90s in 90 Days #32: Verbow

90s in 90 Days #32:  Verbow
Jason Narducy of Jason and Allison/Verbow had one of the voices in the 90s.  “Emotive” is a dead word in 2009, but back around Verbow’s 1997 debut, “Chronicles,” I used it without prejudice to describe the way he sang.  As beautiful as his voice was, Jason could scrap as only a Chicagoan can.  Narducy talks about a particularly memorable show, “We welcomed heckling.  The Morrissey Metro show—we ended the second song, the crowd was really behind us, and some guy after it says, ‘Your stage moves suck.’ And I said, ‘That’s why you’re down there sucking on a Bud Light, and I’m up here with the Mozz.’ He said something else, and I said, ‘This is my gig, why don’t you go back to fucking Schaumburg, and learn to write a song.’ I’m glad he did that—it got the crowd more behind us.”
“Holiday” from “Chronicles” should have been all over the radio back then.  Still should be now.  Give it a listen:




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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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