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Never Found in the '80s - Urban Guerrillas



Much like yesterday's Never Found artist The Mighty Mofos, Urban Guerrillas were very much a Minneapolis phenomenon. They never generated much national attention, but did open for such big time acts as U2 and Cyndi Lauper. Also much like The Mofos, Urban Guerrillas were a lot of fun to see perform live.

Urban Guerrillas was a personal favorite of mine to watch. I saw them several times. On one occasion the drummer got mad enough to quit the band and walk off stage during their show. I don't think his quitting lasted long. I've heard of a show they did once in the 7th Street Entry in which they laid sod on the dancefloor so everyone watching could dance barefoot in the grass. I wasn't at that show.

I'm not sure if I was at the show in the main room from which today's live performance comes, but it is one of my favorite of their songs. The song is Freeway Picnic Party and just look at all the 80s dancin' going on! The performance is circa 1986.

Urban Guerrillas broke up in 1987 and the members just sort of disappeared.

Now, please indulge me as I state a few phrases: "This one is for Ronald Reagan and his running mate in 1984: Ronald McDonald." "This is Craig; he sleeps on our couch." "Four o'clock. Stop the bus. Get out on the street and jam."

Urban Guerrillas fans will understand.

- Jim ‘Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:45am]


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