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The Aluminum Group

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Named in honor of a line of furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the Chicago-based chamber-pop outfit the Aluminum Group was led by brothers John and Frank Navin, longtime staples of the Wicker Park music scene who first surfaced in 1983 as members of the hardcore band Women in Love. Always harboring a secret affecton for the music of the Carpenters and Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, the Navins eventually formed the Aluminum Group, stubbornly pursuing their brand of lushly orchestrated pop until the sound actually became newly fashionable during the mid-1990s. Three years after self-releasing the lackluster Wonder Boy in 1995, the band — also featuring guitarist John Ridenour, keyboardist Liz Conant, bassist Eddie Carlson and drummer John Blaha — issued their superb sophomore LP Plano on local indie Minty Fresh. The Jim O’Rourke-produced Pedals followed in 1999; Pelo was issued a year later.

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  • Cherrylake

    I like the way you think, Retinend

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Retinend

    Their music puts me in a lovely alternate musical fantasy universe, where the 80s and early 90s never happened. Kind of like what The High Llamas do too.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • loptimistic

    I'm actually really enjoying this.

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • coolmikado

    I want my Aluminum Group back!

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • IAMERROR13

    Simply delightful! :D

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • pol_noir

    Pionners!

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • bungalow93

    where the heck was i??? this should have been my favorite band for the last 10 years. if cousteau and swing out sister had a funky love child, aluminum group would be its two-headed baby. love!

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • VerticalDog

    charles......nice stuff. really nice. congrats to you and your brother. since i've been traveling down south so much i've grown fond of latin music. i could listen to your tunes on the beach with a mojito. since you do physical art as well i just ordered a print from image wizards that produces 'aluma art'. a very interesting process. give cahill a kiss for me. nice legs.

    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • plexabee

    beautiful :)

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lilpuzzled

    forgive me for being so ignorant before. i was just sitting in a restaurant in jakarta, indonesia, of all places, and heard chocolate. i instantly fell in love with that beautiful song. i am simply mesmerized...

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • IndieTickets

    Tickets for the Aluminum Groups June 22nd show at Darkroom Chicago are available here! http://darkroom.indietickets.com/

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • oeoirico

    Well look what the cat dragged in: Huzzah-zah! "Little Happyness" has finally been released! It's been a long long time. Come in lover. Let me slip into something more comfortable and I'll give you a proper welcome home.

    27 May 2008 Reply
  • MyrtlePeacock

    Huzzah! The Aluminum Group DVD is out! See http://firstrunfeatures.com/pursuitofhappynessdvd.html. I've already seen the film and it is a must, really.

    5 Jun 2007 Reply
  • oeoirico

    Number me among your minions, and I'll be civilized If you need a volunteer you know I'm here to indulge your appetite...

    12 Mar 2007 Reply

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