Urge Overkill – Jesus Urge Superstar (1988), Saturation(1993), Exit The Dragon (1995)

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
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After a long fifteen year absence, the almighty Urge Overkill is back with plans for a new album early next year. For their triumphant return the original core of the band, vocalist/guitarist Nash Kato and guitarist Eddie “King” Roeser, will be joined by Gaza Strippers bassist Mike Hodgkiss and Polvo drummer Brian Quast .

Urge Overkill was formed in 1985 by Chicago natives Kato (aka Nathan Kaatrud) and Roeser. Their first e.p. and full length albums, Strange I…(1986) and Jesus Urge Superstar (1988) were recorded by infamous Windy City noise producer Steve Albini. Superstar, which marked the bands first release for the Touch and Go label, was characteristic with  Chicago’s noise rock scene of the late 80’s/early 90’s. However with their next two albums, Americruiser (1990) and Supersonic Storybook (1991), the band shifted gears to an eclectic fusion of Stones style rock n roll and Stooges influenced punk with notable hints of arena rock. The rapid expansion of the band’s following was expedited by opening slots for both Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Vs. tours. Major labels took notice and by 1992 , Urge Overkill had signed a deal with Geffen.

1993’s Saturation was Urge’s first LP for their new label.  Although receiving strong critical reviews and producing two modest chart successes, “Sister Havana” and “Positive Bleeding”, Saturation didn’t propel the band into the pop success that some had predicted. Before heading into the studio to record the follow-up to their major label debut, recorded a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” for Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 hit Pulp Fiction.  The movie became a hit and resulted in the song reaching the Billboard Top 50, the band’s all time highest chart success.

In 1995, the band released its fifth LP, Exit The Dragon, on Geffen Records. A tour was booked in support of the album, but it ended prematurely as a falling out between Kato and Roesner imploded and drummer Blackie Onassis was arrested on heroin charges.

In the years following, Nato attempted to keep Urge afloat, recruiting various musicians and signing to Sony affiliate 550 Music. However, by the end of the 90’s, the band had lost momentum and sadly faded into relative obscurity. Nato pulled the plug on the Urge Overkill name in 1997.

To the excitement of Urge fans and music enthusiasts in general, Kato and Roesner patched things up and reformed the band in 2004. Though no new material had been written, the new lineup (including Hodgkiss and Quast) played shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, and NYC before embarking on full tours of Europe, Australia, and the United States.

Finally in September of this year, a New York City radio station played the first new Urge Overkill track in 15 years. The song is called “Effigy” and holy hell, does it smoke. The song is slated to be released on a yet to be titled full length album due out sometime early in 2011. You can listen to Effigy” below, as well find links to Jesus Urge Superstar, Saturation, and Exit The Dragon.

Jesus Urge Superstar.zip

 

                              saturation.zip

                            exit the dragon.zip

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