They were a great band that wore suits and scarves and looked kinda like the Twin Cities version of Squeeze, but their music speaks for itself. The only thing you never get off of studio recordings is what the band was ACTUALLY LIKE, I mean, as in LIVE IN CONCERT. And that folks, I really can't describe other than to say that they were much better showmen than The Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, The Mighty Mofos, and (barf) Trip Shakespeare (barf again, double, triple barf, one of those barfs when you start to wonder if you'll ever stop barfing).
Some videos of recent reunion gigs at First Avenue look and sound okay, but without the LATE GREAT BRUCE G. ALLEN, the lead guitarist and thus the cornerstone of their sound, as well as the designer of their very cool logo who died in December '09, pour moi it may be hard to watch 'em. Saw 'em for the first time at Merlyn's, and another memorable performance was at Halloween on State Street. Very cool band, excellent musicians/songwriters/perfomers, and fun/funny guys to hang out with to boot.