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duffy’s (former)

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In a building that was a former railroad worker's hotel, Duffy's was a punk rock club in the early 80's near this intersection. It had an outdoor volleyball court, basketball hoops, and decks for with outdoor seating. The stage was inside under a domed ceiling.

In 1983/84, Duffy's was converted into a new wave disco called Norma Jean's (with a Marilyn Monroe theme), and scaled back on booking bands.

On November 3, 1997, the building was demolished. View a vintage picture of Duffy's here.

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oar folkjokeopus (former)

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Open from 1973 to 2001, Oar Folk (as it was informally called) was a popular record store hub for the music scene in the Twin Cities.

One of the only places to buy punk records in the late 70's and early 80's, Oar Folk provided a meeting place for many many members of the T.C. music scene like the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, the Suicide Commandos, and Soul Asylum.
Bob Mould would buy records here. Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland said of the 8,000 records she owns, 7,000 were purchased at Oar Folk (source: Magnet magazine, June 12, 2005).

In 1984, a fire gutted most of Oar Folk. The owner opened again with the help of Mark Trehus (of Treehouse Records). The record store has since been renamed Treehouse Records and remains open at the same location.

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goofy’s upper deck

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In 1982, a punk rock music venue opened above the blue collar/strip club called Goofy's (the location is now a parking ramp for the Target Center). Called Goofy's Upper Deck, the venue's stage was only six inches above the floor, encouraging intense interactions between performers and their audience.

In September of 1983, Goofy's Upper Deck Closed for good after "a certifiable riot." Local band Final Conflict had the power shut off during their set, and there were about 100 angry punk rockers left without a show. One smoke bomb, $3,000 worth of damages, a dozen MPD officers, one arrest, and one excessive-force complaint later, Goofy's Upper Deck was shut down.

To view an interesting local newscast from 1983 on Minneapolis punk rock, click here.

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