A Guided Tour of Chicago

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A Guided Tour of Chicago
The Lawrence Arms - A Guided Tour of Chicago cover.jpg
Studio album by The Lawrence Arms
Released October 26, 1999
Recorded Spring 1999
Genre Punk rock
Length 26:07
Label Asian Man
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A Guided Tour of Chicago is a punk rock album by the Chicago, Illinois band The Lawrence Arms, released in 1999 by Asian Man Records. It was the band's first album.

At this early point in their career, several of the band's songs resembled those of their previous band The Broadways, being political in nature (such as "Kevin Costner's Casino"), something which they later almost completely phased out in favor of personal/introspective lyrics. Singer/bassist Brendan Kelly sings almost all of the lead vocals on this album, whereas on later works he and singer/guitarist Chris McCaughan moved towards singing lead on roughly equal numbers of songs; and on Oh! Calcutta! tended to share vocal duties within songs, by singing together and/or alternating lines.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:04
  2. "An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstance" – 2:57
  3. "Kevin Costner's Casino" – 1:45
  4. "A Guided Tour of Chicago" – 2:43
  5. "Take One Down and Pass it Around" – 1:46
  6. "Someday We're All Gonna Weigh 400 lbs." – 1:59
  7. "The Northside, the L&L, and Any Number of Crappy Apartments" – 3:12
  8. "Smokestacks" – 2:14
  9. "Detention" – 2:09
  10. "Uptown Free Radio" – 1:44
  11. "Eighteen Inches" – 5:59


Album information[edit]

  • Record label: Asian Man Records
  • Recorded spring of 1999 by Mike Giampa and Andy (83)
  • Photographs by Heather Hogan, Rachel Burns, Grant Quick, Brendan Kelly and Neil Hennessy
  • Logo by Chris Bach
  • Drawing by Marc Z