International Pop Overthrow (album)

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International Pop Overthrow
Studio album by Material Issue
Released February 5, 1991
Recorded Short Order Recorder, Zion, IL (1988-1991)
Genre Power pop
Length 44:56
Label Mercury
Producer Jeff Murphy
Material Issue chronology
International Pop Overthrow
Destination Universe

International Pop Overthrow is the debut studio album by Material Issue, released on Mercury Records in 1991. The album was recorded in multiple recording sessions between 1988 and 1991, with the total recording costs reaching only $5,000. Mercury Records only expected the record to sell about 70,000 copies.[1] However, it initially sold about 180,000 copies,[2] with final sales exceeding 300,000.[3] It reached #86 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[4] The album was produced by Jeff Murphy, guitarist/vocalist for the band Shoes, at the Shoes' Short Order Recorder studio, in Zion, Illinois.

On April 5, 2011, the 20th Anniversary Edition was released, which included early singles and live tracks.[5]

The International Pop Overthrow music festival was named in honor of this album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jim Ellison.

  1. "Valerie Loves Me" - 3:05
  2. "Diane" - 2:55
  3. "Renee Remains The Same" - 3:16
  4. "This Letter" - 4:21
  5. "Out Right Now" - 2:03
  6. "Crazy" - 3:34
  7. "Chance Of A Lifetime" - 3:03
  8. "International Pop Overthrow" - 2:29
  9. "Very First Lie" - 3:30
  10. "Trouble" - 3:18
  11. "There Was A Few" - 3:23
  12. "This Far Before" - 2:46
  13. "A Very Good Idea" - 3:53
  14. "Li'l Christine" - 3:21


Three songs from the album were released as singles:

  • "Renee Remains The Same"
  • "Valerie Loves Me"
  • "Diane"


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Spin 7/10 stars[7]
  • "Anyone who was looking for the future of power pop in 1991 might well have imagined these guys were it, and not without reason -- International Pop Overthrow is smart, hooky, and not afraid to sound edgy or let the amps go into the red." (Mark Deming, Allmusic) [6]
  • "Though power pop (a.k.a. "the skinny-tie era") was the rage in New York and Los Angeles for only a brief time at the start of the '80s, that style of melodic rock has survived in the Midwest for two decades thanks to practitioners such as Cheap Trick, the Raspberries, Shoes and the Romantics. The band next poised to pop till they drop is Chicago's Material Issue, whose major-label debut has just been released by Mercury." (Michael Corcoran, Chicago Sun-Times) [8]
  • "International Pop Overthrow is smart, hooky, and not afraid to sound edgy or let the amps go into the red." (Mark Deming, Rolling Stone) [9]
  • "Their 1991 major-label debut, "International Pop Overthrow," paid delightful homage to girls, cars and power pop chords. At least seven of the cuts on the album were strong enough to be hit singles. Radio loved "Diane" and "Valerie Loves Me" the most." (Jae-Ha Kim, Chicago Sun-Times) [10]
  • "MATERIAL ISSUE could be the big college radio rave of the spring, thanks to the parade of perky tunes about girls they loved and lost on their new debut album, "International Pop Overthrow." Weaned on Cheap Trick, Shoes and other legends of Midwestern power pop in the late '70s, this Chicago trio lives, eats and breathes three-minute singles." (Dale Anderson, Buffalo News) [11]


  • Jim Ellison - vocals, guitar
  • Ted Ansani - bass, vocals
  • Mike Zelenko - drums


  1. ^ Kot, Greg (May 28, 1992). "Chicago rockers on the rise Material Issue goes for a big-time album". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Wyman, Bill (July 1, 1993). "Hitsville's Chicago Alternative-Rock Tipsheet, Summer '93 Edition". Chicago Reader. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Material Issue vocalist found dead". Daily Herald. June 21, 1996. Retrieved March 24, 2011. Their debut album, "International Pop Overthrow," sold over 300,000 copies. 
  4. ^ "International Pop Overthrow - Material Issue - Chart stats". Allmusic. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Hultkrans, Andrew (April 5, 2011). "'International Pop Overthrow: 20th Anniversary Edition'". Spin (magazine). Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Deming, Mark. Material Issue - International Pop Overthrow review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Hultkrans, Andrew (April 5, 2011). "SPIN Review". Spin. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Corcoran, Michael (February 8, 1991). "Material Issue band takes pride in its passion for pop". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Deming, Mark (February 21, 1991). "Material Issue - International Pop Overthrow review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ Kim, Jae-Ha (May 18, 1997). "One Last Issue - Surviving Material guys find closure with album". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 13. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ Anderson, Dale (March 1, 1991). "PRIMED FOR ACTION CHICAGO'S MATERIAL ISSUE HEADLINES STATION'S PARTY AT BUFFALO STATE". Buffalo News. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 

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