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Album Review

The wonderful first and only studio release of the Suicide Commandos has recently been reissued by Mercury, and what a wise decision that was. After all this time, it still sounds as aggressive and fun-filled (e.g., "Mosquito Crucifixion") as it did nearly two decades ago. Ahl and Almaas keep pace just fine, but it's Osgood's guitar that really kicks things into high gear. I haven't a clue who gave the green light to this reissue (the last time I spoke to Osgood, he told me the band didn't own the masters), but to have a piece of arcane regional punk rock like this available again is great news.

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Classic Minneapolis record!

What can one really say about the Suicide Commandos? One can talk about the widespread influence they had on Minneapolis rock, from the Replacements to Husker Du to Soul Asylum to The Magnolias...and SO MANY other bands. When punk hit, Minneapolis had the Commandos to represent their city. But the thing about the Commandos was that they had been making their music since 1975, a couple of years before punk really broke. And their self-released singles basically defined the DiY attitude that punk later adopted. So not only were the Commandos highly influential among their own scene, they were ahead of their time as well. The most important thing, however, is that they recorded this album which is nothing but pure fun. Like the Ramones first album, Make A Record is an album that never gets old or ages. And it something that never fails to ones toes tapping or head nodding along to the beat. Buy this album and play it loud!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s

Before Prince, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, and the Replacements dominated and defined the Minneapolis rock scene of the '80s, three guys, Chris Osgood, Steve Almaas, and Dave Ahl, had a swinging little punk rock combo called the Suicide Commandos. They made only two records, one of them a live one, but they were one of, if not the first and most influential, honest-to-god faster 'n' louder punk rock band to come out of the Twin Cities. Along with giving the Minneapolis punk scene a jump-start, the Commandos,...
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