As a tribute to the seminal local punk rock band the Suicide Commandos, newly re-elected mayor RT Rybak is declaring this Saturday, November 7, "Suicide Commandos Day." The band will re-emerge to play three separate shows on Saturday: a pair of "10 and under" shows at the Walker Art Center during the day (one at 11 a.m. and one at 1 p.m.), and a late-night gig at the Dakota Jazz Club that begins at 11 p.m.
Though the band was most active in the late '70s, all three members are still involved in music to this day: Chris Osgood is Vice President of Organizational Development at McNally Smith College of Music; drummer Dave Ahl builds recording studios in the area; and bassist Steve Almaas is an active musician and music teacher in New York.
Perhaps the best part of the press release we received about "Suicide Commandos Day" was the proclamation that was submitted to the mayor's office, which includes a tenet written by Twin/Tone Records founder Peter Jesperson:
Whereas The Suicide Commandos put the Minneapolis Music scene on the map; andHow will you celebrate your Suicide Commandos Day?
Whereas The Suicide Commandos carved a path where there was none before. Many of the Minneapolis bands that went onto big success may not have done so without the Commandos having done so; and...
Whereas The Suicide Commandos are THE Granddaddy's of the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene that later bred The Suburbs, Husker Du, The Replacements, Soul Asylum and The Jayhawks.