90s in 90 Days #64: Yum-Yum

90s in 90 Days #64-Yum-Yum

Chris Holmes created some memorably varied music in the 90s.  His first major band, Sabalon Glitz, was an arthouse mix of indie, Krautrock, and prog–perhaps best explained by the song “Superchiasmic Nucleaus,” from “Ufonic” (1994).  

Sabalon Giltz called it Sabalon Quitz shortly after the release of “Ufonic,” leaving Holmes to choose an entirely different canvas to paint sounds on.  His first post-Sabalon project was Yum-Yum, an ork-pop group that found him singing in a whisper over strings and horns, as opposed to menacingly vocalizing over synths and theremins as he had in Sabalon.  

Holmes explained how Yum-Yum came to be, “Yum-Yum was actually my punk rock reaction to what was going on in Chicago at the time.  It seemed like every band that was coming out was a copy of another band that people liked.  So there were like forty Jesus Lizard-sounding bands, and everybody was trying to be tough and ‘rawer’ than the bands before them. It just seemed like fucking caricatures of what passion is and what toughness and what music was about.  It just got so fucking boring, that I thought the most punk rock thing I could do at the time was write love songs…have strings, and be true.”  


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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