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Artist: Chicago

Chicago

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Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. They had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups in history. According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 38 million units in the US, with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. There are at least two artists with this name: 1. A popular American rock band 2. A psytrance artist (If you are scrobbling tracks here from Chicago - Music From The Miramax Motion Picture, please fix your tags.) 3. A Japanese vocalist named CHICACO but weirdly gets redirected here. She's been active in LYDIA GRAVE and the touhou arrangement circle ESQUARIA. The second Chicago is a psytrance artist, the pseudonym of David Potter Christman. He is a member of 1200 Micrograms Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - St. Louis Riverfront Times (Event)

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1:15 p.m. August 31 - Since the dawn of time, whenever the St. Louis Cardinals are slumping and need a pick-me-up, the city looks to its own favorite therapy: beating up on long-time nemesis, the hapless Chicago Cubs. The best rivalry in baseball is renewed this weekend when the adversaries square off at Busch Sta...

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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks - St. Louis Riverfront Times (Event)

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December 28 - What better way to say goodbye to 2013 than with a hockey game at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue; 314-622-5400 or www.scottradecenter.com). This evening at 7 p.m. the puck drops on the eternal rivalry: our St. Louis Blues vs. the Chicago Blackhawk...

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Chicago - St. Louis Riverfront Times (Event)

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Daily until September 22 - No woman can be convicted of murder in Jazz Age Chicago -- at least that's what the accused murderesses in the hoosegow tell themselves. Velma Kelly is a cabaret star who's accused of killing her husband and her sister for having too intimate of a relationship. Roxy Hart is a show girl who killed he...

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Chicago: Chicago VIII Rolling Stone, Jun 1975

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WHILE IT'S DIFFICULT to picture anyone failing to be amused by the intentional ludicrousness of, say, dedicating an album to the revolution or making the first addition to a lineup in eight years a conga player when nobody in the group can really sing, this superb satirical group's high jinks have traditionally gone over the head of your average rock buff. Even while critics have been acclaiming them indefatigably since their emergence, the masses have either vilified or simply ignored the Chi-guys.

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The prophetically entitled VIII, though, will almost certainly liberate this witty eight-some from the onerous status of "critics' band" and endear them at least to an appreciable hunk of the mass audience, for the comedic intentions of this veritable laff-riot of an album will be instantly apparent to even the most imbecilic dullard.

The chuckles begin with the cover – yet another variation on that cornball logo they've been schlepping around to knee-slapping effect since 1969 – and turn into unabashed giggles with the discovery that, in addition to a free poster, one also gets a free iron-on patch with this record. How deliciously, ludicrously 1973! Leave it to Jimmy Guercio and his zany writers to neglect to mention in the ironing-on instructions that one must first remove the garment to which he desires to affix the patch. This critic giggled hysterically all the way to the emergency hospital with second-degree burns on his chest!

While no single cut is as hilarious as ‘Critics' Choice’, Bob Lamm's classic sendup of people who get upset by disapproving reviews on Chicago VI or VII or whichever, there are nonetheless giggles galore to be derived from the actual music here.

Check out, for instance, ‘Anyway You Want’, a wonderful parody of a group attempting to perform Jimmy Reed's ‘Tell Me What You Want Me to Do’ without having first learned it. Or ‘Hideaway’, whose music is a tongue-in-cheek pastiche of those dodo Doobie Brothers' ‘China Grove’ and Free's ‘Fire and Water’, with lyrics right out of John Denver at his most mawkish. Or ‘Oh, Thank You Great Spirit’, wherein that irrepressible cutup Terry Kath – he of the funniest Alvin Lee impression ever – exorcises those problems that had been "hassling [his] head!"

Forget how you found it difficult to get heavily into this group's finely honed satire in the past. Chicago VIII will make you laugh until actual tears race one another down your cheeks. This is one horn band whose time has come!

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The Chicago Story

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Chicago X

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Chicago II

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Love Songs

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Chicago Transit Authority

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If You Leave Me Now

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25 Or 6 To 4

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Saturday in the Park

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You're the Inspiration

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Hard to Say I'm Sorry cover art

Hard to Say I'm Sorry

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Colour My World

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Hard Habit To Break

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