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International Pop Overthrow

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000001FZT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Valerie Loves Me
  2. Diane
  3. Renee Remains The Same
  4. This Letter
  5. Out Right Now
  6. Crazy
  7. Chance of a Lifetime
  8. International Pop Overthrow
  9. Very First Lie
  10. Trouble
  11. There Was A Few
  12. This Far Before
  13. A Very Good Idea
  14. Li'l Christine

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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Discovered this band when seeing them play live at a music festival in the US. Blew me away with the sheer simplicity and perfection of their catchy guitar pop songs, which were usually about girls. Lead singer Jim Ellison sadly committed suicide in '96, but he certainly left a legacy of touching pop songs behind. Opener 'Valerie Loves Me' is one of those songs that everyone needs to hear, however this is far from a one song album. Pretty much everything on here is worthy of your hard earned on its own merits. Buy a copy and make a discovery that will delight you in the way it delighted me back in '94 when I first encountered them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a fan of music? Then buy this immediately! 24 April 2003
By NoahNoah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Forget everything you are doing and buy this now! It's the debut CD from a band that should've been the next big thing. The songs are so well written. It's perhaps "the" definitive power-pop CD. You want to hear some perfect pop songs? Check out "Valerie Loves Me", "Diane", "Lil' Christine", "Very first Lie", "Renee remains the Same", and "This Letter". I'll never forget playing this CD at my friends house, and his Dad asking if it was the Beatles. I wish they would've captured a little more of their live "punkier" sound on this CD, but it's still a work of art.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Power Pop from the early 90's 30 April 2003
By J.Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album Waaaaaayyyyy back in early 1991 when it was first released. And, although I haven't listened to it in a long time (I traded it in a while ago for some foolish reason that I can't fathom at the moment), all I remember is being blown away by how catchy EVERY track was. Of course "Valerie Loves Me" is great... and the fact that I had a major crush on a girl named Valerie, at the time of this album's original release, made it all the more memorable for me. But many other tracks like "The Very First Lie" are also excellent.
My wish to re-purchase this CD has brought me to Amazon.com..... and this little customer review down memory lane. Find this CD and buy it, ASAP, if you are a fan of melodic power pop with attitude.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason why you even heard of The Smashing Pumpkins ! 25 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Ish, as they were lovingly called, almost single handedly made Chicago explode into every music buyer and makers conscious! Paving the way for million sellers like The Smashing Pumpkins (whose tunes are not half as good) Urge Overkill, and Liz Phair among others. Ironicly enough, the Ish got left behind. This was their biggest album! Chalk full of three minute tunes that only take one listen to memorize the melody. Jim Ellison crafted these little ditties so well, you could have sworn you heard it before, but you could never place where. This record made tons of Chicago kids play guitar and start bands. I know, because my friends and myself were among those kids. Unfortunatly, the next two albums did not sell as well, and the ISh were dropped from their label. The latter, "Freak City Soundtrack" (now out of print) is the end all- be all- Heavy PoP album of the nineties. No one came close, no one could touch it. Too bad not to many people know that. "International Pop Overthrow" was the cornerstone. "Destination Universe" was the bed spread. "Freak City " was the payoff! A huge skyscraper! MI always dared to dream big, I mean just look at the titles of their albums. "Telecommando Americano" is their post-humorous release, that is worth picking up as well. There seems to be some unfinished business on that record; like it wasn't quite finished. Who knows, maybe if Ellison stuck around, it wouldv'e been called "Skyscraper"? That's just one idea.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Defunct Pop Band 5 May 2000
By daibhidh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Who? Most people haven't heard of this band, although I'd wager they've heard their songs, if they listened at all to the radio in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Material Issue brought industry interest back to Chicago, paving the way for bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, Jesus Lizard, and Liz Phair. All of them owe a debt to Material Issue.
Sadly, this band is defunct with the suicide of its lead singer/songwriter, Jim Ellison. Material Issue reveled in straightforward, tuneful pop. Songs like "Valerie Loves Me", "Diane", "Renee Remains the Same", "Chance of a Lifetime" all show strong pop craftsmanship by this trio, all the more because there's always a tone of desperation amid these upbeat songs. This is a very listenable album. My only objections are that Ellison had a tendency to get sentimental on some of his works, like "Very First Lie", but the strength of his best work offsets that, in my opinion.
Seems like most of their catalogue has evaporated, but this album still turns up, so it's worth your time, if only to get a glimpse of alterna-pop before the term "alternative" was really in place to define a generation of musicians.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early 90's greatness!!! 26 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One word describes this CD:GREATNESS.When I heard "Valerie Loves Me",I could not get it out of my head.Quite possibly one of the most simple songs ever written,it is without doubt one of the most catchy and best songs ever written.It is written,somewhat in my opinion,similar to early Beatles songs:infectious and memorable.Before I get berated,I must make this clear:in no way am I comparing these guys to the Beatles and never would.It's just that this CD has a certain similar catchy pop style like the Beatles early stuff.As for the rest of the album.it does sound somewhat similar.But that was the attraction of this band:simple,catchy pop songs with enough of an edge to crossover to a wider audience.I had the oppurtunity to see these guys in the early 90's at an event in Dallas called "Edgefest"put on by one of the area radio stations.They put on one of the most energetic and fun shows that I have ever seen and had the crowd whipped into a frenzy.But I guess all good things must come to an end.There next couple of albums were critics choices,but were met with poor sales in the public.And I guess that,among other things going on in Jim Ellison's life,eventually led him to commit suicide.But this album,and my memories of that performance mentioned earlier,will live on forever for this fan.....
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