Naked Raygun is a Chicago-based punk rock group. Initially active from 1980 to 1992, Naked Raygun had several short-lived reunions afterwards and a full-time reformation in 2006.
From the beginning, their music had a strong sense of melody and songwriting, although ofttimes their music devolved into a mashup of jungle jazz and rockabilly. Sadly, no music exists from that very early period. Later on, their lyrics often explored working class issues. Naked Raygun began as an arty punk band and were thought by some to be rather fey. After Camilo Gonzalez joined the band, their direction became more traditionally punk and some would place them in the hardcore punk pantheon. Later, they branched out into post-hardcore territory. By their early 1990s incarnation, Naked Raygun's melodic tendencies became more pronounced, with strong power pop leanings in the vein of Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Jam.