Nation Of Ulysses, The

Ian Svenonius, Tim Green, Steve Kroner, Steve Gamboa, James Canty

Also known as Nation Of Ulysses, Ulysses
Members of Nation Of Ulysses, The: Ian Svenonius, James Canty, Steve Gamboa, Steve Kroner, Tim Green (2)
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.dischord.com/band/nation-of-ulysses

Discography of Nation Of Ulysses, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Plays Pretty For Baby 13 Audio 1992 Dischord Records
2 The Birth Of The Ulysses Aesthetic (The Synthesis Of Speed And Transformation) 3 Audio 1991 Dischord Records
3 Plays Pretty For Baby 16 Audio 1992 Dischord Records
4 13-Point Program To Destroy America 16 Audio 1991
5 The Embassy Tapes 10 Audio 2000
6 13-Point Program To Destroy America 13 Audio 2008 Dischord Records
7 The Embassy Tapes 10 Audio 2000 Dischord Records
8 The Birth Of The Ulysses Aesthetic (The Synthesis Of Speed And Transformation) 3 Audio 1991 Dischord Records
9 13-Point Program To Destroy America 13 Audio 1991 Dischord Records
10 Plays Pretty For Baby 13 Audio 1992 Dischord Records
11 13-Point Program To Destroy America 13 Audio 2010 Dischord Records
12 Plays Pretty For Baby 16 Audio 1992 Dischord Records
13 13-Point Program To Destroy America 13 Audio 2010 Dischord Records


The Nation of Ulysess ("N.O.U." for short) was first formed as a quartet in 1988 under the name Ulysses. The members were Ian Svenonius (vocals/trumpet), Stever Kroner (guitar), Steve Gamboa (bass), and James Canty (drums). Second guitarist Tim Green joined near the end of 1989 and the group altered their name to "The Nation of Ulysses".

N.O.U. presented themselves as a radical political party instead of a rock band. They renamed the home they shared "The Embassey" and published a 'zine called "Ulysses Speaks" to expand upon their philosophies and ideals, which included the destruction of America and "Parent Culture", aligning themselves with radical political movements, fake time-lines of supposed N.O.U. terrorist activities, calling for the consumption of large amounts of sugar and caffeine, succession from the United States, and the idea that no one involved with the N.O.U. would ever age past 18. The liner notes of the band's releases also reflected these sentiments. Just how serious all this was has long been a matter of debate, although political rhetoric has continued to be a part of Ian Svenonius's post-N.O.U. work.

The band's sound incorporated elements of punk, hardcore, soul, jazz, and noise. Presentation was also key to the band's identity, as the group would appear live in matching clothes or suits (dressing well was another key tenant of the N.O.U. philosophy).

N.O.U. would record two 7"s and two LPs for [l=Dischord Records] (the first 7" was a split release with [l=K] Records) during their lifespan and during that time would rank second only to [a=Fugazi] in terms of popularity amongst the label's bands. Steve Kroner departed following the recording of the 2nd LP. The group began working on a 3rd LP as a quartet but after Tim Green quit in late 1992, the group dissolved. Svenonius, Gamboa, and Canty continued on with the short-lived [a=Cupid Car Club] and then [a=Make-Up, The]. Tim Green relocated to the West Coast and worked as a producer and performer with a number of acts.


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