The Suicide Commandos

The Suicide Commandos


In 1974 Chris Osgood (the godfather of the Minneapolis music scene), Dave Ahl, and Steve Almaas formed The Suicide Commandos. They released two singles on PS Records (which preceded Twin/Tone Records.) The Commandos were one of the pioneer US bands touring the country, having to book themselves by convincing club owners in every city that their kind of music would draw people. Their first album ("The Suicide Commandos Make A Record") on the short lived Mercury Records label "Blank" was released in 1977. The rock video pioneer Chuck Statler made a film of "Burn It Down" (see below), which featured the burning of the house the band had used for rehearsing for years. They recorded a couple of songs for Twin/Tone's "Big Hits of Mid-America Volume III" and released a live recording of their last shows at the infamous Minneapolis' Longhorn Bar. Twin/Tone released "The Suicide Commandos Commit Suicide Dance Concert" as it's first full length LP in April of 1979 (the double album "Big Hits" came out two weeks later). The album was pressed in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies and to this day is of the most sought after titles to collectors.

Move ahead 37 years and the band has delivered a new album entitled Time Bomb. (Release date: May 5th, 2017) Time Bomb has many of the hallmarks of the band's original oeuvre, their fast, punky, brainy, fun and often funny rock n' roll sound - The Ramones meet Eddie Cochran meets ZZ Top - but adds a catchy, pop-ish slant and a modern production flare that brings a freshness to the entire proceedings. The first vinyl pressing will be a limited, numbered edition of 1,000 copies. Pre-orders for Vinyl and custom burned CDs are being taken now - see below.

Time Bomb was produced by the Commandos, primarily recorded in their hometown at Master Mix Studios by Kevin Bowe (Jonny Lang, Paul Westerberg, Dan Wilson) and mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let's Active, The dBs) at Fidelitorium Recordings in North Carolina. Though there had been reunion shows over the years, the band hadn't felt compelled to record again.Why Now? you may ask. Guitarist Chris Osgood tells us, "After Tommy Erdelyi died, Steve pointed out that The Ramones were all gone and we were all still here, and that we should make a record." The group's New York City-based bass player, Steve Almaas, adds "The time was right. I had a couple of songs I thought would sound good with Chris and Dave. Once they started coming up with material, it inspired me to write a few more. Also, in this modern age, it's much easier to work long distance. That really helped make this possible."


Steve Almaas - Dave Ahl - Chris Osgood




project mini The Commandos Commit Suicide Dance Concert
released: 1979 (first LP released by Twin/Tone)
Twin/Tone Records - TTR 7906
(live - vinyl - limited 1,000 pressing))


"Burn It Down" (1977)

YouTube - the 2004 film transfer of the 1977 video by Chuck Statler


"Complicated Fun" (1979)

YouTube - made in 2017 - a slide show of photos from 1978-1979 to the song "Complicated Fun" (from Big Hits of Mid-America Vol 3)


"Boogie's Coldest Acre" (2017)

YouTube - video teaser for the album Time Bomb (release date: May 5, 2017)


project mini Time Bomb (click to pre-order)
release: May 5, 2017
Twin/Tone Records - TTR 89403
(vinyl - limited 1,000 pressing plus digital downloads and streaming)


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