BEST JUKEBOX - 2004
The jukebox at the Turf Club is one of the most underutilized musical treasures in the Twin Cities. There's a simple, obvious reason for this: Most people go to the Turf Club to hear live music. Consequently, the jukebox stays dormant during the bar's busiest hours. The old skells and pool players who populate the Turf in the pre-dusk hours aren't really ones to toss away dollar bills to hear some Thin Lizzy. Like the other first-rate jukeboxes in town (C.C. Club, Grumpy's, Triple Rock Social Club) the Turf's musical selection mixes classic tunes heard in watering holes the world over with lots of exceptional local bands. That means you can drag your heart through the gutter with Tom Waits and his "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis," and then head "Down to the Subterranean" with the Rank Strangers. Ol' Yeller, Warren Zevon, the Replacements, and Willie Nelson are all represented, along with the finest collection of Neil Young discs you'll find in town. Don't get us wrong: We're certainly not encouraging the Turf Club to cut back on live music. We simply believe that you should save your quarters and start boozing there in the afternoon.