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Live in 2011
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois
GenresPunk rock
Years active1990-present
Associated actsNaked Raygun, Bhopal Stiffs
MembersJohn Haggerty
Joe Haggerty
Larry Damore
Mike Thompson
Past membersSteve Saylors
Steve Albini
Pierre Kezdy

Pegboy is an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois with a relatively large cult following. They were founded in 1990 by John Haggerty (ex-guitarist for Naked Raygun), along with his brother Joe Haggerty (drums, formerly of The Effigies), Larry Damore (vocals/guitar), and Steve Saylors (bass). Both Damore and Saylors had been members of Chicago-based hardcore band Bhopal Stiffs, whose 1987 demo had been produced by John Haggerty. Pegboy's 1990 debut EP, "Three-Chord Monte", was also the first release by Quarterstick Records, an offshoot of Touch and Go Records. Steve Saylors dropped out in 1992 after job commitments prevented him from touring. Steve Albini, a longtime friend of the band, filled the bass slot on the "Fore" EP. Former Naked Raygun bassist Pierre Kezdy became the permanent bass player in 1994. After the reformation of Naked Raygun, Mike Thompson took over for Kezdy on bass.[1]

Pegboy supposedly played a "farewell" show on New Year's Eve in 1999[2] but then denied that it was really a "farewell" show a few years later when they returned to live action.[3]

Pegboy has been touring through the summer of 2009 with Face to Face and Polar Bear Club.

Rise Against's Tim McIlrath,[4] Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba,[5] as well as Shai Hulud's Matt Fox are big Pegboy fans.

Current members[edit]

  • Larry Damore — vocals, guitar (1990–present)
  • Joe Haggerty — drums (1990–present)
  • John Haggerty — guitar (1990–present)
  • "Skinny" Mike Thompson — bass (2007–present)

Former members[edit]



Singles and EPs[edit]


  • "With roots in such seminal Chicago bands as Naked Raygun and Effigies, Pegboy sounds as if it would have been right at home during the punk upheaval of the late `70s." (Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, 1991)[12]
  • "A barrage of industrial-strength noise from the North blasted through Liberty Lunch on Saturday, when the Jesus Lizard and Pegboy combined with Kepone for a galvanizing concert that brought their autumn tour to a close. All three record for Chicago's fiercely independent Touch and Go combine, which specializes in abrasive guitars over relentless rhythms and a minimum of melody." (Don McLeese, Austin American-Statesman, 1994)[13]
  • "The band has a knack for writing anthemic choruses in the tradition of guitarist John Haggerty's former band, Naked Raygun."(Review of Strong Reaction, Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, 1991)[7]
  • "This workmanlike band inherits the Chicago muscle 'n' melody tradition of Naked Raygun." (Review of Earwig, Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, 1995)[8]


  1. ^ "Pegboy Profile". Chicago Tribune. 1991-10-25. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  2. ^ Reger, Rick (1999-12-31). "Pegboy Has Two Reasons For Singing `Auld Lang Syne'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  3. ^ Reger, Rick (2002-04-12). "Pegboy back to doing what they love". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  4. ^ Corazza, Kevin. "Tim McIIrath interview". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  5. ^ Paul, Aubin (2006-03-22). "Date set for Pegboy tribute with Matt Skiba, Vic Bondi, Nine Lives, The Invisibles". Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  6. ^ a b Fore - Pegboy at AllMusic
  7. ^ a b Kot, Greg (1991-10-24). "Strong Reaction (Quarterstick)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  8. ^ a b Kot, Greg (1995-01-05). "Pegboy Earwig (Quarterstick)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  9. ^ "PEGBOY Raygun trickles down to this". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 1998-02-06. Retrieved 2011-08-26. Yeah it's just another Pegboy record, says bassist Pierre Kezdy, when asked about the group's latest scorcher Cha Cha Da More
  10. ^ Corcoran, Michael (1991-05-24). "Chicago's Pegboy a safe bet to make it to the big time". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  11. ^ Jenkins, Mark (1993-12-03). "Pegboy Suited Only to a Tee". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  12. ^ Kot, Greg (1991-10-28). "Punk's passion, minus the violence, propels Pegboy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  13. ^ McLeese, Don (1994-12-20). "Jesus Lizard's northern noise blows into Liberty Lunch". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2011-08-26.

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