The Slugs

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The Slugs
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1983–2010
  • Dag Juhlin
  • Gregg Juhlin
  • Johnny L.
  • Mike Halston
Past members
  • Al Paulson
  • Tristan Gallagher
WebsiteOfficial website

The Slugs were an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, United States. Starting in 1983, the band played power pop influenced by bands such as The Who, NRBQ, XTC and The Smithereens.[1]

Formation and members[edit]

The Slugs were started by brothers Dag (guitar) and Gregg (bass) Juhlin [1] and their friend, guitarist Al Paulson in Park Ridge, Illinois.[citation needed] In the early 1980s, the trio put out an ad for a drummer that was answered by Chicago native Mike Halston,[citation needed] with the band officially formed on March 5, 1983.[1] Al Paulson eventually left the group, and English vocalist Tristan Gallagher joined but left in 1985.[citation needed] In the 1990s, Johnny L (born John Lukashevich[citation needed]) joined the band as a guitarist.[2]


The group put out their first single, "Walking in Circles/Give Me a Sunday", in 1986 on Susstones Records, and then a second single, "Back to the Playground/Now They Can All Lie Down", was issued on Pravda Records in 1987.[1]

In 1988, while still a trio, the Slugs put out their first album, Non-Stop Holiday, on Pravda Records.[1][3] The record sleeve displayed a photograph of an adolescent Mike Halston.[3]

The band subsequently released two more albums: Fort Fun (1992, Pravda Records) and Junior (2000, Famous Mistakes Records).[citation needed]


The band announced that they would reunite on January 22, 2010 for one show at the Abbey Pub in Chicago to celebrate Pravda Records' 25th anniversary, along with Pravda bands the Service and Boom Hank.[4][5]

On June 25, 2022, the band reunited to play PravdaFest, a celebration of the 38th anniversary of the founding of Pravda Records. [6]



  • Non-Stop Holiday (Pravda, 1988)
  • Fort Fun (Pravda, 1992)
  • Junior (Pravda, 2000)


  • "Walking In Circles" b/w "Give Me Strength" (Susstones, 1980)
  • "Back To The Playgrounds" b/w "Now They Can All Lie Down" (Pravda, 1987)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions! (Pravda, 1991) - "Hooked On A Feeling"
  • Super Fantastic Mega Smash Hits! (Attic/Limited, 1995) - "Hooked On A Feeling"
  • 20 Supersonic Mega Explosive Hits (Runt, 1995) - "Hooked On A Feeling"
  • 1985-1995 Pravda Records 10-Year Anniversary Compilation (Pravda, 1995) - "Breathe, Don't Push"
  • Super Fantastic Mega Smash Hits cassette (Pravda/Backyard, 1995) - "Hooked On A Feeling"
  • Urbs In Horto: A Chicago Indiepop Compilation (Johann's Face, 2003) - "Honey Rose"
  • Flushed Away Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Astralwerks, 2006) - "Ice Cold Rita"
  • The Farmer's Weather CDr (Zero Qualms, 2017) - "I Don't Like Slugs"


  1. ^ a b c d e "The Sluggs". Chicago Tribune. October 26, 1990. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Rothschild, David (February 26, 1993). "Life gets really, really interesting for the Slugss". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Popson, Tom (July 8, 1988). "'Holiday' party for the Slugs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Caro, Mark (January 21, 2010). "Pravda makes record: 25 years of indie rock". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pravda Records: 25 years and going strong". Chicago Sun Times. January 17, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Caro, Mark (June 22, 2022). "Pravda Records Goes the Distance". Chicago Reader. Retrieved June 26, 2022.

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