk rock bands. Otherwise, there are a lots of indie bands that are good that don't fall under punk rock.

REALPUNX4LIFE (March 14, 2003)

This is the best record ever.

turdcorn (March 14, 2003)

Now we need some Pegboy reviews.

turdcorn (March 14, 2003)

4.5 stars onetruebill. Awsome.

Anonymous (March 14, 2003)

Damn Straight. Great Album from a Great Band. Blows much of today's music away. It has what we call "Quality" (something lacking releases of late).

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