90s in 90 Days #73: The Lupins

90s in 90 Days #73: The Lupins

One of the strangest moments in 90s local music happened when Lance Tawzer and Stoley, guitarist and frontman of the Lupins, landed a gig hosting morning drive on Q101.  Their insane, seemingly instant, progression from local band to once-a-week radio hosts to morning anchors is faithfully chronicled in “Chicago Rocked.”

Tawzer talked about the initial jump to mornings, “The rest of the band really didn’t think that was all such a good idea.  Mainly because they weren’t getting any of the money, but it was also supposedly cutting into our music career.”

Helped by a massive marketing campaign for their show, Lance and Stoley’s zero-to-sixty leap into radio stardom raised the hackles of other bands in the community.  Stoley explains, “The popularity of the band certainly grew because we were on the radio talking about ourselves. Then the image of the band changed, because all of a sudden we were like a cartoony, comedic, kind of thing because we were two funny guys on the radio.  The resentment of a lot of the other bands in the city–it was no secret we were big because we got to talk about ourselves on the radio all the time–I’d hate us, too. I think, in hindsight, the Lupins as a band musically, we were okay.  I didn’t think we were the worst band in the world.  Without the radio, I don’t think we would’ve moved as far as that.”

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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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