The once self-proclaimed antichrist Bobby Conn
is in a league all his own when it comes to performing live as well as creating his tongue-in-cheek chameleon-like pop that genre-hops with a decadent flair. Conn
got his start playing guitar in the Chicago prog rock trio Conducent in 1989; by 1994 the group called it quits and Conn
went solo. Conn
received attention quickly in the Windy City's live circuit for his outlandish live shows that verged on performance art and theater. Whether dressed as a priest, wearing mud on his face, or just dishing out hugs and kisses to unsuspecting fans, Conn
defiantly didn't go unnoticed. His first lineup consisted of ex-Conducent member DJ Le Deuce on turntables, as well as Julie Pomerleau (aka Monica BouBou) on electric violin.
In 1995 and 1996 Conn
released two EPs, then in 1997 he released his self-titled debut album on the Truck Stop label, but it was 1998's Rise Up!
LP that extended Conn
's musical palette and got music fans outside of Chicago to take notice. Then in 1999, Conn
released the Llovessonngs
EP (on Chicago independent label Thrill Jockey), which showcased the hilarious French disco tune "Virginia." Into the millennium, Conn
released The Golden Age
and toured with the support of the Glass Gypsies
, featuring Pomerleau/BouBou on organ as well as guitarist Sledd, keyboardist Pearly Sweets, bassist Nick Macri, and drummer Colby Starck
. Released in 2004, Homeland
cast a satirical gaze at America and the war in Iraq, while 2007's King for a Day
tackled fantasy, celebrity, and the media. Rise Up!
was reissued just in time for Conn
's 2011 tour playing the album in its entirety. For his 2012 full length Macaroni, Conn
formed backing band The Burglars from some of Chicago's leading players. The Burglars included long time drummer Josh Johannpeter (also active in Lazer Crystal and Mahjongg) as well as keyboardist Jon Steinmeier and bassist Jim Cooper of The Detholz. Macaroni was slated for an early 2012 release with subsequent tours of the USA, Europe and the UK in the works.