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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B004NDVKO0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It was the year Nirvana first entered the Billboard charts with its sophomore album, Nevermind, which would soon hit number one. It housed a little song called 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' that permeated the airwaves. Chicago band Smashing Pumpkins would release its debut album, Gish. And in the midst of this another Chicago-based band would emerge with an infectiously catchy album culled from a genre not befitting the times. The band was Material Issue and its debut, International Pop Overthrow, may not have taken over the world like its name implies, but two of its songs did make substantial waves on radio and the album entered the Billboard 200. More importantly, Material Issue reenergized power-pop, which wasn't the flavor of the day, helped hone the alternative rock wave to come, and influenced a music scene in their hometown and beyond. There would be three studio albums to follow, but the tragic and unexpected suicide of frontman Jim Ellison at the age of 32 would effectively end the music. While their run was cut short, their impact ran deep. 'Material Issue kept one foot in pop, one foot in punk, and still maintained their credibility in the alternative rock scene', says Liz Phair. They were gracious about their success, contentious about preserving their dignity and generally all around cool guys. The Chicago music scene in the 90s would not have become what it did without them. Beyond Chicago. the group inspired an annual power pop festival that named itself after Material Issues debut. For 12 years, International Pop Overthrow festival has brought together countless fans of the genre to take in hundreds of bands. Held in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, the fest has also been presented in Liverpool. It has featured up-and-corners as well as revered acts in the power pop vein, such as Jellyfish/Grays frontman Jason Falkner and Shoes. Material Issue's own Ted Ansani has performed on the International Pop Overthrow festival bill with his Ted Ansani Project. As for the album itself, the 14-song International Pop Overthrow is rite with everything a power-pop lover seeks: strong melodies and harmonies, sing- along choruses, earworm hooks, tight-driven rhythms, reminiscences of '60s1'70s a.m. pop, and a touch of early-'60s Britpop flair stemming from guitar lines and Ellison's slightly affected vocal tones. Of course, another power-pop hallmarks songs about boys and girls, love and heartbreak permeate IPO as well. The album is presented here in its 20th anniversary edition remastered for the first time as well as including 8 bonus tracks recorded during the time of the album sessions. 6 of these tracks have appeared on a promotional only release created at the time of the release of the record, and 'Sixteen Tambourines' is an IPO sessions version of their song which appeared on a much earlier CMJ compilation. The final track 'The Girl With The Saddest Eyes' has never before been available in any form

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In celebration of International Pop Overthrow's twentieth anniversary, and in memory of the group's late leader Jim Ellison, Hip-O select has issued this greatly expanded version of Material Issue's first full length release. By the time the record dropped in 1991, Material Issue had been together nearly six years, had issued an EP and a few singles, and had toured extensively throughout their native Midwest. The album itself was recorded in Zion, Illinois, the home of another great power-pop band, Shoes, and produced by Shoes' Jeff Murphy. IPO fit well in a year that was dotted with key power-pop albums from Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend), Teenage Fanclub (Bandwagonesque), Velvet Crush (In the Presence of Greatness), Adam Schmitt (World So Bright) and Richard X. Heyman (Hey Man!).

The album sold nationwide, launching a video for "Diane" on MTV's 120 Minutes and pushing "Valerie Loves Me" into the top ten of Billboard's modern rock chart. The group completed two more albums and toured heavily, but never recaptured either the bittersweet poignancy of IPO, or its commercial success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maria on March 4, 2013
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A wonderful cd by a wonderful band and what l loved was getting it within weeks of ordering it, thanks
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J on July 18, 2011
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I have loved Material issue since I was a teenager and although my music choices have evolved from top 40 to Pitchfork.com music choices, Material Issue has stuck with me through it all.
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5 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ming on July 27, 2011
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**This review is not about the album but a critique about this particular edition and the tracks that comprise it.**

I'll admit I don't have this particular remaster/anniversary edition.

I do have all the tracks on this release except for the last track "The Girl With The Saddest Eyes". And for that reason I will have to buy this release as I cringe at the thought of what could have/should have been a worthwhile anniversary edition.

While my review is not a comment on the sound quality of the remaster itself and whether the sonic engineers brick-walled the thing or not but rather a comment on what should have been.

What should have been is a 2 disc deluxe treatment of this album. This package would contain the original album track sequence as well as the incidental tracks that made up the b-sides on the singles and various other compilations of the era pre "Destination Universe" release.

Maybe a live concert recording of the IPO era could've augmented the deluxe edition or maybe a DVD of music videos from the album.

Clearly from a standpoint of a fan who has collected MI tracks on various comps and singles - this anniversary edition is lame. If you are a new fan to the group - you will be happy to get this anniversary edition; if you are in the same boat as me and have collected MI recordings on various releases then this anniversary edition is not a high priority on my "to-buy" list.

I was hoping that the record company would've remembered the fans and given us a treat instead of 1 unreleased track. But then that was rather silly of me to expect something like that wasn't it?
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