9:30 Coffee Break: Legends of the Longhorn

Jay's Longhorn Bar
Jay's Longhorn Bar (Jay's Longhorn Bar)

Saturday, May 16, is Minnesota Music Day on The Current: For 24 hours, we'll be spinning only music by Minnesota artists. Part of the day includes a Teenage Kicks, hosted by Jill Riley, that features local retro favorites.

Many of those local favorites of the late 1970s and early '80s cut their teeth at a legendary venue called Jay's Longhorn Bar; colloquially, it was known simply as the Longhorn. That venue sits empty now, but the Longhorn's effect on local music — especially as one of the earliest clubs in America to book punk, New Wave, and alternative-rock bands on a regular basis — is still being felt today. In fact, tomorrow night, a number of Longhorn alumni are hosting a reunion concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

But let's get the party started early by celebrating those great Twin Cities bands who helped make the Minnesota music scene what it is today.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by local bands who got their start by playing at the Longhorn? Send us your requests.

Songs Played


The Flamin' Oh's "I Remember Romance"
The Suburbs "Cows"
The Suicide Commandos "Real Cool"
Curtiss A "Land of the Free"
Hypstrz "Little Girl"

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