Zip Caplan, lead guitarist and leader of legendary garage psychedelic monsters The Litter, is an affable guy who shows up at just about every Minnesota Record Show. He grew up in St Paul like me, so I recently posed a question to him that I’ve always wanted answered: there are lots of great sixties bands from Minnesota, but which of them were from St Paul specifically? For the price of a lunchtime hot dog, Zip wrote down a list of bands in pen for me, off the top of his head. Thanx Zip for satisfying my curiosity. (ed. note: One of the guys in The Deacons added Sir Lawrence and The Crescents to the list.)
The Rhythm Kings
Tim & The Galaxies
Keith Zeller and The Starliners
Jim was part of the crew from Harding High School who had a staggeringly huge impact on me. The half-dozen Class of ’78-ers that became musicians and introduced punk rock to the East Side of St Paul are the ones who blew up my musical ground zero. Jimmy played bass for The Reactors and Willful Neglect- legendary East Side bands.
Here are three songs Jim gave to me on two different cassettes when he heard that I was playing psychedelic music on Fresh Air Radio KFAI 90.3 FM in the early 1990s. Jimmy liked Jimi Hendrix, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Steve Vai a bunch back then. I played these on the radio; “Green Echo Dream” was played dozens of times. It sounds like (Willful Neglect singer) Wade “Calhoon” Johnson is singing on these tracks. Jim has since become a really good blues guitarist.
Thanks to Jim for giving me the go-ahead to put these here.
Green Echo Dream
BONUS TRACK: Jimmy gave me this for my birthday today, 11-5-12, GREAT NEW STUFF.
Jimmy was the kid from the ‘hood that would pull out a handgun and start randomly shooting into space, anytime he damn well felt like it. The most ‘Detroit’ of us all back then- a bad ass. This song makes even more sense knowing all that. Here’s to you, Jim!
The Red Headed Step Child
MORE BONUS: May 8 2013, sounds like Ron Asheton is back from the dead!
This cassette definitely has a West Coast- San Francisco guitar-workout vibe going on here, some nice violin and flute is thrown in too. The Dead Dave band performed and recorded during the late 1980s & 1990s. Paul Carlbom, guitarist of The Dead Dave band, claims they were “like Jethro Tull- we’d change the band’s name from time to time”. Their fantastic lead guitarist Dave has since passed on- hence the name here. Members were from Hopkins (Dave), St Louis Park (Paul), and even from Western Wisconsin. I have no song titles to post here- hopefully we can identify the songs with names. Thanks to Stuart Held for providing the tape, and to Paul for the green light to post these songs.
GJG is certainly the best place to buy a ton of records. We have 470,000 of them, and have been selling 'em for 29 years. GJG is also a blog: I like lo-fi analog sound (cassettes and vinyl, please) and lo-rez/highly-pixelated/blurry photographs of (mainly) Minnesota music and its related ephemera.
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