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Best of Setting the record straight
August 30, 2014: My name is Bob Ivers and I was there! The year was 1972. The ex-Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc. were wiping their feet on everyone's back. Alternative and Punk Rock did not exist! The music scene in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the entire United States was dead. If you weren't in a major label band you were less than shit. The so-called underground, nation-wide, had one thumb stuck up its ass and the other in its mouth. I said "Fuck this shit," and formed the world's first alternative/punk rock band call Muscle Pump. I was 19 years old and living in the servant quarters of an old English style stable on an estate in Edina, Minnesota which we fondly called Schaefer's Barn. My boss was an 84 year old widow named Ruth Schaefer, whose husband Harold had been a pioneer in the refrigeration business. I was paid $1.50 an hour, got free rent, and stole food from her pantry. It was there I formed Muscle Pump. Me on guitar, Tom Mohr on bass, then later Kendall Techau on bass, Mark Throne of Fingerprints fame on lead vocal and piano, and eventually Rick Schmidt on drums. We were an all original lyric and music band. We drank, smoked, and fucked anything that was around. Kendall Techau, who wasn't our bassist yet, scored us our first gig at Captain Nemo's in Saint Bonifacious, MN. We were kicking ass in the bar and during our first break I wandered by a booth. There was my good friend Peter Jesperson of Twin/Tone, REM, and Replacement fame already sniffing the air and checking the winds of change. I hadn't seen him in a couple of years. He hinted that he was scouting our band. Twin/Tone was 5 years away. He currently heads up New West, an independent record label based in Los Angeles. What happened then was word got out that a band named Muscle Pump was laying down shit like real men should and weren't taking crap from anyone or anything. Even the fucking Ramones did not exist! Word spread and it wasn't long before groups like Flamingo, The Suicide Commandos, Susman Lawrence, and The Suburbs formed. Groups like The Replacements, Prince, and Husker Du were still hiding in the folds of their mommy's skirt, watching cartoons in their parents' house, and wandering what was in-between a girls legs, while we were in the trenches with bayonets affixed, battling the elitist status quo. I'm just getting warmed up. Muscle Pump morphed into Ice Stars in 1973-74. We cut a single at Sound 80. A-Side: "Lindy Hop Bop." B-Side: "Coming Back To Me." We had J.T. Reeves on drums, Bob Henry (Fingerprints) on lead guitar, Mark Throne on piano and lead vocals, and me on rhythm guitar. Doug Lee at Midwest Promotions (now Tom Kay/Conclave) gave us some encouragement. Tom Jung engineered and produced us and then split to New York City. We recorded at 9:00am. I had mowed lawns all summer and had $300 in an envelope safety pinned in the front pocket of my pants. From that I paid for the 1 hour session and ordered 100 singles. All of those singles are still around, you might even have one. It wasn't long after that we went back into Sound 80 and recorded four live one-take tracks in an hour using Shorty Martinson as our engineer. Shorty was just coming off from recording Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks album at Sound 80. We recorded from 9am to 10am. We were always broke. It's all we could afford. I mowed some more lawns and took the band to Moon Sound Recording Studio somewhere in the Electric Fetus neighborhood, I think. It was owned and operated by Chris Moon. We recorded two tracks in his furnace room studio, "She Ain't No Honky Tonk Woman" and "Sing Me In Your Arms." All the Ice Stars sessions were consolidated onto a quarter inch tape which I lost for 39 years. My good friend Mike Owens of Fingerprints and the studio head and engineer of Big Hits of Mid America Volume III, a Twin/Tone double album of local bands, found the tape in some boxes at his home. This all happened recently. All 8 of the Ice Star tracks can be heard at www.cdbaby.com/cd/beatlestone10. The album is titled Live From Jupiter. Chris Moon was an English chap and he told us at our session that he had discovered "a little negro" named Roger Nelson (Prince). Nelson was only 16 years old. He said he was working with Owen Husney of The High Spirits fame, who had a small regional hit, "Turn On Your Love Light," in the mid 1960's. He said they were going to expoit the movement that Ice Stars had created in the Twin Cities to elavate and exploit their "little negro." When the big labels caught wind something was going down in Minneapolis, it was easy for Owen Husney to jump in front of everybody because he already had some connections to Warner Brothers from his High Spirits days. Every last fucking group from Punk to Alternative to Grunge including Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, and any other group that bastardized our blood work has one band to thank - Ice Stars.
Your Welcome, fuck you.
Special thanks to Hugh Faulds who was their with me from front to back and who was a member of Ice Stars at the beginning when we started everything.
Since 1996, Robert Ivers has consolidated all of his work under the Beatlestone name at cdbaby.com/beatlestone