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The Forgotten Heroes of Grunge

The Forgotten Heroes of Grunge

If you are thinking about Chicago and grunge, music fans inevitably think of Smashing Pumpkins. The band around Billy Corgan belonged to the Holy Trinity of Grunge in the early 1990s. Alongside Nirvana and Pearl Jam, it dominated the charts and international hits. One likes to forget another band from Windy City, which owed its rise to a film by Quentin Tarantino. Urge Overkill became world-famous in 1994. Responsible for this was a cover version of an old hit by Neil Diamond. The band had already released it two years earlier on their EP Stull without getting any significant reactions.

But as the main musical component of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, the song hit the global charts in 1994. The band around singer Nash Koto suddenly becomes the focus of interest. But at this point, the Chicago band had a long career behind them. The group was founded in 1986 in Chicago and named itself after a song by the funk band Parliament. The first EP hits the streets. Its producer was none other than the legendary Steve Albini. He is for his exceptional productions for the Pixies, Nirvana and P.J. Harvey known. At that time, he was a roommate of singer Nash Kato. Three more records followed, but the big breakthrough was a long time coming. The band went on tour with Nirvana and hired a new drummer. They released the  EP Stull; the rest is music history.

A Lot Of Criticism From The Underground

The success of Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon finally put the band in the spotlight. The big record companies showed interest for the first time. But the change from a small label to Geffen Records should create a lot of problems simultaneously. Urge Overkill met fierce criticism from the underground. Fans accused them of selling out. There should still be revenge in the next few years. Urge Overkill released two records in a row on Geffen Records. These did not achieve the desired success, although musically, they were consistently convincing. The subsequent tour even had to be cancelled due to a lack of public interest. Two years after the apparent breakthrough, Urge Overkill temporarily gave up and announced their split.

A Lot Of Criticism From The Underground
A Lot Of Criticism From The Underground

Years later, the two heads of the band got together again and went on tour despite a record deal. The group still exists and has released other records as well. However, Urge Overkill missed the leap to the greats of their time. Even after such a long time, their music still sounds fresh and exciting. The band around singer Nash Koto was just a few years late. While Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins celebrated worldwide success, Urge Overkill had to be content with the second row. Today the band has fallen into oblivion, and it is wrong to do so. Its best works like Stull, Exit Dragon, and Saturation are worth listening to.