Naked Raygun

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Naked Raygun
Naked Raygun performing in Gainesville, Florida, 2007
Naked Raygun performing in Gainesville, Florida, 2007
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois
GenresPunk rock, post-hardcore, post-punk
Years active1980–1992, 2006–present
LabelsRuthless Records, Homestead, Quarterstick Records, Caroline, Riot Fest Records, Wax Trax! Records
MembersJeff Pezzati
Bill Stephens
Eric Spicer
Fritz Doreza
Past membersSantiago Durango
John Haggerty
Pierre Kezdy
Bobby Strange
Jim Colao
Marko Pezzati
Camilo Gonzalez
John Lundin
Sensitive Pete

Naked Raygun is an American punk rock band that formed in Chicago in 1980. The band was active from 1980 to 1992, along with reunion shows in 1997, and since 2006.

Naked Raygun have cited various bands as influences, including Buzzcocks, Wire, the Stranglers, the Damned, the Ruts, Killing Joke,[1] Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Jam, and the Clash.[2]


Initial run[edit]

The band was formed in 1980 by Santiago Durango, Marko Pezzati and later Jeff Pezzati. Singer Jeff Pezzati was the sole constant member through multiple personnel changes. Members over time include drummers Bobby Strange, Jim Colao, and Eric Spicer; bassists Marko Pezzati, Pierre Kezdy, Camilo Gonzalez, Pete Mittler and Fritz Doreza; guitarists Santiago Durango, John Haggerty, and Bill Stephens; and keyboardist John Lundin.[3]

Durango and Jeff Pezzati were also members of Big Black.[4]

Naked Raygun in 1987. L-R: John Haggerty, Jeff Pezzati, Eric Spicer, Pierre Kezdy

Post-Naked Raygun[edit]

In 1989, John Haggerty left Naked Raygun to form Pegboy with his younger brother Joe (formerly of Bloodsport and The Effigies) and Steve Saylors and Larry Damore of the Bhopal Stiffs (Pierre Kezdy would later replace Steve Saylors).[5]

Jeff Pezzati is also the lead singer of The Bomb, which is a different and later band than the San Francisco group, known as "Bomb".[6]


A two-show reunion in 1997 produced the live album Free Shit!.[7][8]

In 1999, the independent record label Quarterstick Records re-issued the band's back catalog on CD.[3][9]

In 2006 Naked Raygun reunited for Riot Fest, an annual punk rock festival held in Chicago. Following their 2006 reunion, Naked Raygun announced that the band was "back for good."[10][11] The reunited lineup consists of its "Raygun...Naked Raygun" members: Pezzati, Stephens, Kezdy, and Spicer.[12] In 2009 Naked Raygun returned to the studio for the first time since 1997 for a series of 7-inch singles released on Riot Fest Records and announced plans to record an LP, the first since 1990's Raygun... Naked Raygun.[13]

In 2011, Pete Mittler of The Methadones joined the line-up so that longtime bassist Pierre Kezdy could convalesce from a stroke.[14]

In August 2014, Naked Raygun opened for Bad Religion, The Offspring and Stiff Little Fingers on the last two shows of the Summer Nationals tour at The Rave in Milwaukee[15] and Harrah's Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[16]

Naked Raygun (along with Urge Overkill and Cheap Trick) opened for the Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field, Chicago, on August 29, 2015.[17]

Although the band announced plans to release a new album in 2016,[18] no recordings were released until 2021's Over The Overlords.

Pierre Kezdy died of cancer on October 9, 2020.[19]


Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has frequently discussed seeing Naked Raygun as his first concert in 1982 (when he was 13) at Chicago's Cubby Bear. During their October 17, 2014, show at the Cubby Bear, Jeff Pezatti joined the band for a Naked Raygun cover. Naked Raygun themselves later opened for Foo Fighters on select dates during the Sonic Highways World Tour.

Blink-182’s Matt Skiba references Naked Raygun in the song “Parking Lot” from their California album.



  • Throb Throb LP (Homestead Records) (1985)/(Quarterstick) (1999–CD only)/(Haunted Town) (2008–LP only)
  • All Rise LP (Homestead) (1986)/(Quarterstick) (1999–CD only)/(Haunted Town) (2008–LP only)
  • Jettison LP Caroline (1988)/(Quarterstick) (1999 – CD only)
  • Understand? LP (Caroline) (1989)/(Quarterstick) (1999–CD only)
  • Raygun...Naked Raygun LP (Caroline) (1990)/Quarterstick (1999–CD only)
  • Last of the Demohicans CD (Dyslexic) (1997)
  • Free Shit LP/CD (Haunted Town) (2001) - live
  • Over the Overlords LP (Wax Trax!) (2021)


  • Basement Screams 12-inch (Ruthless (1983)/(Quarterstick) (1999 – CD only)/(Haunted Town) (2007 – LP only)
  • Treason 12-inch (Caroline) (1989) - on pink vinyl limited to 2,500 numbered records (although unnumbered versions, stamped "Promo only" exist)


  • Flammable Solid 7-inch (Ruthless) (1983) - "Surf Combat", "Gear"/"Libido"
  • Vanilla Blue 7-inch (Sandpounder) (1987) - "Vanilla Blue"/"Slim (The Second Coming Of Christ) [on white/light blue marbled vinyl]
  • Home 7-inch (Caroline) (1990) - "Home"/"Last Drink" [on green vinyl]
  • Series 1 7-inch (Riot Fest) (2009) - "Mein Iron Maiden"/"Out Of Your Mind" [on red & on cream vinyl]
  • Series 2 7-inch (Riot Fest) (2010) - "Growing Away"/"Just For Me" [on violet & on black vinyl]
  • Series 3 7-inch (Riot Fest) (2011) - "Burning Red"/"Black Eyed Blue" [on clear orange vinyl]


  • Huge Bigness-Selected Tracks From Collected Works 1980-1992 (Quarterstick) (1999)
  • What Poor Gods We Do Make: The Story And Music Behind Naked Raygun (Riot Fest) (2007) [included with DVD of same name]
  • Totally...Naked Raygun 5XCD (Audio Platter) (2021)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Busted At Oz (Autum/Permanent) (1981/2011) - "Bomb Shelter", "When The Screaming Stops", "Paranoia", "Libido"
  • Bang Zoom Issue #4 cassette (Bang Zoom) (1984) - "Swingo"
  • Code Blue cassette (Last Rites) (1984) - "No Sex", "Only In America"
  • The Middle Of America Compilation (H.I.D. Productions) (1984) - "I Don't Know", "Stupid"
  • Flipside Vinyl Fanzine #2 (Flipside) (1985) - "Metastasis"
  • Gunfire & Pianos (Situation Two/ZigZag Magazine) (1986) - "Metastasis"
  • Paranoia You Can Dance To (Weird System) (1986) - "Metastasis"
  • Sub Pop 100 (Sub Pop) (1986) - "Bananacuda"
  • Rat Music For Rat People Vol. III (CD Presents) (1987) - "Rocks Of Sweden"
  • Rat Music For Rat People Vol. I, II & III (CD Presents) (1987) - "Rocks Of Sweden"
  • Untitled 7-inch EP (Discopêö) (1987) - "Peacemaker (live)"
  • The Wailing Ultimate-The Homestead Records Compilation ([Homestead Records|Homestead]) (1987) - "I Remember"
  • Sounds And Shigaku Limited Present: Beautiful Happiness (Sounds And Shigaku Limited) (1988) - "Vanilla Blue"
  • Live Treatment cassette (Shotgunning Tape SXXXXX Inc./Discraceland) (1989) - "Never Follow"
  • Somethings's Gone Wrong Again: The Buzzcocks Covers Compilation (C/Z) (1992) - "Love Battery"
  • The Best Of Flipside Vinyl Fanzine 2XCD (Flipside) (1993) - "Metastasis"
  • Faster & Louder-Hardcore Punk, Vol. 2 (Rhino) (1993) - "Metastasis"
  • Nightmare/Bad Taste-News Vol. 10 cassette (Bad Taste) (1998) - "Rat Patrol"
  • Rats In The Hallway #14 (Rats In The Hallway) (2000) - "Treason"
  • Haunted Town Records CD Sampler #1 CDr (Haunted Town) (2008) - "I Lie", "Backlash Jack"
  • You Weren't There movie soundtrack (Factory 25) (2009) - "Tojo (demo)"
  • ... On The Rawks Compilation (ProRawk) (2020) - "Broken Things"


  • "Broken Things"
  • "Home"
  • "Living in The Good Times"
  • "Vanilla Blue"
  • "What Poor Gods We Do Make" DVD (Riot Fest) (2007) [included with CD of same name]


Current members[edit]

  • Jeff Pezzati - Vocals (1980–1992, 2006–present)
  • Bill Stephens - Guitar (1989–1992, 2006–present)
  • Eric Spicer - Drums (1984–1992, 2006–present)
  • Fritz Doreza - Bass (2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Santiago Durango - Guitar (1980–1983)
  • Marko Pezzati - Bass (1980–1981)
  • Bobby Strange - Drums (1980)
  • Jim Colao - Drums (1980–1984)
  • John Lundin - Keyboards (1980–1981)
  • Camilo Gonzalez - Bass (1981–1985)
  • John Haggerty - Guitar (1983–1989)
  • Sensitive Pete Mittler - Bass (2011–2013)
  • Pierre Kezdy - Bass (1985–1992, 2006–2010; died 2020)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Interview with Bill Stephens (Naked Raygun)". January 5, 2022. Archived from the original on September 27, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2024.
  2. ^ Murphy, Tom (September 18, 2013). "Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati on Wax Trax, and why and how the band got back together". Westword. Archived from the original on April 7, 2024. Retrieved April 18, 2024. It was just that these bands sounded different. Siouxsie & The Banshees didn't sound like the Sex Pistols, and they didn't sound like the Buzzcocks, the Jam or the Clash. But you knew they were all of the same school. So we wanted to be influenced by those bands and sound unique but not emulate those bands, so no one could really say we were doing what those guys were doing.
  3. ^ a b Naked Raygun Biography by Greg Prato at AllMusic
  4. ^ Big Black Biography by Mark Deming at AllMusic
  5. ^ Pegboy Biography by Steve Huey at AllMusic
  6. ^ The Bomb Biography by Andy Kellman at AllMusic
  7. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (December 1, 1997). "Naked Raygun". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 32.
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (September 5, 1999). "PUNK LEGACY A DECADE LATER, NAKED RAYGUN FIRES VOLLEYS FROM THE UNDERGROUND". Chicago Tribune. p. 10.
  10. ^ "Naked Raygun reunite permanently, plan live CD/DVD". AP Alt Press. January 4, 2007.
  11. ^ "Naked Raygun – Official Site". Naked Raygun.
  12. ^ "Official Site – History". Archived from the original on June 7, 2007.
  13. ^ "Naked Raygun entering the studio soon for 7″ series, LP coming later". Riot Fest. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011.
  14. ^ "Interview With Neutron Bombs/Naked Raygun/The Bomb Bass Player Sensitive Pete". Critical Mass. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  15. ^ "The Rave/Eagles Club Concert Photo Gallery - THE OFFSPRING In Concert 9/9/2014".
  16. ^ "Summer Nationals 2014 Tour Announcement". 2014-05-12. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  17. ^ Chicago Tribune (29 August 2015). "Review: Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field – Chicago Tribune".
  18. ^ "Music: Naked Raygun: "Broken Things"". 4 November 2015.
  19. ^ O'Donnell, Maureen (9 October 2020). "Pierre Kezdy, bass player for influential punk rockers Naked Raygun, other Chicago bands, dead at 58". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 9 October 2020.

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