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Led by frontman Jim Ellison, Material Issue produced some of the '90s most memorable power-pop moments by combining the best elements of Cheap Trick and Shoes. Destination Universe, the band's sophomore effort, showcases their talent for punching out three-minute sonic bursts of energy. Each song packs irresistible hooks, crunchy pop guitars, and soaring vocals into brief odes to love both lost "Ballad of a Lonely Man" and found "Next Big Thing." There's not a whole lot of variation here, but when the formula works, on tracks such as "What Girls Want," "The Loneliest Heart," and "Don't You Think I Know," it's difficult to argue. Though not their most commercially successful release, Destination Universe may be Material Issue's most consistently satisfying album.

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Formed: 1986 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Chicago power pop trio Material Issue married the tight and melodic commercial appeal of acts like Cheap Trick and the Knack with the jangly guitars and cockiness of early-'90s Britpop. Formed in the late '80s as a songwriting vehicle for guitarist/lead singer Jim Ellison, the band included bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko. In 1987, after doing time in and around the Windy City club scene, the group released an eponymous EP that resulted in a contract with Mercury Records. Their major-label...
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