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THE PINS- Here’s a place to pin stuff up. GoJohnnyGo FEATURE #5

12 Feb

A-1070223-1429405036-3673.jpegConsidering Minnesota’s reputation for housing a well-studied stock of inhabitants with a large college scene seconded only to Boston, it would follow that The Twin Towns should have a prodigious and well known art-rock scene. It doesn’t.

Enter THE PINS. I truly love The Pins’ music, and I consider them the most underrated band ever from Minnesota. The Pins were often mesmerizing, completely captivating, and constantly interesting.

I first heard about The Pins from Minnesota music guru Tom Berglund. The band’s name was simple, utilitarian, ambiguous, and evocative. Tom’s friend Jim Boulware played bass, and worked at Roadrunner Records, a great retail record store in South Minneapolis.



Add Beth Van Dam– their statuesque Rock Star drummer.



Plus Rich Barlow– British, but he spent time growing up in an apartment complex where I delivered newspapers in my early teens, close to 3M Headquarters–a guitarist extrordinaire.



Throw in Steve Shaskan– man of mystery and artistic giant on keyboards.



SO MANY GREAT RECORDS, SONGS, PERFORMANCES! ‘Eleanor’, “Gray Rainbow”, in-store appearances, film soundtracks, taking the cake at Heliotrope, Minnesota’s annual experimental music event. So many unreleased & mostly-unheard recording sessions…


Discogs page


THE STONE FACES- the elusive photos & tapes East Side of St Paul hard rock pioneers.

12 Feb

Not too often do I uncover some mid-1970s Footstompin’ Music like this. Thanks to guitarist Gary Narducci, a REAL East Side Italian, for saving this stuff and allowing me to present it to you. The Stone Faces liked to play the East Side and the St. Croix Valley, with lots of stops at The Lamb’s Club on East 7th, The 9R Ranch in Wisconsin, & The RollingStone on Cottage Grove. Covers AND originals were the order of the day. The originals remind me of The James Gang or Blue Oyster Cult. ENJOY!

Original Song (BOC)

Singing Was Easy

You’re Gonna Lose

Lamb’s Club commercial

Tomorrow’s Gonna Be a Better Day

What’s Going On




Hollyhock Ballroom redux: a few added notes

11 Feb

There would be no inspiration for GoJohnnyGo’s blog if it wasn’t for Tom Tourville’s seemingly endless work ethic in digging up rock roots around the Northern Plains and beyond. Hard to believe that it’s now been 36 years since Tom’s first book appeared- a discography of Minnesota early Rock and Roll 45s & LPs called ‘Minnesota Rocked!’. Hats off to him! The second edition of Tom’s Hollyhock Ballroom book is available here: or amazon.


Mike Barkley grew up dancing and sneaking into the Hollyhock in Hatfield, Minnesota- 160 miles from Minneapolis. Mike has been collecting clippings about his old haunt himself, and that’s what I’ve included here. Most will be found documented in Tom’s book, but Mike has a few goodies not seen elsewhere but here. Thanks, Mike!


Stu Bridge’s gig flyer & poster collection

7 Jan

Almost all from Minneapolis, there’s one from Detroit and one from New Orleans. Thanx, Stu!BlogPosterABCBlogPosterBenDayDotsBlogPosterCharlieBurtonBlogPosterCurtissAReplacementsBlogPosterEnglishBeatBlogPosterFingerprintsBlogPosterFirstAveCalendar1980BlogPosterFridleysBlogPosterHuskerDuAmusementStatuesBlogPosterHuskerDuJan10BlogPosterHuskerDuMay14BlogPosterHuskerDuMDCBlogPosterHuskerDuSept910BlogPosterInsiderMagCoverNNBBlogPosterJohnCaleBlogPosterJonnyIIIBlogPosterM80partyBlogPosterM80pinkBlogPosterOvertonesBlogPosterOvertonesVictimsBlogPosterRaybeatsBlogPosterRaybeatsBeatExchangeBlogPosterReplacementsDadsBlogPosterSuburbsPhones

Duck Kicking Vulture ‎ ‘Ghosts of Dead Mice’ cassette album

19 Nov





Gregory Dee & The Avanties ‘All the 45s and More’ CD

22 Oct




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