A Supersonic Story
Stylish outfits, matching medallions, outrageous attitudes, (and a band name taken from a Parliament song) earned the group a popular following on indie label Touch and Go records. Urge’s “The Supersonic Storybook” album is on Spin magazine’s 20 Best Albums of 1991, and The Stull EP features the song “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”, which was discovered by Quentin Tarantino and immortalized in a seminal scene in the movie “Pulp Fiction.”
Nash Kato & Eddie ‘King’ Roeser
Urge Overkill’s Eddie “King” Roeser, and Nash Kato provide a two singer-songwriter/two guitar attack – two Minnesota native sons who met at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, and based themselves in Chicago. Urge Overkill formed in 1984. Steve Albini, a fellow Northwestern student, recorded their debut EP, Strange, I…on his own label, Ruthless Records.
Jesus Urge Superstar
Corey Rusk, the founder of Touch and Go Records, championed the band as well, and the band’s first full length album, “Jesus Urge Superstar” was released on Touch and Go Records, with Steve Albini recording (and also housing the band in his basement).
The Butch Vig-produced “Americruiser” (1990) featured a sound and sense of style that inspired Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins to follow suit and use Butch for their subsequent releases, “Nevermind” included.
Urge Overkill has always explored a diversity of styles. 1991′s “The SuperSonic Storybook” had the band re-uniting again with Steve Albini in Chicago. Urge opened for Nirvana on the American and European “Nevermind” tour, and hit the road with Pearl Jam as well during this time, experiencing the 90′s in arena-style.
Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
Urge hired Kramer to produce the 1992 Stull EP, which featured both “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” and “Goodbye to Guyville,” a kiss-off to the Chicago indie rock scene; Liz Phair would later borrow the term for her acclaimed debut album, Exile in Guyville.
Urge Overkill signed to Geffen Records in 1992- The band’s 1993 major-label debut, “Saturation”, was greeted with strong reviews upon its release. Produced by the Butcher Brothers (Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill), the album contained songs such as “Sister Havana” , “Positive Bleeding”, and “Back On Me”.
As the band was preparing to record its follow-up to Saturation, Quentin Tarantino picked the group’s cover of “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” for the soundtrack to his unexpected hit Pulp Fiction. The song and soundtrack became a multi-platinum-selling worldwide hit. (Urge Overkill reunited with Tarantino at Tarantino’s Friar’s Club Roast, playing a set at the Friar’s club and sitting on the podium during the roast alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.)
Exit The Dragon
Geffen Records 1995′s Exit the Dragon, currently hailed as a 90′s classic, followed “Saturation” and their world-wide acclaim, and the band dropped out for…a while.