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Material Issue was a from Chicago, Illinois. Their trademark was a brand of dense, rich, manic, and powerful tunes. Their lyrics revolved heavily around themes of love and heartbreak, having a phalanx of girl's-first-name-titled songs. Singles such as "Diane" and "Valerie Loves Me" remain staples of radio. Formed in 1985, Material Issue was the brainchild of frontman Jim Ellison (who also played guitar, provided lead vocals, and wrote all Material… read more

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  • Why is Merry Christmas Will Do so low?
  • Material Issue will be playing a NYE show in Chicago. More info.... Material re-Issue (feat. Material Issue's Ted Ansani, Mike Zelenko, and Phil Angotti)
  • I'm listening to International Pop Overthrow for the first time right now. Kinda wish I'd had this band in my life when I was 15.
  • I got to see them at Pointfest 2 in St. Louis (Aug. 20, 1994). We were sitting in the lawn at Riverport and at some point during Material Issue a trash war broke out. Trash was flying through the sky everywhere you looked. All the while Material Issue is kicking ass on stage. It was incredible.
  • Hell yes, their music is timelessly beautiful...
  • material issue, clearly underrated.
  • Truly underrated in their day. This music had stood the test of time.
  • top listner...? why Me?
  • I don't know.
  • How come i didnt know that band ?

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