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Album Review

Courtesy erupts like a roots-rock fireball, with Curtiss A's throaty, thick voice wailing away like a man possessed. The band is a good one, and Slim Dunlap's guitar bobs and weaves, spitting out one great rockabilly lick after another. Most of the songs have a comic panache to them, and they're delivered with an infectious energy that never flags. Not a major record, but a pretty swell minor one by a once-hot regional talent.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Curtiss A (aka Curt Almsted) has been a fixture in Minneapolis rock since 1978, when he recorded with his punk-ish combo the Spooks. Never really a punk rocker in the traditional sense, Almsted was more of a roots rock wiseguy more influenced by John Lennon than John Lydon. In the late '70s and early '80s, he was a big part of the burgeoning pre-Replacements/Hüsker Dü Minneapolis rock scene which, at the time, included the Suburbs, Suicide Commandos, Flamin' Ohs, and Hypstryz. He recorded a great...
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