August 9th, 2015
My brother passed away back in the spring and I am posting some shows that he attended as well as shows by bands that he liked but for which he did not leave behind a ticket stub.
I found a ticket stub for the Naked Raygun show at the Riviera on 9 September 1989 amongst my brother’s possessions. Although I was unable to find a recording of that particular show I was able to find a nice audience recording of a gig in the spring of that year from Copenhagen.
Truth be told I am not a big Naked Raygun fan. I don’t dislike them by any means, I just find them to be alright, basically. My brother, on the other hand, loved them. In addition to a ticket stub he also had several of their albums on vinyl. They are certainly the first band that comes to mind when I think of the Chicago punk scene. I hope I don’t come across as damning with faint praise or any such thing because that’s not my intention. Naked Raygun were just a band that my brother was into much more than myself.
Anyway, let’s get to the music.
This performance was recorded on 24 May 1989 in front of a bunch of Danes at the Barbue in Copenhagen. It’s really much better than “nice” – this is indeed a great recording.
Dog At Large
I Don’t Know
Ever Fallen in Love
Here’s the band from Austria in 1989. This must be shortly before or after the Copenhagen gig as I presume that Naked Raygun weren’t doing multiple European tours in a single year. But stranger things have happened, I guess.