Water All Around

"Water all around...never learn how to swim now." This site is devoted to great alternative music. Like "Swingin' Party" by the Replacements from which the aforementioned lyrics hail. These posts are intended to introduce visitors to bands that I believe deserve greater attention. If you wish to have an MP3 removed, email me at zotzedwriter@yahoo.com.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Gear Daddies

If you asked people about Minnesota when I was growing up in the 70s, most would have described it as a place of sub-zero temps and knee-deep snow. I can’t imagine anyone responding with: “Minnesota? Oh, that’s that hotbed of independent rock.” But during the 80s and early 90s, this is exactly what Minnesota became. The state known for snow was suddenly knee-deep in great – and greatly influential – bands. Husker Du, the Replacements, Soul Asylum – even Prince and his funk-rock legion hailed from the state.

While most everyone knows about the aforementioned bands, much fewer are aware of another great Minnesota group: the Gear Daddies. The Daddies’ lifespan was short and their output small – just three albums between 1988 and 1992 – but they produced some really good, really heartfelt, country-infused rock (which now stands as one of the earlier and more rocking examples of what would come to be known as alt-country). The 1990 disc Billy’s Live Bait is certainly the band’s high point. Here are three tunes from it (well, four actually, as “One Voice” features a goofy, don’t-miss bonus ditty at the end).

[MP3] Gear Daddies – Don’t Look at Me
[MP3] Gear Daddies – Time Heals
[MP3] Gear Daddies – One Voice

Buy Billy’s Live Bait