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21+ | Clown Lounge (Turf Club basement)

The Suicide Commandos


Friday, May 5, 2017

7:00 pm


This is a free, open to the public listening party for The Suicide Commandos new record, Time Bomb. They will be spinning their new record, along with selling and signing copies of it.


The year was 1975 and on the pre–disco music scene in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, cover bands ruled. Outside of a handful of bars and campus coffeehouses that comprised the local folk/blues scene, working musicians had little choice: If you wanted a paying gig, you had to play other people’s hit songs. But when the Suicide Commandos played their first gig in September 1975 at the Blitz Bar in downtown Minneapolis, they changed everything.

Here, suddenly, was a real “alternative rock” –a stripped–down three–piece comprised of guitarist Chris Osgood, bassist Steve Almaas, and drummer Dave Ahl (all of whom sang), whose sets combined original songs with rarely–heard pre–punk nuggets. And every tune was delivered with the raw energy that once had fueled the fabled Twin Cities garage–rock scene of the 1960s, when bands like the Litter, the Underbeats, and the Trashmen ruled the roost.

From these humble beginnings grew one of the most fertile and productive scenes of the American indie/alternative rock explosion of the 1980s and ‘90s. The Suicide Commandos’ pioneer­ing efforts paved the way for the Suburbs, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland, and so many more.

Forty–two years after that crucial first gig, the Suicide Commandos have released a new album, Time Bomb – only the second full–length studio set in their long history, following on Suicide Commandos Make A Record (Blank/Mercury, 1978). Time Bomb welds together all of the trio’s primal influences with catchy–as–hell new songs, contemporary studio sonics, and a level of performing energy that’s fairly astonishing for three guys who, post–Commandos, continued to play music as solo artists, in duos, and/or with other bands. The passing decades have made the Commandos into better players and sharper songwriters, each man contributing his distinc­tive style and sensibility to the thirteen original compositions that comprise Time Bomb.