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Never Found in the '80s: Man Sized Action

Published Dec. 14, 2014

Please forgive this total drop into self indulgence. This Never Found artist really was a local phenomenon, but for punk fans in Minneapolis in our favorite decade, Man Sized Action was a band well worth seeing. Their swirling guitars and driving beat made this an excellent band to get in some sweaty slam dancing in the confines of the 7th Street Entry.

Man Sized Action released only two albums on the independent label Reflex Records. Both albums, Claustrophobia (1983) and Five Story Garage (1984), are available in full on YouTube. The two albums give you 18 songs of some good ol' Minneapolis do-it-yourself punk rock. And the album Claustrophobia was produced by Bob Mould of the legendary St. Paul punk band Husker Du and its cover was design by fellow member of the Huskers Grant Hart.

Of course, there are no videos for any of their songs, but there is a YouTube clip for their song 'Self Respect' that offers a picture of the band from back in the day.

There isn't really much else I can tell you about this band other than they were a whole lot of fun to see in concert. They never signed to a bigger label or made much of a splash outside the Twin Cities, so I thank you for indulging me.

The live concert footage I could find isn't from the '80s. It's from a show they did in 2013 in Minneapolis. They are a bit older, but still pretty punk. The song is called Replica. Listen for the lyrics pulled from Roy Batty's final speech in the film Blade Runner.

- Jim 'Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons