By the measure of popular acceptance and record company balance sheets, Eleventh Dream Day's place in the alt-rock annals is among the
most frustrating could've-beens. But to a healthy assortment of fans and critics, the Chicago band is a class act all the way, an underrated and
reliable font of powerful, expressive rock'n'roll. Formed by eventual spouses Rick Rizzo (guitar, vocals) and Janet Beveridge Bean (drums,
vocals), plus bassist Douglas McCombs and guitarist Baird Figi, Eleventh Dream Day grew considerably over the years, although their heritage
— the sonic family tree that includes the Velvets, Neil Young and Television, with added touches of Detroit noise, backwater blues, Midwestern
garage-pop and hillbilly ache — remained fairly constant.