Material Issue

Also known as Materialissue
Members of Material Issue: Jim Ellison, Mike Zelenko, Ted Ansani

Discography of Material Issue:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 International Pop Overthrow 14 Audio 1991 Mercury
2 Diane 4 Audio 1991 Mercury
3 Destination Universe 13 Audio 1992 Mercury
4 Freak City Soundtrack 11 Audio 1994 Mercury
5 Telecommando Americano 19 Audio 1997 Rykodisc
6 Gone But Not Forgotten 25 Audio 2000 Five Dolar Records
7 The Super Sonic Seven-Inch 2 Audio 1988 Big Block Records (2)
8 Diane 4 Audio 1991 Mercury
9 International Pop Overthrow 14 Audio 1991
10 Destination Universe 13 Audio 1992 Mercury
11 Material Issue 6 Audio 1987
12 Materialissue 6 Audio 1987 Landmind Records
13 What Girls Want 4 Audio 1992
14 Chatter - An Audio Profile Of International Pop Overthrow 16 Audio 1991
15 International Pop Overthrow 14 Audio 1991
16 Blockbuster EP 5 Audio 1991 Mercury
17 What Girls Want 3 Audio 1992 Mercury
18 Goin' Through Your Purse 3 Audio 1994 Mercury
19 Freak City Soundtrack 11 Audio 1994 Mercury
20 Diane 2 Audio 1991
21 The Best Of Material Issue 12 Audio 2006 Mercury
22 Material Issue EP 5 Audio 1991 Mercury
23 What Girls Want 3 Audio 1992 Mercury
24 Kim The Waitress 2 Audio 1994 Mercury
25 International Pop Overthrow 14 Audio 1991 Mercury
26 Blockbuster EP 5 Audio 1991
27 The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) 4 Audio 1996 MCA Records
28 Diane 4 Audio 1991 Mercury
29 Diane 2 Audio 1991 Mercury
30 Valerie Loves Me 3 Audio 1991 Mercury
31 When I Get This Way (Over You) 2 Audio 1992 Mercury
32 Goin' Through Your Purse (Live) 11 Audio 1994 Mercury
33 Goin' Through Your Purse: Live In Chicago (2400 Trouble Makers Can't Be Wrong) 11 Audio 1994 Mercury
34 What Girls Want 4 Audio 1992 Polydor
35 What Girls Want 2 Audio 1992 Polydor
36 Destination Universe 13 Audio 1992
37 Issue-1 4 Audio 1992-00-00 Polydor


Illinois based band consisting of Jim Ellison, Ted Ansani & Mike Zelenko. After playing the Chicago circuit, Material Issue released a series of singles in 1987 on small labels. Their first major label release through Mercury Records "International Pop Overthrow" compiled all these tracks giving them strong success on the college radio circuit as well as critical acclaim. After releasing two more records ("Destination Universe" & "Freak City Soundtrack") the group began working on their fourth album "Telecommando Americano". Sadly before the album was released, lead singer Jim Ellison committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on June 20th, 1996. "Telecommando Americano" was later released shortly after his death.


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