As a music fan, and one who enjoys books almost as much, one would think I’m a voracious reader of our common interest. Wrong. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them or wouldn’t; it’s there are always one too many obscure references. Most – or at least the ones I’ve tackled – are written for a small, tight audience. Without background knowledge on the topic and its sub-topics, these books are difficult to fully enjoy. Yes, these books should make me venture out and explore what I don’t understand; but realistically, who has the ambition and time for that?
It was this quote below that was going to be an endless catalyst for post after post on my favorite era and area of music: The 90s Chicago rock scene.
Triple Fast Action was one of many Chicago area acts signed to Capitol Records during the multi-year label frenzy that also snatched up the Smashing Pumpkins, Smoking Popes, Fig Dish, Loud Lucy, Veruca Salt, Red Red Meat, Certain Distant Suns, Liz Phair, The Lupins, Hum, Seam, Menthol, Urge Overkill, Stabbing Westward and Cupcakes among others.
Instead, a potential book, by one of Chicago’s well respected local aficionados, James Van Osdol – who many years ago hosted Q101’s Local Music Showcase – will initiate the endless and biased posts about my truly favorite acts. James, the Chicago rock scientist, is hoping to publish a book entitled: Chicago Rocked : Chicago Music in the 1990s. His, and my dreams, will only became a reality though if the appropriate funds are raised. Read his guest post on Chicago’s Gapers Block on the potential goodness.
And, James, if I were contributing to this, I’d definitely include the act below…