BEST JUKEBOX Minneapolis 1999 -
It should make sense that the club that served as the spiritual focal point for Minneapolis's rock 'n' roll heyday should have a jukebox whose selection list reads like an aural history of the city's sound and sensibility. Choosing from predictable landmarks like Hüsker Dü's Warehouse Songs and Stories and the Replacements' Let It Be and punk classics from the Clash and Meat Puppets, the smart programmer can make an everyday Saturday night feel like 1986. Of course, throw on semi-ironic nonrock oldies like Patsy Cline and the mood can change from heady bombast to mild kitsch--the perfect metaphor for the aging clientele and the state of the rock scene they continue to uphold. Basically, there's no better place to relive the last 20 years of local punk history--for better or worse--than here.