Hip Chemists

Four guys attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale formed Hip Chemists in the summer of 1982.
The Hip Chemists were a short lived Carbondale, Illinois four piece; that formed in 1982, while attending Southern Illinois University. Originally called the Dead End Kids, they changed their name to Hip Chemists and recorded this, their only single. "Pop Songs" was inspired by the assassination of John Lennon. Dave Balchen, (Bass) and Stan Barker, (a friend of the band, who wrote "Pop Songs") were in Chicago's first punk band, The Crucified in 1977. They were the first Chicago punk band to release a record; a 4 song EP on they're own Power Records label. The Crucified broke up in 1978, due to the lack of clubs in Chicago willing to book punk bands at the time. Sadly, Stan Barker passed away Sept. 22, 2014, RIP.


Singles & EPs

AC-00157 Hip Chemists - Pop Songs album art Hip Chemists Pop Songs(7", Single) KIO Records AC-00157 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version