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Never Found in the '80s - Tetes Noires



It's another week of live performances of Never Found musical artists from our favorite decade. This week the focus will be on Minneapolis' legendary nightclub First Avenue & 7th Street Entry. There was plenty going on in the Minneapolis music scene of the '80s and First Avenue was at the center of it all. Not just a showcase for the far too soon departed Prince, First Avenue & 7th Street Entry was the venue to play for up and coming artists: local, national, and international.

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry is two live music venues in one: The main room (First Avenue) has a capacity of about 1,500, while the smaller venue (7th Street Entry) can hold about 250. This week I will focus on five local musical artists who never found their way onto the Top 40 playlists in the 80s, but they did find their way onto one of those stages.

First up is Minneapolis' first all-female band Tetes Noires. The band name is French for black heads, which refers to the six members' hair color, not their skin condition. The band was originally formed by former Miss South Dakota, Jennifer Holt, for a one-time performance. That performance convinced them to make a real go of it and they went on to record three albums in the 80s.

Today's song is the title track from their second album The American Dream (1984). The song, performed in the main room in 1985, is a great example of their vocal harmonies and satirical wit. But please don't be offended by their teasing of the Purple One as they banter their way into the song.

The band performed through 1987 and then the individual members went on to various other endeavors. In 2005, guitarist Polly Alexander died from a heart condition. In 2013, the remaining band members gathered together in Minneapolis to host a listening party for the newly remixed version of their second album. The remix, done by the band's keyboardist Angela Frucci, was titled The New American Dream.

- Jim ‘Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons




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