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Material Issue was a power pop trio from Chicago. Their trademark was a brand of dense, rich, manic powerful pop and their music revolved heavily around themes of love and heartbreak with a phalanx of girl's-first-name-titled songs. Formed in 1985, Material Issue was the brainchild of frontman Jim Ellison (who also played guitar, lead vocals and wrote all Material Issue songs). The early days of Material Issue was a revolving door of bass players and drummers. However, Ellison met bassist Ted Ansani while both were attending Columbia Music School in Chicago in 1986. Drummer Mike Zelenko was recruited when the duo found him through an ad in the Illinois Entertainer later that year. With the Material Issue lineup set, Ellison – with Ansani and Zelenko eager to join him and ready to follow – set his sights on conquering the pop world. Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... The Chinese character for love (æ„›) —its parts indicating (top to bottom): That which gives breath (ie. ... Broken Heart A condition that may result in illness. ... Look up phalanx in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Phalanx (Greek word from phalangos, meaning Finger) can refer to: phalanx formation in ancient warfare. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...

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History

In 1987, Material Issue released an EP on their own Big Block Label (so named for the big block engines of the 1970s muscle cars Ellison loved) which operated out of Ellison's bedroom at his parents home in Addison, Illinois. In 1988, "Sixteen Tambourines" appeared on College Music Journal's compliation and CMJ glowingly referred to Material Issue's music as a "hooky brand of high-powered psycho-pop". In 1989, their buzz grew further with the release of the single "Renee Remains The Same" which got heavy airplay around Chicago. Over the next two years, the band toured extensively across the midwest and found time to record what would become their debut album. In early 1991, Material Issue broke on to the national scene with their debut album International Pop Overthrow (IPO) which sold over 300,000 copies for Mercury Records. Ironically enough, their debut video for the single "Diane" appeared on MTV's 120 Minutes in late December 1990 which was the episode of the final appearance of Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson of The Replacements in sort of a fitting segue between the lesser-known music genres of the two decades (Material Issue and The Replacements would share the stage at Taste of Chicago in 1991 which would prove to be the swansong for The Replacements). IPO spawned nationwide radio hits "Diane" and "Valerie Loves Me" which were just as popular in Chicago as they were in places such as Phoenix, Minneapolis and Dallas. 1992 saw the follow-up to IPO with Destination Universe which included the searing powerpop gem "What Girls Want" and richly emotional ballads like "Next Big Thing" and "Everything". Material Issue continued to tour heavily across the country in support of both albums. 1994 saw the release of Freak City Soundtrack which featured the hit "Kim The Waitress" (a cover written by Jeff Kelly of Green Pajamas). However, by the time Freak City Soundtrack was released, the momentum they had generated in the previous five years began to subside. Freak City sold less than 50,000 copies as the Seattle scene and the emergence of ska dominated both mainstream and alternative music markets. Other Chicago acts to break national following Material Issue, such as Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill and Liz Phair, had music more fitting for the times and Material Issue, feeling left behind by their label, parted ways with Mercury in early 1995. Mercury may have missed a golden opportunity, however, because had they released "Going Through Your Purse", Material Issue could have ridden the then-current wave of pop-punk bands like Green Day and the Offspring. An extended play (or EP), is typically the name given to vinyl records or CDs which are too long to be called singles but too short to qualify as albums. ... Muscle car is a term for high-performance automobiles, principally referring to American models produced from 1964 to 1971. ... Addison is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... College Music Journal, commonly known as CMJ, is a weekly magazine of and for the music industry and college radio stations in the Canada. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tommy Stinson Tommy Stinson (born Thomas Eugene Stinson, 6 October 1966 in Minneapolis, USA) was one of the founding members of the legendary 1980s alternative band The Replacements. ... The Replacements (also known as The Mats or The Mats, from the insult of a detractor who joked the bands name was The Placemats, which the band then took and made for themselves) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Taste of Chicago 2004 Taste of Chicago is the worlds largest food festival held annually in Chicago. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Ska is a form of Jamaican music which began as early as the 1930s. ... The term alternative rock or alternative music1 was coined in the early 1980s to describe bands which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... The Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1995) left to right: James Iha, DArcy, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin. ... Urge Overkill was an alternative rock band, formed in Chicago, United States in 1986, that consisted of Nathan Nash Kato Kaatrud (vocals), Johnny Blackie Onassis Rowan (vocals, drums, whereabouts unknown), and Eddie King Roeser (vocals/bass guitar). ... Liz Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist. ...


Material Issue continued to play live, sold out shows throughout the Upper Midwest and were one of the headline acts in the first Edgefest (so named for The Edge alternative radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the time which sponsored the event) in the summer of 1995 in Somerset, Wisconsin. Their live performances were nothing short of amazing, with a packed house of a body-surfing, singing and dancing crowd of 20-somethings. Throughout the remainder of 1995 and in to 1996, Material Issue had recorded a new set of songs that they had hoped to shop to a new label. However, Material Issue came to a tragic end when Ellison committed suicide on June 20, 1996 by suffocating himself with carbon monoxide poisoning from his moped in his garage. No one knows for sure what compelled Ellison to end his life, but two circumstances that seem to be the catalysts were the end of a relationship with a woman on his birthday on April 18, 1996 and the loss of his band's record deal from the previous year. A suicide note was found by police, but the contents of that note remain known only to Ellison's family. The recordings from the work done in 1995 and 1996 would be released posthumously on Telecommando Americano in 1997 by Rykodisc. Telecommando Americano would be the final Material Issue release, but also included the 6-song EP released back in 1987 as a bonus. The Edgefest summer tour was first established by Toronto radio station CFNY in the late 1980s and took place at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario. ... Dave Howell Evans (born August 8, 1961, Barking, East London, England) stage name The Edge, is the lead guitarist of the Irish rock band U2. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Location Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... Somerset is a village located in St. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... A picture of several mopeds from a ride sponsored by the Moped Army. ... Rykodisc Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


Legacy

The legacy of Material Issue as the consummate powerpop band lives on in the International Pop Overthrow festival that plays in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago each year. The IPO festival (renamed IPO from Poptopia in the late 90s to honor Material Issue) is the largest showcase of powerpop music in the United States and brings in powerpop bands from all over the world to showcase what is new in the world of powerpop music.


Ted Ansani continues to work in the music business in Chicago and had played bass for several post-Material Issue projects and released his own solo EP in 2000 called Throttle and Pistons - The Ted Ansani Project. He has made several solo appearances in the last few years in and around Chicago and has also played the IPO festival when it has come to Chicago. His website carries the banner of the Material Issue legacy which reminds readers to never forget Material Issue's place in rock history. Ansani is married with three children. Mike Zelenko continues to play drums and has also played with several post-Material Issue projects. Most recently Zelenko has been playing with a new powerpop band from Chicago called "The Ladies and Gentlemen". Ted Ansani was the bassist for the 1990s pop band Material Issue, which was a Chicago based band that rose to stardom as quickly as it fell. ...


In 2002, the song "Everything" from the Destination Universe release was covered by the band Stereo Fuse and received moderate airplay on alternative radio. Stereo Fuse is a rock band from Dallas, Texas, USA. Stereo Fuse was formed in 2000 after guitarist Jeff Quay and drummer Chad Jenkins were forced to disband their previous group. ...


Discography

  • Material Issue EP (1987)
  • Eleven Super Sonic Hit Explosions (1990) (promo for Int'l Pop Overthrow)
  • International Pop Overthrow (1991)
  • Destination Universe (1992)
  • Freak City Soundtrack (1994)
  • Goin' Through Your Purse [Live] (1994)
  • Telecommando Americano (1997)

1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Modern Rock
1991 "Valerie Loves Me" #3 International Pop Overthrow
1991 "Diane" #6 International Pop Overthrow
1992 "What Girls Want" #6 Destination Universe
1994 "Kim the Waitress" #20 Freak City Soundtrack

The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 1991 in music, other events of 1992, 1993 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music. // Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ...

External links

  • Material Issue fansite (static since 1998)
  • Ted Ansani official site
  • Material Issue Page on Yahoo!
  • Video for "Diane" on YouTube from the Dennis Miller Show c1993

  Results from FactBites:
 
Material Issue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1006 words)
In 1987, Material Issue released an EP on their own Big Block Label (so named for the big block engines of the 1970s muscle cars Ellison loved) which operated out of Ellison's bedroom at his parents home in Addison, Illinois.
Material Issue continued to play live, sold out shows throughout the Upper Midwest and were one of the headline acts in the first Edgefest (so named for The Edge alternative radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the time which sponsored the event) in the summer of 1995 in Somerset, Wisconsin.
However, Material Issue came to a tragic end when Ellison committed suicide on June 20, 1996 by suffocating himself with carbon monoxide poisoning from his moped in his garage.
TrouserPress.com :: Material Issue (425 words)
Fans of Chicago's Material Issue cite the late singer/guitarist (and early Green member) Jim Ellison's seemingly effortless knack for writing brisk, unforgettable hard-pop tunes.
There's something to be said for both arguments, but there's no doubt that, at its best, Material Issue was responsible for some of the '90s' juiciest Big Star/Cheap Trick-style power pop at a time when it was well out of fashion.
The 12-inch Material Issue EP (produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes) is a great beginning, six songs filled with punky energy, enthusiastic performances (by Ellison, bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko, who would go on to pound the skins on a few Shoes discs) and hooks up the wazoo.
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