The Pursuit of Happiness | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

The Pursuit of Happiness 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

One gray, cheerless morning it came time for me to check out the new Pursuit of Happiness LP, Love Junk. At first it sounded exactly like the kind of 1970s mainstream hard rock that once served as sound track to my adolescent life: tough, tight, edgy riffs blasting with impeccable Todd Rundgren-produced sonic force out of both of my crappy stereo speakers. I stood there feeling suddenly young and pumped again, wondering whether I should torch up a joint to finish the tableau. But then I noticed the words, a different dimension entirely: 'I'm looking for someone with a voice that's true / I'm gonna be nice to her, maybe she'll be nice too." Moe Berg, front man songwriter of this Toronto-based quintet, really sounds too subtle and sensitive to be wearing a leather jacket. And even when he yells, "I wanna kiss her lips / I wanna see her tits," you suddenly recognize this as precisely the way nice guys talk in private. You know--the kind of frustrated nice guys who sleep alone most of the time because they're so shy, and who have lots of female friends who, among themselves, talk the same way about guys. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage; 929-5959.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chuck Emery.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Renaldo Migaldi

  • The List: July 22-28, 2010

    The List: July 22-28, 2010

    Critics' Choices and other notable shows: Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, Juana Molina, Struck by Lightning, David Dondero, Natacha Atlas, and more
    • Jul 22, 2010
  • A Son of Sun

    A Son of Sun

    It's been 50 years since he recorded at Sam Phillips's legendary studio and more than 30 since he quit music to drive a limo, but rockabilly pioneer Hayden Thompson is getting back into the business.
    • Nov 29, 2007
  • Thomas E. Ricks

    • Sep 28, 2006
  • More »

Popular Stories