The Goldstars

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Chicago’s Goldstars emerged in the early 2000s from the ranks of a few local outfits. Organist Skipper and drummer Goodtime (their Christian names) were from New Duncan Imperials, while white soul brother vocalist and bassist Sal had done time with the Krinkles. The band’s guitar position was initially fluid, since the Goldstars weren’t meant to be full-time anyway, and most shows were spent bashing the hell out of old rock and R&B chestnuts that any axeman worth his weight in pocket change ought to know. Still, the spot finally solidified with the arrival of the fabulously named Dag Juhlin, another notable local who’d broken a few hearts as a member of the Slugs. The Stars soon became a fixture around town, bringing their glitter and hip shake to happy audiences from Rogers Park to Pullman. November 2003 saw the first all-original Goldstars material put to wax, with the Pravda issue of Gotta Get Out! Track titles like “She Don’t Like,” “Can You Satisfy,” and “Oh Yeah!” were a good indication of the raucous raveosity that lay inside its hot pink sleeve. ~ Johnny Loftus