The Draghounds- two cassettes from 1987 and 1988

8 Nov

The Draghounds roared out of Austin, Minnesota in the mid-1980s along with The Gear Daddies & The Third Eye. I have a friend named Chris who claims that The Draghounds were “like gods”, they played all kinds of wild musical events & parties in southern Minnesota, even at High School dances. They put out a 7″ single (culled from the 1988 tape- “Never Live Without” made it to vinyl), a double LP, some CDs and A TON of cassettes. Bassist Davin Odegaard eventually joined the Rank Strangers; singer/guitarist Mike Nicolai has put out a grip of solo releases, and spends his time in the other Austin, you know, the one in Texas. Thanks to Mike for granting me permission to post some oh his earliest recordings here, all three are from the 1988 tape. Included here is a tiny letter that Mike wrote to Ed Ackerson & I when he submitted the tape- it is written on the back of a matchbook cover.

Here’s another Draghounds cassette I found

Never Live Without

Naked Transit


6 Responses to “The Draghounds- two cassettes from 1987 and 1988”

  1. houseoftrash November 30, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Post Velvet Hand

    • gojohnnygojohnny November 30, 2010 at 7:40 am #

      I’m awaiting author’s approval.

      • sean miland February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

        “The Draghounds were “like gods”, they played all kinds of wild musical events & parties in southern Minnesota, even at High School dances”——————————————————————-
        True so true! They must of had some kind of “in” with city government? They played our downtown main St plaza near the fountain-they played the OAkpark MAll center pavillion! Brien Lilja the drummer had to muffle his drums so much for our local HS gym school dance that his drums sounded like loud cardboard explosions. Mike was very mature musically by 9th grade…most of were still happy to thrash mindlessly on instruments in 9th/10th grade while he was writing songs with meaning. Long Live Bates Motel!

  2. lawrence o April 16, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    One of my favorite shows of all times was The Draghounds at a bowling alley in Sioux Falls SD. Playing with no PA system and running all mics through Mike’s amp, they still blew the doors off the place. The guitar solo on Save Your Gold is still one of my favorite guitar solos of all time. Time to pull out my copy of Angel Boots!

    • Tim Chapman March 30, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      I’ve got a copy of a tape labeled “mel is a deadbeat” hanging around here somewhere. Circa 1986 Draghounds. I remember trying to convince Mike to sign an a cappella version of “climb every mountain” for a new year’s show in 1987, but sadly I was not successful.

  3. Pat Kallemeyn June 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Loved the Draghounds. Great rock well written songs and super nice guys. They deserved more recognition than they got

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