90s in 90 Days #31: BOOM hANK plays to the South Side

90s in 90 Days #31:  BOOM hANK plays to the South Side
BOOM hANK’s 1995 release on Pravda, “Nuisance,” was rootsy, but with an edge to it that only a calloused heart could create or appreciate.  Think Counting Crows if they drank PBR while shooting pool to Husker Du records.  Listening back to “Nuisance” in the present day, I’m as surprised now as I was then that the band never got enough attention to even be considered obscure.

Singer Stump Mahoney remembers the difficulties of being a band that played originals on the south side, “We could certainly play clubs on the south side, but it was frustrating.  We would play this one place called Riley’s Daughter and we do a handful of originals, and mix them in with some cover tunes, but the covers were always Pravda label artists, or some other bands that were either signed to larger independents oreven major labels: we’d do Souled American songs, Replacements tunes, Pixies…  After playing some of these places, the management would say, ‘Hey, nobody knows your music.  You’ve gotta play stuff that they know.’  And we’d say, okay, and the next time we’d come by we’d announce, ‘Okay, this is a John Cougar Mellencamp B-side,’ and we’d go into a Replacements tune or something.  And that eventually just wore on us.”


90s in 90 Days

Over the course of 90 days (not consecutive, though I’ll try), I’ll be offering up a capsule look at something about Chicago music from the 90s.  It could be a radio memory.  Thoughts on a song, show, band, or album.  Maybe a review aided by hindsight.  Whatever it is, it’ll be original content just for this site, and not found in my book.  

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