The Scene (#9): Those Naked Guys

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The spring of 1995, until the summer of 1996 when I graduated from high school, was a major time of change in my life. I put the final nail in my baseball playing days when I quit the varsity team my junior year which caused a major rift between my father and I, but I was on an entirely new path.

If you looked in my closet you would find that I replaced my old football and baseball jersey’s with flannels and band t-shirts; Porno For Pyros, Oasis, Soul Asylum, Nine Inch Nails, The Rolling Stones, Violent Femmes, Rancid, Operation Ivy, and of course, several different designs featuring Green Day.

My alternative and punk rock music collection was rapidly growing to nearly 100 CD’s: My own copy of Operation Ivy, Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves, Green Day – Insomniac, The Goo Goo Dolls – A Boy Named Goo, Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute, Soul Asylum – Let Your Dim Light Shine, Everclear – Sparkle and Fade, and The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – to name a few!

Tucked in the top drawer of my desk were ticket stubs from the first real shows I went to without mom and dad in tow:  Soul Asylum with Matthew Sweet and “Twisted Christmas 2,” a show sponsored by Chicago alternative station Q101 that featured Tripping Daisy, The Goo Goo Dolls, Porno For Pyros, Silverchair, Alanis Morissette, Oasis, Soul Asylum, and White Zombie.

And for the better part of the year, until it closed on June 2, 1996, you could find me at The Thirsty Whale a few Saturday’s out of the month taking in the slew of bands that graced their stage; Rock music acts such as Ugly Kid Joe, Enuff-Z-Nuff, Quiet Riot, and Stuck Mojo. However, it was one of the local bands who stood out the most. A band called Those Naked Guys.

They performed songs that included lyrics such as “I wanna fuck you, I wanna fuck you”, and featured a lead singer who donned his better half’s dress as he performed. The same snotty, I don’t give a shit attitude that I saw from Green Day at Woodstock, was now right there in front of me in the form of Those Naked Guys.

I didn’t have the guts to talk to them after their show. I wouldn’t even go to their merch table because they were hanging out by it. These guys were rock stars in my eyes! And although I didn’t know it at the time, just a few short months later, me and that same lead singer would cross paths again!

YOUR TURN: Can you remember a local band moment that stood out to you? Who was the band and what about them made them stand out? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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