Jun 26, 2023
Naked Raygun is one of the greatest bands to ever “whoa whoa” their way onto a Chicago stage, and their influence continues to loom large on the generations that follow in their footsteps.
With that, a new Raygun tribute compilation is on the way: “Godspeed… A Tribute to Pierre Kezdy.” Scheduled for release on July 28, the album features NR covers from the likes of Face to Face, and J. Robbins. Also featured on the comp are a “who’s who” of former Car Con Carne guests, including Josh Caterer, Pegboy, the Bollweevils, the Methadones, the Brokedowns and Death and Memphis. All proceeds from the project go to the family of Pierre Kezdy, who passed away in 2020.
The guys behind the compilation, Curt Harrison (the Usuals) and Pat Mineau (Grey Trash Aliens), jumped in the car to talk about putting the project together, as well as the impact of Naked Raygun’s music.
Oh, and there’s food in this episode … wonderful food from the recently-opened Rogue’s Corner in Elgin (109 E. Highland). Owner Matt Habib shared a handful of his pizza originals, including Pipe n Wrench (Italian beef, sausage, giardiniera) and Jury Rig (Mac & Cheese + Sloppy Joe). Matt was also comfortable and happy to offer his thoughts on Naked Raygun; he’s a fan just like the rest of us.
Naked Raygun will do a rare signing event at Rogue’s Corner on August 26 at 1 p.m., where they’ll sign “Godspeed” records and merch.
Car Con Carne is proud to be sponsored by Alex Ross Art (alexrossart.com). San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching. If you’re going, make sure to visit Alex Ross Art while you’re there (Booth 2415)!