This week the Minnesota Hardcore web series is taking a holiday break. We present this story about what hardcore was like back in the day, from Paddy Mulloy, lead singer of Skull F*** and Iron Fist.

 

Come back next week for Episode 5: The Culture of Hardcore to learn all about the basement shows, fanzines and people who created the scene.

In the meantime, here’s Paddy Mulloy and his cat, Romeo.

A List of Twin Cities Hardcore, Punk, New Wave & Alternative Bands

Paddy Mulloy and Noel Morgan were in hardcore bands in Minneapolis in the early 1980s. Skull F***, Iron Fist, Final Conflict – these are all long-gone bands. A few years back, a message board was started by a bunch of Minnesota punks. We asked all message board users to list a local band that was punk, new wave or close enough to the genre to be considered. By no means an exhaustive list, here’s what we’ve collected so far.

1 thru 9 + 0
12 Angry Men
2i
504
600
800th Lifetime
900 lbs
A
Adipose Fin
Agent Orange (No, not the one from California.)
Alcoholic Tendencies
Amish Armada
Angel Citizen
Ankle Chop
Answers, The
B
Babel 17
Babes In Toyland
Baby Astronauts
Bad Trip
Banana Convention, A
Bastards, The
Bathe-O-Scope
Beat Merchant
Ben Day Dots
Bermuda Onion
Better Off Airport
Big Hair
Big Trouble House
Black Spot
Blazed of Glory, A
Blind Approach
Blind Shake, The
Blissful Discharge
Blu Hippos (original – HC)
Blue Hippos
Blue Up
Borrowed Time
Boy Elroy
Boys Boys
Boy’s Life
Breaking Circus
Brick Layer Cake
Bring Home the Lobsters
Bronx Zoo
Brunettes
Burkes, The
Bwanna Devil
C
Cal
Chapter 23
Charlie don’t surf
Church Picnic
Chuck Wow
Civil Defense (formerly Propaganda)
Clams, The
Claymores, The
Commandos, The
Concerned Citizens
Corrected Ready Made
Cows
Creepin’ Foreheads
Curtiss A
D
DFC
Dads, The
Dark Carnival
Deformo
Destroy
Device, The
Dig, The
Dillinger 4
Dragnet
Duck Kicking Vultures
Dumpster Juice
E
E. Brown
Ed Gein Fan Club
Employees Only
Exploding head trick
Expressionless Agony
F
Fab’s Invisible College
Fatal Myth
Figures (Steve Fjelstad replaced by Scotty of Black Spot, Superball 63, Gnomes of Zurich (formerly Janitor Joe))
Filthy Alliance
Final Conflict
Fine Art
Flamingo (Flaming Ohs)
Flower Industry of Pompeii, The
Fork
Form, The
Four out of Five Doctors
Fridleys, The
Friends of the Maid
Fucking Frogi’s Army
Fucking Shit Bisquits
Full Blast
Funseekers, The
G
Good Joe
Gotterdammerung
Green Horns, The
Grey Area
Ground Zero
Guzzard
H
Halo of Flies
Hammerhead
Hamsters, The
Hearsemen, The
Heathen
Hellbillies
Hüsker Dü
Hypstrz, The
I
Idol Threat
Impaler
Inclusions, The
Indecision
Industrial Park
Insoc (Information Society)
Irenic Regime
Iron Fist
Iron Youth
The Isopropyl Cheese Piston
J
Jerry’s Kids
Jefferson’s Cock
Johnny Bondage and the Hostages
Jonestown
Judgement of Paris
K
Kindergarten (Kindergar10)
Kitten Forever
Knicks
L
L73
Language Club
Laughingstock
Let Downs, The
Libido Boyz
Limited Warranty….
Lindburghs Baby
Littleblindlemonhood
Loud Fast Rules
Loyal Subjects
M
M&M Stigmata
Maggots, The
Magnolias
Man Sized Action
Mass Corruption
Mickey Finn
Mighty Mighty Mofo’s, The
Million Megaton Explosion, The
Milk
Minneapple Explosion, The
Misery
MOR’s
Mommy Log Balls
Monosodium Glutamate
Motorhome
Mr. Slate
Mubble Bugs, The
Muellerhead
Mutato (ex-LS and ex-Babes)
N
Nautica
Neglectors, The
NeoMort
New Egypt
New Psychonauts, The
NNB
No Dicks
No Exit
No Social Skills
Noble Mice
Noise Fatigue
North Equater Nine
Nova Mob
O
One Hundred pounds of Clay Singers
Otto’s chemical lounge
Outcry
Outpatients, the
Overtones
P
Panic, The
Pax Americana
Pepto Krupp
Phones, the
Planets
Playground Justice
Playhouse
Pocket Snakes, The
Pork
Powermad
Process Blue
Pseudonymphs
Q
Quincy Punx
R

Radio For Teens
Ratrut
Red House
Red Letter Day
Red Meat
Rehearsemen
Rems
Replacements
Rhea Valentine
Rifle Sport
Roy G Biv
Run Westy Run
S
Sacred Version, The
Safety Last
Santacroce, Lou
Santa’s Lap (ex-Laughing Stock)
Sarcastatones, The
Sci-Fi Western
Selby Tigers
Sentimentals, The
Serious Music
Shaved Pussies
Shitz, The
Situation, The
Skamets, The
Skelter Helter
Skull Fuck
Slime Clowns, The
Smut
Solar Knights
Soviettes, The
Spectors
Speedweiner
Spyder Bite
Stagger Lee
Static Taxi
Steak Face
Suburbs, The
Suicide Commandos, The
Sven and the Pack
Sweaties, The
Swill Mongrel
Swinging Teens
T
Tangent
Technique Niquee
Teenage Boat People
Test Monkey
Tetrox and the Soilmasters
Tetes Noires
Texaspurs
Thalidomide Kids, The
That Darn Cat
Things That Fall Down
Three faces turned
Tilt-A-Whirl
Timbuktu
Ting Kong
Todlachen
Tulsa Jacks
Tusslers, The
Tucumcari Rattlers
TVBC
U
Unhappy Fish
Urban Guerillas
Urban Landscape
V
Velvet Elvis
Vendettas
Vertigo
Vista Cruisers, The
W
Wallets
Warheads
Whole Lotta Loves
Why Do You Think They Call it Dope
Willfull Neglect
Wilma and the Wilburs
Wood Goons
X
Xmo 6 Desmo
X-offs (ex-Hypstrz)
Y
Yonomama
Young Cherries, The
Your Children

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This story is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

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While you’re waiting for Episode 5 of Minnesota Hardcore, check out the first four installments:

Episode 1: Backstory

Episode 2: The Fastest Band in the World

Episode 3:Local Bands

Episode 4: Goofy’s Upper Deck