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MixTapeFilter:Songs about Minnesota? Sorta previously.
posted by advicepig to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
Big Black - Jordan, Minnesota

NOFX - Seeing Double at the Triple Rock which is about the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.
posted by namewithoutwords at 4:36 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Most of the songs Separation Sunday and Boys and Girls in America by the Hold Steady have Minnesota references.
posted by statsgirl at 4:36 PM on September 18, 2010


that dog. did a wonderful song called Minneapolis.
posted by mintcake! at 4:52 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Replacements, "Skyway"

(Mentioned in the AV Club's "Teardrops in the snow: 6 Minnesota songs about the cruelty of winter.")
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:01 PM on September 18, 2010


“Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone” by John Prine.

"Hey look ma
here comes the elephant boy
bundled all up in his corduroy
headed down south towards Illinois
from the jungles of East St. Paul."
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:04 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Ninth and Hennepin" and "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" by Tom Waits
"Highway 61" by Bob Dylan
posted by nathan_teske at 5:15 PM on September 18, 2010


Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis Neko Case cover of Tom Waits original
posted by Bourbonesque at 5:18 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also:

“Minneapolis” by Lucinda Williams
“A Friend to the Minnesota Strangler” by Pinetop Seven
posted by Bourbonesque at 5:20 PM on September 18, 2010


More Dylan:

Walls Of Red Wing
Girl From The North Country
posted by Right On Red at 5:34 PM on September 18, 2010


One of my favorite Tom Waits spoken word pieces, 9th and Hennepin, refers to an intersection in Minneapolis where all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes. The original is on the incomparable Rain Dogs.
posted by scody at 5:39 PM on September 18, 2010


(on non-preview: whoops, jinx!)
posted by scody at 5:40 PM on September 18, 2010


I asked a similar question and had some good results.
posted by ripley_ at 5:56 PM on September 18, 2010




Atmosphere, "Say Shh"
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 6:11 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


The Mountain Goats, "Minnesota"

Bob Dylan, "Meet Me in the Morning"

Kid Dakota, "10,000 Lakes"

Okkervil River, "John Allyn Smith Sails"

Bonus: Mason Jennings, "Ballad of Paul and Sheila"
posted by easy, lucky, free at 6:42 PM on September 18, 2010


The Push Stars, "Minnesota"
posted by swerve at 6:47 PM on September 18, 2010


Atmosphere, "Say Shh"

Yes, this is an absolute must.

"Always Coming Back Home To You" is another great Atmosphere song about Mpls - actually, I think "Shhhh" might be a hidden track at the end of this song.

The Lucinda Williams song is beautiful but also sort of heartbreakingly sad.

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady is from Minneapolis and lots of their songs reference Minneapolis. "Your Little Hoodrat Friend" is the only one I can think of off-hand.
posted by lunasol at 6:52 PM on September 18, 2010


Duluth - Mason Jennings
posted by colfax at 7:00 PM on September 18, 2010


Don't forget Minnesota State of Mind - by TheAfternoonDLight!
posted by Bourbonesque at 7:34 PM on September 18, 2010


Trip Shakespeare, especially Snow Days, Toolmaster of Brainerd, The Lake, and Washington Bridge.
posted by umbú at 7:47 PM on September 18, 2010


Does Prince's fight song for the Vikings count?
posted by Ideefixe at 7:57 PM on September 18, 2010


Weird Al- The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota
posted by bookish at 8:35 PM on September 18, 2010


The West Coast by Anni Rossi seems to be about driving from Minneapolis to LA (or vice versa?). If that's the direction you're headed, it might hit the spot.
posted by maryr at 10:17 PM on September 18, 2010


Do easy-to-miss non sequitur group shouts count?

Janet Jackson - "Escapade"
posted by Sys Rq at 10:18 PM on September 18, 2010


Hole - Drown Soda
posted by Sys Rq at 10:21 PM on September 18, 2010


Oh and more specific Hold Steady - "Party Pit" and "Stuck Bewteen Stations" (both specifically mention Minneapolis or the Twin Cities) and "Southtown Girls" (lots of streets that seem to to reference Minneapolis) are MN specific.
posted by maryr at 10:43 PM on September 18, 2010


My Minnesota Home from A Prairie Home Companion
posted by triggerfinger at 2:12 AM on September 19, 2010


The Rembrandts, "St. Paul"
posted by brookedel at 4:37 AM on September 19, 2010


It's probably completely ungettable, but Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley had a dynamite single back in the 70s called "The Lady from the Country of Eleven Hundred Springs." I found the lyrics in a few places, sung to the tune of (approximately) "Give Me 40 Acres":

And because it's long gone and a great song, I'll reproduce a bit here. Moe and Joe -- I believe the record was "Good Old Boys (Holding the Bag)." And like almost all their songs, it references some obscure beer commercial.

She was a lady from the country of eleven hundred springs
She could drink more beer than I could buy
She was a lady from the country of eleven hundred springs
I'd get wiped out but she would never get high

Well when I think about it I almost shed a tear
I don't know where all my money went
She used to be a taster for a very well know beer
Well I ain't broke yet but I sure am badly bent

Well I done got it figured out why she's no longer there
Company couldn't stand the loss no more
She got so wrapped up in her work they were pulling out their hair
It was either let her go or close the door
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:24 AM on September 19, 2010


Ann Reed has written some great Minnesota songs at the state fair. She has lyrics posted online. The one at the bottom of that page, "The Fair," is my favorite.
posted by beandip at 7:25 AM on September 19, 2010


Secretly Minnesotan by Tullycraft is a fine bit of twee, with obscure references to "bunny bars" and niche recording equipment all while managing to slag off on a woman who obscures her Minnesotan roots whilst pretending to be native Californian.
posted by kuppajava at 9:17 AM on September 19, 2010


Indigo Girls - Ghost
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:53 AM on September 19, 2010


I lived in Minot, ND in the mid-1970s and used to hear 'Minnesota' by Northern Light on the radio constantly. I never knew if it was more than a regional hit, but a little Googling took me here, where I learned that it reached 88 on the Billboard chart.
posted by Robert Angelo at 1:57 PM on September 19, 2010


Mason Jennings was mentioned earlier. I'm guessing lots of his songs are about Minnesota, but 'Ballad of Paul and Sheila' is the song about here that comes first to my mind.
posted by kjell at 7:14 PM on September 19, 2010


Oh look. It's already up there. +1 in that case.
posted by kjell at 7:16 PM on September 19, 2010


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