Sometimes when you’re known as a fan of “good” music you get some flack when something like Urge Overkill comes up on shuffle or you pull out the vinyl copy of Saturation. It’s hard to explain the appeal of a band like Urge Overkill unless you lived in Chicago at the time and experienced the Nash Kato phenomena first hand. The band was legend; they had the swagger, the major label deal, the sunglasses and the power chords to go all the way. They came damn close, too (or did they make it for a millisecond?).
Their music is power pop on steroids and that’s why I like it. Simple chords, huge choruses and smashing drums; it’s not that far removed from critic’s darlings like The Posies or Mathew Sweet. Just amplified a thousand times. Here’s their two biggest singles, plus a live video from 2004 (apparently this was their fat/bloated period but the Europeans still loved them).
“The Break” (live)