is a Chicago-based punk rock group. Initially active from 1980 to 1992, Naked Raygun had several short-lived reunions afterwards and a full-time reformation in 2006.From the beginning, their music had a strong sense of melody and songwriting. Later on, their lyrics often explored working class issues. Naked Raygun began as an arty punk band and were thought by some to be rather fey. After Camilo Gonzalez joined the band, their direction became more traditionally punk and some would place them in the hardcore punk pantheon. Later, they branched out into post-hardcore territory. By their early 1990s incarnation, Naked Raygun's melodic tendencies became more pronounced, with strong power pop leanings in the vein of Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Jam.Initial runThe band was formed in 1980 by Santiago Durango and Marko Pezzati. They went through many singers before settling on Marko's brother, Jeff Pezzati. Singer Jeff Pezzati was the sole constant member through multiple personnel changes. Members over time include drummers Bobby Strange, Jim Colao, and Eric Spicer; bassists Marko Pezzati, Pierre Kezdy, Camilo Gonzalez and Pete Mittler; guitarists Santiago Durango, John Haggerty, and Bill Stephens; and keyboardist John Lundin.Durango and Jeff Pezzati were also members of Big Black.
Camilo Gonzalez quit in 1982 and rejoined the group he was originally recruited from, Silver Abuse—one of Chicago's first punk bands. They have recently reformed and will soon release a new album.In 1989, John Haggerty left Naked Raygun to form Pegboy with his younger brother Joe (formerly of Bloodsport and The Effigies) and Steve Saylors and Larry Damore of the Bhopal Stiffs (Pierre Kezdy would later replace Steve Saylors).Jeff Pezzati is also the lead singer of The Bomb, which is a different and later band than the San Francisco group, known as "Bomb".
A two-show reunion in 1997 produced the live album Free Shit!
.In 1999, the independent record label Quarterstick Records re-issued the bands back catalog on CD.In 2006 Naked Raygun reunited for Riot Fest, an annual punk rock festival held in Chicago. Following their 2006 reunion, Naked Raygun announced that the band was "back for good." The reunited lineup consists of its "Raygun...Naked Raygun" members: Pezzati, Stephens, Kezdy, and Spicer. In 2009 Naked Raygun returned to the studio for the first time since 1997 for a series of 7" singles released on Riot Fest Records and announced plans to record an LP, the first since 1990's Raygun... Naked Raygun
.In 2011, Pete Mittler of The Methadones joined the line-up so that longtime bassist Pierre Kezdy could convalesce from a stroke.