Never Found in the 80s - The Wallets
Today's Never Found live performance by a Minneapolis band at the legendary nightclub First Avenue & 7th Street Entry (sounds like an award) features the avant-garde band The Wallets. Led by artist/accordion player Steve Kramer, The Wallets have been described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a "mix of polka, rock, rhythm-and-blues, jazz and whimsy" and that is pretty apt.
The Wallets recorded three albums in the 80s on the Minneapolis record label Twin-Tone. And they did get some attention for their single Totally Nude. Still they never made their way onto the Pop charts.
This live performance in First Avenue's main room is from 1987 and is the very catchy: (I Wanna Go To) Hollywood.
The band performed its last show in January 1989 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Later, Kramer and band manager Bob Hest formed an ad agency with such clients as Target, MTV, and Time Warner.
Sadly, Kramer died in January 2013. He was 59 years-old.
- Jim ‘Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons