My relationship with Ed Ackerson allowed me the necessary motivation fuel to REALLY get into music as an occupation/full-time obsession. Ed was the first person who impressed me on how much could be done with some simple recording equipment, in his case, a Fostex 4-track cassette machine. With that machine he created first demo tapes for an underground scene of new bands in Minneapolis (The Blue Up, The Magnolias, The Funseekers, etc). Ed gave me more cassette demos than anyone else. He has enough demos of his own songs to create an individual demo-blog-website showcasing just his cassette collection. Until he does, here are a couple of tracks from THE DIG recorded around the time he & I were scheming up the Susstones label & a recording studio- the summer of 1984. At that time, The Dig WAS Ed Eckerson, the lineup that put out the two 7″ singles & eventually the compilation CD (all released on Susstones, natch) was to come the next year. These two tracks are charming & a bit whimsical compared to the serious & tough attitude that The Dig evolved into, but they still have some punky flair. I had lunch with Ed yesterday, he is doing great & keeping busy as always; thanks to him for allowing me to put up “a couple of songs”.