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The Chicago Punk Database

This site intends to be a collections of bands, members, labels etc. for the Chicago punk scene. This site focuses on the earlier Chicago scene - but is open to all eras past and present. Most information on this page focuses on Chicago punk before 1990, though there is a growing collection of information from the 1990s and beyond. If you have content to add for an era feel free to contribute. All you have to do to add pages is create an account and start making pages. Click here for more info on how to edit pages.

There are 740 articles in the database, most of which are small and need more information. Some suggestions to get started - add a link to an unlisted band on left-hand side of this page, go to a band's page and add members/instruments, fix any spelling errors, or create new page about your favorite Chicago Punk record. Anything you can add will help tremendously, so please contribute today!

Recent News

RIP Steve Albini and John Kezdy


Chicago Punk lost two titans as John Kezdy, lead singer of The Effigies, had an accident on his bicycle and passed away at the age of 64. John has been involved with the scene since the beginning and will be missed dearly. Here is a long interview with John from Lumpen Radio where he talked about his time with music in Chicago and stories about the Effigies and touring. An article on Kezdy's accident can be found here

Steve Albini also passed away suddenly in May at the age of 61, a NYT article on his legacy can be found here.

Watch the Savage Beliefs Movie


In 1984 Savage Beliefs movie was mostly shot and thought lost forever, but in 2019 director Charlie Fink released the footage on his YouTube page. The movie is mostly complete and can be see here. Live performance footage for the movie was shot in October 1984 at West End, the show also features Naked Raygun.

A good writeup on the movie can be found here and MXV's writeup on the release show is here

Main Pages

70s Bands

BB Spin, Bohemia, Boulevard , The Buzzards, Chicago Toys, The Corrosives, The Crucified, The Cunts, The Dadistics, Epicycle, The Exit, The Ferraris, Immune System, The Kind, The Lazerblades, Meaty Buys, The Mentally Ill, Nodes, Pistol Whip, Poison Squirrel, Popperz, The Rabbits, Rainbow Girls, Silver Abuse, Skafish, The Swingers, The Trouble Boys, Tutu and the Pirates, Wazmo Nariz, X-Idols

80s Bands

4xy, 11th Commandment, A Mason in Ur, Algebra Suicide, Anti-Bodies, Arsenal, Articles of Faith, Babes In Toyland, Barbie Army, Bhang Revival, Bhopal Stiffs, Blatant Dissent, Bleach Battalion, Bloodsport, Bloody Nails, Big Black, Blue Green God, Bonemen of Barumba, Bottles Flying, Breaking Circus, Burning Corvairs, Bucket #6, Caustic Defiance, Certain Death, Da, The Dangling Units, Dead Fink, Dead Serious, Dead Steel Mill, Defoliants, Denied Remarks, Destructive Youth Patrol, Dog At Large, The Drats, The Drill, Dumb Ra, DV8, The Effigies, Electric Cool-Aid, The End, End Result, Enema Resort, Evil Eye, Flea Circus, Forced Allegiance, The Front Lines, Friends of Betty, Fudge Tunnel, Gary Jones, Gear, Generation Waste, Get Smart!, Grab Bag of Fathers, Gross National Product, Group of Individuals, happy hunting, Happy Toons, Hazardous Youth, Heavy Manners, Identity Crisis, ID Under, IMF, The Imports, Impulse Manslaughter, Indecent Liberties, Industrialized Autocracy, Infections, Insane War Tomatoes, The Interceptors, Insolent Respect, Johnny Vomit, Juvenile Delinquents, K.G.B., The Kremlins, The Kruds, The Leeches, Life Sentence, Loose Lips, Lost Cause, The Luchs Brothers, Mark O and Leslie, Men, Ministry, The Misled, M.O.S.H., Nadsat Rebel, Naked Raygun, Navastrau, Negative Element, NGA JIWA, No Empathy, Noise Monsters, Number Nine, The Odd, ONO, Out of Order, The Ozzfish Experience, Painterband, Phil 'n the Blanks, Plywood, Political Justice?, Precious Wax Drippings, Problem Dogs, Product 19, Protagonists, Psi Bears, Rapeman, Repulse Kava, Ring 13, Rights of the Accused, Sanitary Patrol, Savage Beliefs, Scarred For Life, Scoobie Snack, Screaming Rachel and Remote, Screeching Weasel, Seismic Waves, Sharon Tate's Baby, Silent Language, Silly Carmichaels, Six Feet Under, Slit and the Stiches, Sludgeworth, Small Irregular Pieces of Aluminum, Special Affect, Spongetunnel, Sport of Kings, Stations, straightjacketbazooka, Strike Under, The Suburban Nightmare, The Subverts, Tar, Target, Ten Year Old Surgeons, Terminal Beach, The Throbbers, Toothpaste, Trial by Fire, Uncle Fester, Unified Field, Urban DK, Urge Overkill, The Vaguelys, Verboten, Vermicious Knids, Viktimz of Society, Violent Feedback, Violent Tumor, The Watchmen, The Wayouts, We Make The Nig Heist Look Like Saints, Zoetrope

90s Bands

88 Fingers Louie, 8 Bark, Alkaline Trio, Allister, Alpha Skool, Apocalypse Hoboken, The Arrivals, The Beautiful Mutants, The Bliss Machine, Blue Collar, Blue Meanies, Bobby Conn, Bollweevils, Brownpeace, Buzzmuscle, Cap'n Jazz, Captured by Robots, The Cunts, David and the Happenings, The Dead Carpenters, Deadscene, Drunken Catholics, Friction, Gauge, Gore Gore Girls, The Indicators, Ivy League, Jack Scratch, Jerkwater, The Jesus Lizard, Keep Away From Julie, Landos 45, Los Crudos, Lozenge, The Misdemeanors. My Big Beautiful, Oblivion, Pegboy, The Riverdales, Ruby Zel, Screeching Weasel, Shellac, Skullface, Skullkrusher, Slapstick, Slow Children Playing, Sludgeworth, Smoking Popes, Sweep the Leg Johnny, Swingset, Tar, Toucan Slam, Trenchmouth, Tuesday, V.Reverse, The Vindictives, Wesley Willis, The Wesley Willis Fiasco, Winepress,

2000s Bands

The Black Sheep Band, Bluster, The Bomb, The Coughs, Lawrence Arms, The Methadones, Report Suspicious Activity, Wardogs

Bands That Need Pages / Information

Baxter, The Broadways, Causey Way, Colossal, Crashdog, Deals Gone Bad, Duvall, Dumb Ra, The Honor System, Hot Stove Jimmy, Mary Tyler Morphine, Mexican Cheerleader, Mob Action, The Nobs, Razer, Research Defense Squad, The Sex Kittens, Skapone, Skullface, Slaphappy, Snidely Whiplash Experience, Spiderz, Squirtgun, The Tarts, The Torpedos, The Tossers, The Trouble Boys, Tremors, Tricky Dick, Tub Ring, The Untouchables, Urethra Franklin, The Ventilators, The Vicissitudes, Walker, Wolcott


A Chicago Punk Rock Collaboration For The Kids, Vol 1, All Rise, Achtung Chicago!, Basement Screams, Boogadaboogadaboogada!, Busted at Oz, Code Blue, Dial-a-Trance, Flammable Solid, Home, Innocence, It's A Punk Thing, You Wouldn't Understand, Jettison, My Brain Hurts, No Punks in the Pit, Raygun...Naked Raygun, Magnetic Curses, The Middle of America Compilation, Picking More Daisies, Punkhouse, There's A Fungus Among Us, Throb Throb, Understand?, Vanilla Blue


Aaugh! Records, Alona's Dream Records, Autumn Records, Dazit Records, Dill Records, Disturbing Records, Fever Records, Fiction Records, Go Deaf, Harmless Records, H.I.D. Productions Ltd, Homestead Records, Johann's Face Records, Landmind Records, Little Farmer Music, National Trust, No Blow Records, Quarterstick Records, Pink Records, Pravda Records, Roadkill Records, Ruthless Records, Schwa Records, Sandpounder Records, Shakefork Records, Skinhead Records, Snat 5 Records, Subfusc, Suburban Home, Thermidor Records, Thick Records, Touch and Go, Tough Records, Underdog Records, Underground Communique, Version Sound, Victory Records, VML Records, Walkthrufyre Records, Wasteland Records, Wax Trax Records, What The Fuck? Records


Steve Albini, Al Scum, Rodney Anderson, Jon Babbin, Billy Blastoff, Vic Bondi, Chris Bjorklund, Steve Bjorklund, Eric Brockman, Iain Burgess, Robert Byrne, Mick Calhoun, Joe Camarillo, Eric Cassell, Jeremy Cowan, Steve Cheese, Tom Clark, Larry Damore, Bob Damrau, Troy Dixler, Ted Domurat, Lorna Donley, Sean Duffy, Santiago Durango, Rich Edgley, Jed Fox, Bob Furem, Philip Galanter, Camilo Gonzalez, Ken Goodman, Jack Graham, P. Michael Grego, Joe Haggerty, John Haggerty, Scott Harris, Dem Hopkins, Anthony Illarde, Al Jourgensen, Jughead, Marie Kanger-Born, John Kezdy, Pierre Kezdy, Joe Losurdo, John Lundin, Keith Lyons, Art MacQuilkin, Doug McCombs, Bill Meehan, Ken Mierzwa, John Mohr, Terry Nelson, Brian Peterson, Marko Pezzati, Mary Alice Ramel, Sean Rice,Dave Riley, Corey Rusk,Bobby Scarpelli, Dan Schafer, Dan Schneider, Audrey Shaw, Bobby Skafish, Jim Skafish, Slapstick Family Tree, Jim Sludge, Brooks Smith, Geri Soriano, Eric Spicer, Bill Stephens, Chopper Steppe, Steve Steppe, Barry Stern, Dan Sullivan, Travis, Dave Thomas, Chuck Uchida, Joey Vindictive, Douglas Ward, Rob Warmowski, Ben Weasel, Kevin Weppner, Paul Zamost, Bryn Zellers


3rd Floor, 950 Lucky Number, A-Zone, Abbey Pub, Ann Arkees, Aragon Ballroom, Artful Dodger, The Avalon, B'Ginnings, The Bank, Batteries Not Included, Bop Shop, The Bottle, Bottom Lounge, Centro-American Social Club, Circuits, Club Foot, COD, The Congress Theatre, The Crypt, Cubby Bear, Czar Bar, Delilah's, Dreamerz, Durty Nellies, El Rancho Orphanage, Empty Bottle, Exit, Fireside Bowl, Fotch's, Gaspars, Harry Hopes, Head's Pub, Hell House, Hideout, The, Hotti Biscotti, Hueys, The Igloo, Iron Rail, Isabelle's Grand Finale, Ivanhoe Theater, Jamies Elsewhere Lounge, Katz and Jammer Kids, Keith Garage, La Mere Vipere, Lounge Ax, McGreevys, McGregor's, Medusas, Metro, Mexican Patriotic Club, Misfits, The Mutiny, Neo, The Nervous Center, No Palace, O'Banion's, Oak Theatre, Odum, Off the Alley, Old Chicago, Off the Alley, Over Easy, Oz, Park West, Phyllis' Musical Inn, The Piss Factory, Prodigal Son, Quiet Knight, Riley's Rock House, The Riviera, Ruts, Space Place, Stages, Tuts, The Warehouse, Waves, West End, Wrigley Side


Bullshit Detector, Coolest Retard, Disorderly Conduct, Gabba Gabba Gazette, Last Rites, Les Ponques Rockeurs, Matter, Non-Stop Banter, Primitive Noise, Raveup, Submission, THIS, Wholesome, Your Country Needs You/YOU


Chicago Punk History at a Glance - Timeline Detailed History by Year - 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2021 2023


Bloodsport, DV8, Seismic Waves, Toothpaste


You Weren't There


Punkin' Donuts


Chic-a-go-go, JBTV