Twin Cities ROCKS! …to Stop Child Abuse!

Close up on the back cover, looks like a Motown style map on the label

Close up on the back cover, looks like a Motown style map on the label


Last month on Record Store Day Alex was thumbing through the vynil section at Electric Fetus. And suddenly a time capsule masquerading as a record album jumped out of the karmic jungle and landed in his hands.

It’s a time capsule documenting the sound of the local band scene circa 1979-1980. Not every popular genre is represented.

It obviously lacks Punk and Metal which were huge at the time.  It does give us a nice snapshot in time showing diverging trends.

One hears influences of Twin Cities Funk Scene, as well as the North Atlantic New Wave scene. You’d swear some of these bands sound like the Cars, or some out take from a band you are sure you’ve heard before. But you probably haven’t. Most of the tracks are good to great effort. We are going to share what we thought were the 4 best efforts.

1) “Love Comes When You Least Expect It” – The Mary Jane Aim Band
2) “Newspaper Astrology” – Cortez
3) “Modern Saint” – Sussman Lawrence
4) “Shake it Up” – Crash Street Kids

Twin Cities Rocks was a Various Artists charity compilation released in 1980. Stereo 101 FM Radio in Minneapolis/St Paul spearheaded the effort to create it. Proceeds from the album went to fight child abuse.

Bands include CHAMELEON, THE FLAMIN OHS, DALE FORCE, THE MARY JANE ALM BAND, CORTEZ, SUSSMAN LAWRENCE, CRASH STREET KIDS, WHISKEY RIVER, THE PHONES, THE METRO ALL STARS, JESSE BRADY, and CROW. Included a “Stereo 101” vinyl bumper sticker.

We suspect that the recordings were done by radio station and its employees in 1979. Minnesota corporations have had a history of doing projects like this to demonstrate good corporate citizenship.

According to the jacket notes, proceeds were donated to the Minnesota Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. An organization by that name does not appear to exist in 2012, but in the spirit of this charity album project, we ask that you give generously to the cause to stop and prevent child abuse.  We are showcasing these two organizations, but there are many more to choose from. Please help them out with a donation if you can. Honor the efforts of the bands and recording engineers that were put into the Twin Cities Rocks project.

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc, RIP

Mel Blanc on NBC Radio


Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blanc was an American voice actor and comedian and one of the most influential people in the voice-acting industry. At the time of his death, it was estimated that 20 million people heard his voice every day.

Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. during the “Golden Age of American animation” as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil, and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes cartoons.

He later worked for Hanna-Barbera’s television cartoons, most notably as the voice of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely in The Jetsons. Having earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices,”

Presented here is an episode of the Mel Blanc Show, as aired on May 27 1947, just three days before his birthday. In this episode we meet a new character, The French Interior Designer who sounds a lot like Pepe Le’Pew. Also we hear characters that sound much like Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny. Often Mel voices two or more sides of the conversation and with perfect timing. The actual story line is of no consequence. It’s fun just listening to Mel voice his lines.

These programs were performed live using primitive technology by today’s standards. Somehow these old radio shows still hold up in the age of Audio/Video on demand.

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