Naked Raygun

Naked Raygun

The band in concert in 2007
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Punk rock
Hardcore punk
Years active 1980–1992, 2006–present
Labels Ruthless Records
Homestead Records
Quarterstick Records
Caroline Records
Riot Fest Records
Associated acts Big Black
Jeff Pezzati
Bill Stephens
Pierre Kezdy
Eric Spicer
Past members
Santiago Durango
John Haggerty
Bobby Strange
Jim Colao
Marco Pezzati
Camilo Gonzalez
John Lundin

Naked Raygun is a Chicago-based punk rock group. Initially active from 1980 to about 1992, Naked Raygun had several short-lived reunions afterwards and a full-time reformation in 2006.

From the beginning, their music had a strong sense of melody and songwriting, with Pezzati's lyrics often exploring working class issues. Naked Raygun began in the hardcore punk style, later branching out into post-hardcore territory. By their early 1990s incarnation, Naked Raygun's melodic tendencies became more pronounced, with strong power pop leanings in the vein of Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Jam.



Initial run

The band was formed in 1980 by Santiago Durango, Marko Pezzati and later Jeff Pezzati. Singer Jeff Pezzati was the sole constant member through multiple personnel changes. Members over time include drummers Bobby Strange, Jim Colao, and Eric Spicer; bassists Marko Pezzati, Pierre Kezdy, and Camilo Gonzalez; guitarists Santiago Durango, John Haggerty, and Bill Stephens; and keyboardist John Lundin.[1]

Durango and Jeff Pezzati were also members of Big Black during the early 1980s.[2]

Post Naked Raygun

In 1989, John Haggerty left Naked Raygun to form Pegboy with his younger brother Joe (formerly of Bloodsport and The Effigies) and Steve Saylors and Larry Damore of the Bhopal Stiffs (Pierre Kezdy would later replace Steve Saylors)[3].

Jeff Pezzati is also the lead singer of The Bomb, which is a different and later band than the San Francisco group, known as "Bomb"[4].


A two-show reunion in 1997 produced the live album Free Shit!.[5][6]

In 1999, the independent record label Quarterstick Records re-issued the bands back catalog on CD.[1][7]

On August 16, 2006 it was announced that Naked Raygun would reunite for Riot Fest 2006, an annual punk rock festival held in Chicago. Other high profile reunions for Riot Fest 2006 included the Blue Meanies and The Bollweevils.

Naked Raygun also played a low-key, invitation-only show on October 19, 2006 at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago.

Following their reunion at Riot Fest 2006, Naked Raygun announced that the band was "back for good."[8][9] The reunited lineup consists of its "Raygun...Naked Raygun" members: Pezzati, Stephens, Kezdy, and Spicer.[10]

On July 14, 2009 it was announced that Naked Raygun would soon return to the studio for the first time since 1997 for a series of 7" singles to be released on Riot Fest Records. After the singles series the band plans to record an LP, the first since 1990's Raygun... Naked Raygun.[11]



  • Basement Screams 12" ::Ruthless Records (1983), Quarterstick Records (1999 - CD only), Haunted Town Records (2007 - LP only)
  • Throb Throb LP -with cover art by Macintosh comic book artist Mike Saenz- ::Homestead Records (1985), Quarterstick Records (1999 - CD only), Haunted Town Records (2008 - LP only)
  • All Rise LP ::Homestead (1986), Quarterstick Records (1999 - CD only), Haunted Town Records (2008 - LP only)
  • Jettison LP ::Caroline Records (1988), Quarterstick Records (1999 - CD only)
  • Understand? LP ::Caroline Records (1989), Quarterstick Records (1999 - CD only)
  • Raygun... Naked Raygun LP ::Caroline Records (1990), Quarterstick Records (1999 - CD only)
  • Last of the Demohicans CD ::Dyslexic Records, (1997)
  • Free Shit! live LP/CD ::(Haunted Town Records)
  • What Poor Gods We Do Make CD ::Riot Fest Records (2007)


  • Treason 12" ::3 songs, on pink vinyl limited to 2,500 numbered records (although unnumbered versions, stamped "Promo only" exist)  ::Caroline Records (1989)


  • Flammable Solid 7" ::Ruthless Records (1983)
  • Vanilla Blue 7" on white/light blue marbled vinyl ::Sandpounder Records (1987)
  • Home 7" on green vinyl ::Caroline Records (1990)
  • Series 1 7" on red & on cream vinyl ::Riot Fest Records (2010)
  • Series 2 7" on violet & on black vinyl ::Riot Fest Records(2010)


  • What Poor Gods We Do Make DVD ::Riot Fest Records (2007)

Compilation albums

  • Busted At Oz LP (Autumn Records, 1981)
  • Rat Music for Rat People, Vol. 3 (CD Presents, 1987)
  • Somethings's Gone Wrong Again: The Buzzcocks Covers Compilation (CD, LP, Comp, C/Z Records, 1992)

See also

  • You Weren't There


  1. ^ a b Naked Raygun Biography by Greg Prato at Allmusic
  2. ^ Big Black Biography by Mark Deming at Allmusic
  3. ^ Pegboy Biography by Steve Huey at Allmusic
  4. ^ The Bomb Biography by Andy Kellman at Allmusic
  5. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (December 1, 1997). "Naked Raygun". Chicago Sun-Times: pp. 32. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (September 5, 1999). "PUNK LEGACY A DECADE LATER, NAKED RAYGUN FIRES VOLLEYS FROM THE UNDERGROUND". Chicago Tribune: pp. 10. 
  8. ^ "Naked Raygun reunite permanently, plan live CD/DVD". AP Alt Press. January 4, 2007. 
  9. ^ Naked Raygun Official Web Site
  10. ^ Official Site - History
  11. ^ Riot Fest – Naked Raygun entering the studio soon for 7" series, LP coming later

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