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PUNK LEGACY A DECADE LATER, NAKED RAYGUN FIRES VOLLEYS FROM THE UNDERGROUND
[CHICAGOLAND FINAL Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Popular music; Trends
Author: Greg Kot, Tribune Rock Critic
Date: Sep 5, 1999
Start Page: 10
Section: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Abstract (Document Summary)

Well, almost everybody. As a new batch of CDs chronicling the career of Chicago's Naked Raygun makes resoundingly clear, there was music in the '80s that owed little to corporate tastemaking. Raygun was among the first bad seeds of punk to take root in the Midwest well out of the music industry's earshot. The mutant offspring of the Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks and Wire, Raygun and their ilk shared a then-radical idea: that you didn't need to be a larger-than-life star with big hair and shiny pants to be in a band. You just needed the attitude, the ideals and the ideas, and the songs would follow. Or, in the words of Raygun's John Haggerty: "I realized I didn't have to be Ritchie Blackmore to play guitar, or have long hair and sell out stadiums to play rock."

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