Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Business - The Cage, Minneapolis April 15 1995

Sad news winding its way through the rumor mill that Micky Fitz of original Oi! band The Business finally lost his battle with cancer.

I first got turned on to The Business from the documentary film UK/DK and they quickly became a firm favorite.  I bought the records I could find, which in Minneapolis in 1984 were few and far between, and turned on my friends to the band.

Flash forward 11 years and I was playing bass in my own Oi! band (The Subversives), and we get the call to open for The Business who had been booked to play a local all-ages goth club called The Cage.  Then I found out that my friend Tom Cesario (RIP) was going to be the sound man, and I was able to slip him a blank tape for him to record a feed from the board.

The result is below. This tape has never been circulated (to the best of my knowledge) so enjoy!

1. intro
2. Suburban Rebels
3. Blind Justice
4. Real Enemy
5. Product
6. Saturday's Heroes
7. Out In The Cold
8. Holiday In Seattle
9. H-Bomb
10. Mortgage Mentality
11. Loud, Proud & Punk
12. Keep The Faith
13. Smash The Discos
14. Drinking & Driving
15. Never Be Taken
16. Harry May

RIP Micky Fitz... relive the glory here

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Special Beat - First Ave. 1993

From the same night as The Selecter show I posted earlier.  Special Beat was half Specials and half English Beat and all amazing. One of the most energetic shows I have seen, the band were non-stop running, jumping and no standing still.

1. Monkey Man
2. Rough Rider
3. Tears of a Clown
4. Nothing Ever Changes
5. ???
6. Too Hot
7. Rainy Days
8. Doesn't Make It Alright
9. Get a Job
10. Ranking Full Stop
11. Mirror in the Bathroom
12. Sooner or Later
13. Enjoy Yourself

No ordinary beat, get your Special Beat here

Friday, November 18, 2016

Whitehouse - Live Action 57 Mpls 1993

Live Action 57
Seventh Street Entry
July 7 1993

What can I say about Whitehouse?  If you know then I don't have to tell you. If you don't know then there is no use in trying to explain it to you.

I went more out of curiosity than as a fan, and I left more as a fan than a curiosity seeker.

Of all the shows I recorded around this time, this is the only tape that I listed as "Quality cannot be determined". This could be the best Whitehouse bootleg ever, or it could be total crap. Or it could be both.

Local band Outhouse opened the show, and I believe they were put together just to play this gig.

Chicago's Intrinsic Action was next. Not being a connoisseur o Power Electronics they seemed to just be a Whitehouse clone, although upon further investigation I realized there were subtle differences.

Whitehouse came on and did what they did.  Bennett introduced "Birth Death Experience" and the band just stood there. It was dance night in the First Ave mainroom, and you can hear Haddaway's "What Is Love" bleed through during this Whitehouse classic.

my cock's on fire
i'm comin' up your ass
the second coming
birthdeath experience
asking for it
twice is not enough

Get some Live Action here

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Plasmatics First Avenue Minneapolis May 4 1987

In 1980 I was 12 years old and a budding punk rocker. My dad was 41 and enjoyed looking at women's breasts.  I heard that The Plasmatics were going to be playing at a local dive bar and asked my dad if he'd take me. "Huh, is that the woman that only wears shaving cream and electrical tape?" he asked. I replied in the affirmative and he agreed.  I ran upstairs to my mom... "Mom, Mom," I shouted, "Dad said he will take me to see The Plasmatics!!!"  "No he's not!" was her reply.

It would be another 7 years before I was able to witness the spectacle that was The Plasmatics, and it was well worth the wait.  At this time, on tour supporting the album "Maggots: The Album" it was only Wendy O. and Wes Beech from the original line up, but still, it was THE PLASMATICS!!!  You can hear me shouting "Butcher Baby" during Wendy's intro to said song, and I got to actually touch her legs a few times. It was like touching the calf of God.  It was a sad sad day in the Stench household when I found out Wendy had given herself a lead lobotomy, but at least I got the chance to see her perform at least once.

1. Intro
2. ???
3. A Pig is a Pig
4. ???
5. ???
6. Squirm
7. ???
8. Living Dead
9. Propagators
10. Sex Junkie
11. Butcher Baby
12. Masterplan
13. Party Tonight
14. No Class
15. Fuck That Booty
16. ???
17. Black Leather Monster
18. Going Wild

It's not the best quality, but you can get your plasma here

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teengenerate Uptown Bar Dec. 6 1995

Teengenerate, one of Japan's premiere garage rock exports, hit the Uptown Bar in Minneapolis in the winter of 1995 to bring some much-needed scorch to our wintery hell.

I don't know the names of the songs so your guess is as good as mine.

Thanks to Tim Kelly for help on dating this show.

Start your Wild Weekend here

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Flock of Seagulls - Mississippi Live Minneapolis Feb. 20 1993

1993, before the nostalgia craze hit its' full stride, A Flock of Seagulls played a failing bar in a failing shopping complex on the bank of the Mississippi river. AFOS hadn't done anything of note for nigh on 10 years, so expectations were very low, as was the ticket price.

And those expectations were met, just barely.  Mike Score and some hired hands ran through "new" songs interspersed with the obligatory hits.  Mr. Score seemed like he couldn't wait to get off the stage and back to his adopted home of Florida.  There was palpable umbrage when the band finally got around to playing "I Ran", a song that not only made it possible for Mr. Score to not work a real job, but also travel the world playing music.

The quality of the recording is listenable for the hardcore fan. It is what it is, much like the performance.
  • Mike Score – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Ed Berner – lead guitar
  • Kaya Pryor – drums, percussion
  • Mike Radcliffe – bass guitar
  • Mike Railton – keyboards
1. Magic
2. Over My Head
3. Space Age Love Song
4. Setting Sun
5. Burning Up
6. The Fall
7. Quicksand
8. The More You Live The More You Love
9. You're Mine
10. Life Is Easy
11. Nightmares
12. Hearts On Fire
13. Wishing
14. I Ran
15. Messages
16. Telecommunication

Listen to a birdie trying to take flight here

Or if you have an account on Dime you can torrent it here

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Big Country - First Avenue Minneapolis Nov 6 1993

Big Country rolled into town late in 1993. I was enough of a fan to snatch up a free ticket (back in the days when First Ave. handed out comp tickets like Halloween candy) and to bring down the ol' tape recorder.  The recording is as best as I could make it, and evidently I missed the encore for some reason.

Explore a Big Country here

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

D.O.A. Minneapolis August 23 1985

D.O.A., Canada's hardest working punk band, made a pit stop in Minneapolis on August 23 1985. This was their first all-ages show in town and I was at the front of the line the day of the show. Actually I was ahead of the line as I helped out setting up the show. Not booking, but actually setting up the stage and PA and such.  Process Blue and Soul Asylum were the local openers and were pretty forgettable. Forgettable only because the other touring band was Upright Citizens from Germany. They kicked much ass and perfectly set the stage for D.O.A. who were touring to support the "Let's Wreck the Party" album.  If I remember correctly someone walked off with their huge banner at this show...

I didn't record this show, but bought a tape a few years after the fact. This is a board recording so there is very little audience interaction displayed but the crowd was very energetic and boisterous throughout the show.

Wreck Your Own Party Here

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Selecter First Ave Minneapolis Nov.4 1993

The Skavoovie 1993 tour hit Minneapolis on Nov. 4 at First Avenue.  On hand were The Skatellites, Special Beat (half of The Specials and half of The [English] Beat), and the band I was stoked to see, The Selecter.  I think The Toasters and Let's Go Bowling were also part of the package.

As usual I remember very little of this show. I recorded The Selecter and Special Beat and post them here for your enjoyment.

Get Selecterized Here

Monday, November 7, 2016

Blondie Minneapolis August 7 1982

For Christmas 1981 my dad said he would take me out for an evening of dinner and entertainment of my choice.  It was good for the entire year so I had time to wait for the right opportunity to cash in.

June of 1982 there was an ad in the paper for something called The Great Northern Picnic, an all-day festival  featuring Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Greg Kihn Band, some unknown band called Duran Duran, and local opener Sussman Lawrence.

Needless to say my pops didn't appreciate the show too much, and until his dying day he would say "I knew I was in trouble when I saw speakers as big as my garage."  But he was a trooper and saw how much fun I was having and vicariously suffered through the day.

As small of a world it is, I had to get a copy of this recording from someone in Japan...

 1. Rapture
2. In The Sun
3. Sunday Girl
4. Little Ceasar
5. Union City Blue
6. Chrome
7. Island of Lost Souls
8. Danceway
9. The Tide is High
10. Heart of Glass
11. Hangin' on the Telephone
12. Dreaming
13. One Way or Another
14. War Child
15. Start Me Up (Rolling Stones cover)
16. Call Me

Get your Tracks Accross Minneapolis here

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lee Ving's Army - First Ave February 27 1995

First off this recording sounds horrible! I tweaked it as much as I could and this is the best I could get it. The songs suck but the banter between is good enough, and classic Lee Ving.
This is from First Avenue in Minneapolis before Ving officially bought the rights to use the name FEAR so he was touring as Lee Ving's Army.  I had met him a few years earlier when FEAR played in the 7th Street Entry, and from that time on whenever his name would come up I would say "Oh, you mean my close personal friend Lee Ving".  Lo and behold, when Lee Ving's Army swung through town on the night of this recording, the back of their t-shirt said "I'm a close personal friend of Lee Ving".  I'm not saying I was the inspiration behind the message, but it seems way too accurate to just be coincidence.

1. Gimme Some Action
2. Pitchfork in My Brain
3. Bad Day
4. Their Mouth Don't Stop
5. Honor and Obey
6. Back Into Battle
7. Null Detector
8. Camarillo
9. USA
10. What's the Matter with Skinheads?
11. Hey
12. Fuck You Let's Rodeo
13. We Destroy the Family
14. Welcome to the Dust Ward
15. Have a Beer with FEAR
16. More Beer
17. Fresh Flesh
18. Waiting for the Meat
19. Beef Bologna
20. Foreign Police (cuts/tape flip)
21. New York's Alright if You Like Saxophones
22.I Don't Care About You
23. I Love Livin' in the City
24. Let's Have a War

Have a beer with FEAR here

Monday, October 17, 2016

Robyn Hitchcock Solo Acoustic Show

Robyn Hitchcock played a solo acoustic show at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis on July 24 1990. This is one of the first shows I tried recording and considering what I had to work with (Sony Soundabout and a KMart microphone) it didn't turn out too bad (after a lot of EQ).

I remember that everyone was sat down at tables, and the table behind us was filled with drunk frat boys who almost ruined the show. Thankfully the performance was good enough to overpower the frat boys' shenanigans and a good time was had.  Listening back I remember how difficult it was for him to keep his guitar in tune. Considering it was  the middle of summer in Minneapolis I assume the humidity level was through the roof and playing havoc with his guitar.

1. I'm in Love with a Beutiful Girl
2. Madonna of the Wasps
3. Clean Steve
4. Queen Elvis
5. The Devil's Coachman
6. Sleeping Nights of Jesus
7. Swirling
8. Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
9.I Used to Say I Love You
10. My Wife and My Dead Wife
11.Flesh #1
12. More Than This
13. Raymond Chandler Evening
14. Trying to Tune My Guitar
15. A Message to You
16. The Bones in the Ground
17. Watch the Cars
18. Went to See the Gypsy
19. Old Pervert

Listen to Robyn tune his guitar here

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Lunachicks - Uptown Bar Minneapolis Sept. 15 1993

I first got turned on to The Lunachicks when I saw them sandwiched between Pegboy and  The Dictators  at First Avenue. I had no idea who they were, I thought they were gonna be just another screamy neo Riot Grrrl band. But I wanted to see Pegboy so I figured I'd endure this Lunachick band and not think anything of it. I was pleasantly surprised, shocked even, when they came out and tore the roof off of the club. They kicked so much ass, in fact, that I left 5 songs into The Dictators set because the Lunachicks made them seem like the old men The Dictators were, and who were just playing a tour so Handsome Dick could make the balloon payment on his loft.

Flash forward a handful of months later and I see that The Lunachicks are playing at The Uptown Bar (RIP).  I got all antsy in the pantsy and was well looking forward to having my need for great rock and roll satiated.

As usual I remember nothing about the gig itself, but at least I have the recording to remember it by.

Enjoy, feel free to spread it around, just give me credit.

1. Get Off The Road
2. P.S. Hell
3. Plugg
4. Mom
5. Makin' It With Other Species
6. 11
7. Shit Finger Dick
8. 2 Bad 4 U
9. C.I.L.L.
10. Jan Brady
11. Light As A Feather
12. Apathetic
13. Down The Hatch (???)
14. Superstrong
15. More Than A Feeling
16. Feel Like Making Love
17. Cookie Monster

Binge and Purge your ear holes here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts First Avenue Minneapols July 26 1994

I remember nothing about this show. Joan was touring in support of the Pure and Simple album.
Recorded on a Sony Soundabout with a Radio Shack lavaliere mic pinned to the lapel of my leather jacket. The studs and spikes camouflaged the mic nicely.

Flac files here

1. Spinster
2. Cherry Bomb
3. Light of Day
4. Go Home
5. Eye to Eye
6. Backlash
7. Love is Pain
8. Torture
9. Do Ya Wanna Touch Me
10. Rubber & Glue
11. Consumed (cuts)
12. Little Liar
13. Now I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. I Love Rock 'n' Roll
15. Crimson & Clover
16. I Hate Myself For Loving You
17. Here to Stay
18. Bad Reputation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nashville Pussy Minneapolis 1997

 Early Nashville Pussy  was such a breath of fresh air when I first heard them. To my ear it was like AC/DC met Antiseen in the parking lot behind a David Allan Coe show.
I met the band and hung out with them at a party after a previous show and they were awesome, down-to-earth folks. (If Blaine or Ruyter read this it's me, Dead Boys Guy, in Minneapolis)

I bought all the singles and played the Hell out of them at top volume.  When they signed to local label Amphetamine Noise I was totally stoked.

When the album "Let Them Eat Pussy" finally came out after a plethora of delays I was a little disappointed. There were only a few new songs on it as they had recycled most of their 7" songs on this.  Regardless, the whole thing rocked and I played my copy at even louder volumes than the singles.

By the time the second album, High as Hell, came out I could already hear the transmutation into a bona fied Southern Rock band, more Molly Hatchet than Black Flag.

I still have the singles and the AmRep pressing of the LP and they are all cherished parts of my record collection and they will stay there forever.

As for this show, I don't really remember much of it. The photos on the left were taken by me at this show.  If I remember correctly this was the first time in Minneapolis with Jeremy on drums, and that's about it.

Enjoy the pix and the recording. As usual don't steal the photos and don't make money off of anything I post here, but feel free to share with those in the know.
Oh yeah, if anyone can ID the last 2 songs please let me know.
1. Snake Eyes
2. Five Minutes to Live
3. Go Motherfucker Go
4. Somebody Shoot Me
5. I'm a Man
6. All Fucked Up
7. Eat My Dust
8. Kicked in the Teeth
9. Texas Border
10. Guitar Solo
11. ???
12. ???

Get your southern fried fix here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kicking the boots in

I've slowly been going through an old box of live cassette recordings I made of various bands in the early 90's.  I'll start posting them as I get them uploaded.

To start off here's Kraftwerk from October 2015 at the Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis.  The quality isn't the best but after the first few songs it gets better.

This was my 4th time seeing Kraftwerk and it was the second-best (Chicago 1998 was the first and therefore best time I saw the band).

Recorded on a Zoom H2 set pointing up on the empty seat next to me.

1. Intro
2. Numbers
3. It's More Fun to Compute
4. Computer Love
5. Pocket Calculator
6. Metropolis
7. Man Machine
8. Space Lab
9. The Model
10. Neon Lights
11. Autobahn
12. Airwaves
13. Radio Activity
14. Electric Cafe
15. Tour de France
16. Trans Europe Express
17. The Robots
18. Aerodynamic
19. Planet of Visions
20. Music Non-Stop

The Machine Men Invade Minneapolis