Vince’s Notes: Thrift Shop brings together former EIEIO members, Bun E. Carlos

By Vince Chiarelli

Well-known local and regional musicians have formed a new band called “Thrift Shop.” The bio from the band’s webpage says, “2 guys are original members of Cheap Trick. 2 guys are original EIEIO’s. 1 guy worked with a Beatle and 1 was named Kid Korvette.”

Hailing from Wisconsin, the band EIEIO came into the national eye in the mid-1980s. The band came to popularize the sound and genre that is known as alt-country and has been called “locomotive rock and twang” by Rolling Stone. After their 1986 release of Land of Opportunity, the band got considerable airplay and shared stages with bands like The Clash, Bangles, Los Lobos, Stray Cats and Violent Femmes. The two members of “Thrift Shop” who were part of EIEIO are Steve Summers and Richard Szeluga (also known as Kid Korvette).

The other member of the band is Bun E. Carlos of the hometown band Cheap Trick. Carlos still performs periodically with other local musicians in his Monday Night Band. Szeluga was also the bassist in Cheap Trick in the early 1970s. It is great that these great musicians have collaborated and created some new music. These guys have known and worked together off and on for 45 years, but this is their first release together.

Seven tracks are available at, and five more are “on the way.” The available tracks are “Chicken Butt,” “Good and Plenty,” “Lucky Penny,” “Little Cat Feet,” “Oh What A Day,” “TangleTown” and “Shine.” Musical styles range from classic rock frolics to introspective, metaphorical ballads. A photo tile creates a visual atmosphere for each track. We’re looking forward to the addition of the remaining tracks and the completion of the project.

Please contact Vince Chiarelli if you have any original Rockford music or radio suggestions. He can be reached at

From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue

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