Thursday, May 28, 2015

Update! 01/24/99 Teenage Rampage II @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

01/24/99 Flipp's Teenage Rampage II @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (Ad 3)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

We've just added two additional print ads, a small news-item from the City Pages "A-List" and some additional show information to the 01/24/99 Flipp Teenage Rampage @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN page. Click the link to check out these latest additions to that page.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Updated: 09/22/02 LocoBazooka @ Worcester, MA

09/22/02 LocoBazooka 2002 @ Worcester, MA (T-Shirt - Front)

Just updated the 09/22/02 LocoBazooka @ Worcester, MA page with front and back images of this very cool event t-shirt we just spotted over on Ebay and an also updated the list of bands and acts that appeared at the festival. Click the link there to go to the page and see the back of the t-shirt as well.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

January 2004 Two Post-Flipp Items of Interest RE: "Motley Tuesdays" @ Spring Street Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN

January 2004 "Motley Tuesdays" @ Spring Street Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN (Flipp Related)

So for a while, right after Flipp did their final gig in late 2003, there was this thing called "Motley Tuesdays" going on on...well...on Tuesday the Spring Street Bar & Grill in Minneapolis. Chia (Kii Arens) Karaoke was heavily involved in this apparently (see below). I had previously known that he did some promotional artwork for this weekly event but was I was completely unaware that he had acted as a emcee/judge/host at it as well.

The Spring Street Bar & Grill advertised the event with a print ad each week in the local "City Pages," and this particular ad (above) was of additional interest as it features the young mug of a pre-Flipp Freaky Useless, who was still known as Randy Engebritson in those days when he was playing with a band called Riff Raff. If you were able to identify him from the photo in the ad and give his correct got a free drink.

January 2004 "Motley Tuesdays" @ Spring Street Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN (Flipp Related)
(City Pages - January 2004)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

??/??/95? Flipp @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN

Hey you Crazy Sick Flippies - how's THIS for a new discovery?!?

Recently "unearthed" video of four songs from a very early (undated) Flipp show at The Cabooze in Minneapolis! Oh yeah, you read that right just now! Push "play" and crank it up loud!

Thanks to Don and as always Grant L. - guys like you make being a CSF fun even still after all these years and it always makes me wonder "what else is out there?" I know I used to see this one girl...she was at several shows. I talked to her a few times - she always had the camera and was shooting photos. I do not believe I've ever seen any of her photos anyplace! Hey chick with the camera - if you ever read this - let's see what you got! Flipp photos I mean!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

12/26/99 Flipp "Change" Live on KQRS 92.5FM "Minnesota Homegrown"

Yeah, we're still here and still occasionally digging up more lost/forgotten Flipp history. Our good pal Grant recently unearthed this brief audio gem - Flipp recorded live on 12/26/99 in studio at Minneapolis/St. Paul classic rock radio station KQRS 92.5FM's "Minnesota Homegrown" show. This is "Change."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 1, 2014

02/28/14 Pabst Blue Rebellion /w/ Brynn Arens - "Half A Brain" Live at The Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN

...Ha! Told you it wouldn't take seven more months to come up with something cool here. It took two days! All you C.S.F.'s will definitely want to check this out...

St. Cloud Minnesota garage punks Pabst Blue Rebellion jam a killer version of  Flipp's "Half A Brain" with former Flipp/ Current Oddfathers vocalist/ guitarist Brynn Arens on Friday night, 02/28/14 at The Red Carpet in St. Cloud, MN.

You shoulda' been there!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Flipp Collectibles: Flipp Group Images/ Logo T-Shirt

...yeah, despite the lack of new content for seven months, we're still here and still on the lookout for cool memories of the Flipp years.

Here's a recent E-Bay listing for a size XL, black Flipp t-shirt, group images on the front...

  Flipp (Group Images-Logo)T-Shirt (Front)

...logo on the back. Seller is asking $25.00. I'd link the sale here but it ends in just over a day and therefore will likely be long over by the time you are reading this. So no link.

Flipp (Group Images-Logo) T-Shirt (Back)

And just like that - that's if for now! Hopefully it won't be another seven months until we post something here again. In the meantime, make sure you check out the Flipp/Facebook page - some pretty cool shit pops up on there from time to time that I'm not always at liberty to share here so that's probably the only place you'll see it.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Flipp Collectibles: 03/28/97 The Album Network Rock Tune Up #164 Sampler CD

The Album Network "Rock Tune Up #164" Sampler CD (03/28/97)(Front Cover)
CD Booklet - Front Cover
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

The Album Network "Rock Tune Up #164" Sampler CD (03/28/97)(Back Cover)
Back Cover

The Album Network "Rock Tune Up #164" Sampler CD (03/28/97)(CD)

I spotted this Flipp CD rarity on Ebay about a week ago and knew immediately I had to make it mine - it arrived in the mail yesterday!

The Album Network
Various Artists - Rock Tune Up #164 (03/28/97)

"Album Network" was a highly regarded radio industry trade magazine (now shuttered) which contained important information, music sales and air play charts for/about radio stations on a weekly basis. For a fee, individual record labels could include a track (or tracks) on each week's Album Network sampler CD (one copy was included with each magazine) giving radio industry people and DJs a sneak peek at upcoming releases they might be inclined to promote and/or add to their playlists. These CDs were strictly promotional items and were never available for sale at retail and were pressed in extremely limited numbers.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

06/03/98 Dan Cantrell Birthday Bash /w/ Flipp @ Pacific Club Live, Duluth, MN

Flipp - The Dan Cantrell Birthday Bash
@ The Pacific Club Live, Duluth, MN

06/03/98 Dan Cantrell B-Day Bash with Flipp @ The Pacific Club Live, Duluth, MN (Poster - Dan Cantrell Collection)
(Image via The Dan Cantrell Collection - used with kind permission)

Many thanks to Flipp fan Dan Cantrell for sharing this cool, super-rare poster from his birthday party back in June of 1998 - which he actually managed to get Flipp to play at and for also providing us with a few details from what must have been one of the coolest birthday parties ever!

"It was 1998. I asked Brynn if the band would be willing to come up and play my party. Brynn, being the cool shit that he is, said yes! We did a couple of radio phone interviews that he made extremely entertaining and those got the buzz out that something musically sweet was coming and from there it was drunken debauchery! The guys were suppose to be at Pachyderm Studios (in Cannon Falls, MN) the following morning to do some recording but they had to call and cancel. I think someone from the Flipp crew actually recorded the show."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Hey all you C.S.F.'s - just a quick update for anyone who is wondering what we've been up to here lately.

I've decided to take this blog back to its original idea - that being that this was to be a place to archive memories/momentos/video/audio from the Flipp years 1995 - 2003 - and that is the format we have returned to here: ALL Flipp and ONLY Flipp.

If you've come here looking for current Oddfathers or Hairball updates, reviews, etc. -  you will no longer find that type of content here. But fret not - all Oddfathers/ Hairball/ etc content will now be posted over at my other (main) blog, instead.

Thanks for reading -


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Additional Flipp History Revealed In "Sound Gallery" Article

Flipp Logo Sticker (Yellow, Orange, Red, White)

Excerpt from:
"Minneapolis' Sound Gallery Has Hosted Everyone From Motley Crue To Sean Anonymous"
by Chris Riemenschneider - Minneapolis Star Tribune (05/03/13)

"It’s all thanks to Flipp and its industry connections that Grun can now tell guests that Kiss once rehearsed at the Sound Gallery, and Mötley Crüe did a radio broadcast there (good thing the freight elevator still works; Gene Simmons and Vince Neil never would’ve climbed the grungy flights of stairs). Flipp also built the studio there, using money from its deal with Hollywood Records."

Read the entire article HERE.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Flipp Audio: Various Artists "Target Market Audio Sampler: The Science Of Sound" CD (2000)

Various Artists (including)
Valet/ 12 Rods/ The Stereo/ Flipp/ Lifter Puller/ Umbrella Bed/ Accident Clearinghouse/ Volante/ The Plastic Constellations/ The Engagement/ Descending Peasants/ Super No

Title: Target Market/"The Science Of Sound"
Format: CD

Released: 2000

*Track 4: Flipp "Whole World's Sick"

Target Market - Various Artists "The Science Of Sound" Sampler CD (Booklet Cover)(2000)
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

Target Market - Various Artists "The Science Of Sound" Sampler CD (Booklet - Inside)(2000)

Target Market - Various Artists "The Science Of Sound" Sampler CD (Booklet - Back)(2000)

Target Market - Various Artists "The Science Of Sound" Sampler CD (Tray Insert - Back)(2000)

Target Market - Various Artists "The Science Of Sound" Sampler CD (CD)(2000)

Monday, March 25, 2013

11/06/98 Cheap Trick/ Flipp @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Back in November 1998, Cheap Trick headlined a three-night run at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
Flipp were the special guest opening band on night number 2 (11/06/98).

Also on this spectacular evening, joining Cheap Trick for a historic and still much-discussed jam to end the show were Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, fresh from headlining their own show across the street at Target Center earlier in the evening.

11/05-06-07/98 Cheap Trick @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (Jay Anderson Collection)
(Image via Jay Anderson Collection - used with kind permission)

11/06/98 Cheap Trick/ Flipp @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (Ticket)
(Image via

11/04/98 City Pages: "From Flannel To Glitter"

11/04/98 - City Pages
"From Flannel To Glitter"
by Peter S. Scholtes

"The idea of injecting glamour into rock is hardly novel in the City of
Prince, but the recent local revival of Velvet Goldmine-style early-'70s
glitter-rock theatrics signals something fairly new.
Frustrated with the low-key, barbecuelike atmosphere of most local rock
shows, an increasing number of bands are adopting glam rock's aesthetic
and making the show the thing.

And the shows keep getting better and better. Take All the Pretty
Horses, whose transgendered singer-guitarist Steven Grandell attacks his
ax in corset and high heels, while flanked by dancers in fetish gear. Or
look at the Sandwiches, Detroit, and the Odd, all of which churn out
different strains of goofy meta-rock while garbed in cartoonish outfits.
In their own way, these bands are catching up to the prefab sensibility
pioneered locally by major-label glam-punks Flipp, who have been
successfully championing style-as-substance for years.

But many fans of the current glam crop don't know that the Twin Cities
produced its own bona fide glam band well before the music's mid-'80s
hair-metal revival or Prince's purple reign. In fact, Minnesota glam's
roots can be traced to 1973, when Cheap Trick's first singer, Xeno, left
the Illinois-based power-pop group to join a Minneapolis theater-rock
outfit called Straight Up.

Speaking via telephone from Milwaukee, the singer remembers playing
First Avenue with Cheap Trick in '73, when the club was still called
Uncle Sam's. "That's where I first met Straight Up," he says. "They
showed up in a white limo and offered me $250 a week if I joined their
band, which was a lot for a 21-year-old single guy."

Cheap Trick was pretty glammy itself at the time--their moniker
suggesting both a practical joke and a cheap lay. "We were all dressed
up like sluts," laughs Xeno. "You'd wear your glittery clothes, some
makeup, some scarves, and that's how you went onstage."

But Straight Up took its Bowie-inspired theatrics far more seriously,
and when Xeno joined, he found himself rehearsing and choreographing
carny-style skits and stunts that would make even Kiss blush. With the
help of production manager Paul Stark, who went on to co-found Twin/Tone
Records, the band learned to make artificial snow for a song called
"Freezin' Slowly." They also added video backdrops, smoke bombs, and
shooting flames to their show, which toured to sold-out clubs and
ballrooms throughout the region.

"We did a song about a plane crash," remembers Xeno. "I came out in a
flight suit covered in blood, and at one point someone in the band would
rip my arm off. We'd always end like Alice Cooper, with the band beating
me up." Local rock fans remember other stunts: For one outdoor show,
Xeno was lowered onto the stage from a helicopter. "There were times when I would be raised on a swing to the ceiling and
scream, 'Oh, no!' and let loose a mannequin that looked like me," he
says. "It would fall down and bombs would go off and that would be the
end of the show. I miss doing that sort of thing."

Straight Up did have a lasting impact on the music landscape. Besides
catapulting Xeno into a life of rock 'n' roll--he enjoyed a long run as
front man for Milwaukee's legendary Bad Boy--it also gave an artist soon
to be known as Yanni his first keyboard gig in a band. As of this
writing, a reunion--sans Yanni--is reportedly in the works.

Today, Flipp front man Brynn Arens fondly remembers Straight Up's
excessive live show, while noting that he was too young to know it was
anything new. "To me, that was rock 'n' roll," he says.

Flipp's Arens had been a rabid glam-rocker since the early '70s, when
he bought his first pair of platform heels in the seventh grade. He even
formedhis own band, called Ash of Evil--later Evil Ash, and then just
Ash. "When I was first getting into glam," he says, "one of the things
it subconsciously said to me was, 'Don't be afraid to stand out, don't
be afraid to be yourself.' I always considered the Sex Pistols a glam
band." Glam offered many a Mid-American misfit the same personal freedom
and DIY ethic often associated with punk. As a child growing up in
Duluth, Grandell saw an early-'70s David Bowie performance on late-night
TV and was forever changed. "That was what I wanted to be," he says.
Today his band does a mean live cover of "Space Oddity."

Odd frontman Tom Siler's personal watershed was the early-'90s
Minneapolis band Bean Girl, who never sounded particularly glam but
donned outrageous costumes and satirized other bands in a way that was
unique at the time. "They totally changed a lot of people's idea of what
rock was supposed to be about," Siler says.

But glam, especially semiprofessional glam, is an inherently ephemeral
art; the concerts may leave lasting impressions, but they rarely
translate into great records. Straight Up never made an album, and now
survives only in fans' memories. And though Flipp, the Sandwiches, the
Odd, and All the Pretty Horses have put out decent albums, the
recordings pale in comparison to the live shows.

Yet Grandell, who has also been a painter and performance artist for
years, argues that the transition to the immediate art of rock 'n' roll
has led to a much more satisfying avenue for self-expression. "Painting
is too boring," he says. "I want to be the art, I want to be living in
it." Likewise, being a prominent transgender figure in rock 'n' roll
also makes for more pronounced political impact than in the insulated
performance art world. "With the band, I'm meeting more regular people
who have to deal with me," he says. "It's also easier for me to weather
oppression and discrimination if I know I'mgoing to perform that night.
When you have four-inch heels on, you can do anything."

All the Pretty Horses perform Friday at Club Metro; 489-0002. The Odd
perform Friday at 7th Street Entry, and Cheap Trick perform Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday at First Avenue; 338-8388.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

??/??/9? Flipp @ (Venue Unknown), (City/State Unknown)

Another recently unearthed Flipp video clip, courtesy "aleconmusic." This one is "I Don't Care." The excat date, venue and city/state in which this performance took plaace are currently unknown but the prevailing sentiment on the Flipp Facebook page is that this was filmed at Ground Zero in Minneapolis. Our "List Of Offenses" page lists a single Flipp show at Ground Zero taking place on 06/07/95...maybe it was this one?