Monday, January 12, 2009


The Returnables were a Chicago-based quartet which formed in Madison, Wisconsin, on former Naked Raygun leader Jeff Pezzati's label. (He executive produced and played piano on one track.) Stirring melodies, breathless rhythms and evident knowledge of a wide variety of forbears set up songs that don't stint on raucous power or silly high school lyrics ("She Throws Punches," "Your Teenage Friends," "Bubblegum" — it makes perfect sense that girls' names figure in the titles of four songs here) but also sparkle with tuneful wit, sharp hooks and fine club-honed playing. (And kudos for including "Monica," a previously unrecorded song written by former Green/Lilacs bassist Ken Kurson.) The spectrum on Unrequited Hits runs from the Buzzcocks to the Elvis Brothers to the Smugglers. On 7/14/05, the band came to an end when guitarist John Glick was killed alongside Silkworm's Michael Dahlquist and The Dials' Doug Meis in a tragic auto collision. But the music goes on.
REFERENCES - http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=returnables / http://www.myspace.com/thereturnables

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