Thursday, July 23, 2009


And here we are with the last of the first three Twin Tone releases. Not too much info one this record though. Fingerprints debuted with this record in 1978, the Christmas Down 7" the same year, two tracks off the Big Hits of Mid America comp., & another single in 1980.

Now as with the last two, the music is quite good for first releases. (Now I Wanna Be A) Space Girl is a great track! And it might just be me, but I swear that Track 9 is the theme song to something, but I just can't quite put my finger on it. Any guesses? Anywho, hope you enjoy the music as much as I do. Stay tuned!

Fingerprints E.P.

(Now I Wanna Be A) Space Girl
Burn Those Bridges
Track 9
Wasted On You
Made In The Shade
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Monday, July 20, 2009


There were many great bands in & around the Minneapolis area during late 70's. (As well as the 80's too!) It's hard to choose a favorite. I mean you have the pioneers of the scene, The Suicide Commandos. Who could argue how great they were? But there's always one artist that comes to mind that was so unique throughout all of his projects.

Curtiss Almsted (a.k.a. Curtiss A) was one hell of an artist. I've always kinda thought of him as the Joe Cocker/Bruce Springstein of punk. With his hometown rock n roll guitar & his tough as rocks vocal chords, this guy could really get you goin'! His first Twin Tone release was with the Spooks. Also the second of the first three releases by Twin Tone. Now this E.P. is quite good, but not as great as his solo material. Although I do believe the title track is one of his best songs. Great depiction of the times. Take a listen & decide for yourself! Enjoy!

1980-1990 E.P.

Fun Is Everything (science-fiction world)
Sinister Forces.... peculiar points of view
Evil Eye/Hit The Lights
Laugh It Up (it's all a big joke anyway)
Scum Of The Earth for Travis Bickle
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Suburbs

Twin Tone Records was started in Minneapolis, MN in 1978. Their first three records were released simultaneously the very same year, all on red vinyl.The debut Suburbs E.P. was the very first. An outstanding record in my opinion. I love the cartoon artwork on the cover as well. Side A is all punk done up Suburbs style. The flip side is a bit more pop induced, although the great Prehistoric Jaws has got to be one my favorite tracks on the record.

They went on to release more records throughout the eighties though I believe they were a bit more new-wave. Never really listened to their later material. You can find a couple more great early tracks of theirs off the Big Hits Of Mid America Volume III. The World War III 7'' is great also, if you can track it down. Enjoy & stay tuned!

The Suburbs E.P.

Teenage Run-In
Chemistry Set
Your Phone
Couldn't Care Less
Prehistoric Jaws
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Reds II

Here's the 2nd single from the boys from Philly. Great cover, but an ok title track. B-side might be better here. My personal favorite is their 3rd single, which you can grab here. Much more to come so stay tuned! Minneapolis next week?

Self Reduction 7"

Self Reduction
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Reds

Back from the dead once again. Featured today is a band from Philadelphia called The Reds. Not too much info on these guys. A few singles and an album? Anybody confirm? Anywho, here we got their debut single from 1978 on Go Go Records. Features Joey with the b-side Automatic Boy. You can find their first LP here. Maybe more power pop than punk, but who's to judge? Take your pick & stay tuned for more to come!

The Reds 7"

Automatic Boy
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