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Urge Overkill

Urge Overkill band photo 2007

Urge Overkill Biography

The Alternative-Rock band Urge Overkill began in Chicago, Illinois USA, with singer + guitarist Nash Kato and bass player + guitarist & vocalist Eddie 'King' Roeser. Since its formation in the late '80s, the band has seen some line-up changes including drummer Jack 'The Jaguar' Watt.

Quickly after forming, the trio recorded a 5-song EP, "Strange, I..." and in 1989 released a full album, "Jesus Urge Superstar" on Touch & Go Records.

Their next offering, the Butch Vig-produced "Americruiser", arrived in stores in the spring of 1990.

After the addition of drummer Blackie Onassis, Urge Overkill moved from the noise-Punk beginnings to a more polished Rock; they issued the critically acclaimed "The Supersonic Storybook" in March 1991 and toured with such venerable bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

One year later the group put out an EP entitled "Stull", the 6-track set contained their version of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon".
The song was later used by Quentin Tarantino in his breakthrough movie, "Pulp Fiction" and in the fall of 1994 it peaked at #11 on The Modern Rock chart.

Urge Overkill jumped to a major label for their fourth album, "Saturation", which was released in June 1993 via DGC Records. The disc reached the #146 position on The Billboard 200 and the main single, "Sister Havana", hit #6 on The Modern Rock Tracks and #10 on The Mainstream Rock chart. The follow-up single, "Positive Bleeding", was also a alt-Rock radio success, reaching the #23 spot.

The Chicago trio returned in September 1995 with "Exit The Dragon" which debuted at #129 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart while the single "The Break" failed to make it past #34 on The Mainstream Rock chart.

In the following years, the group dried up due to the ever growing tension amongst band members.

"Rock&Roll Submarine", the first new Urge Overkill album in sixteen years, marks the return of the band to the music world. Kato and Roeser along with newbies, bassist Hadji Hodgkiss and drummer Bon Quast, released it in May 2011 through their own UO Records.


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    The band line-up 1991