PunkFunkRockPop: The Minneapolis Music Collection

Shirt, Goofy's Upper Deck

Shirt, Goofy's Uper Deck
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In 1982 the Upper Deck, a Minneapolis punk music club, opened on the second floor of Goofy's, a blue-collar bar and strip joint on Second Avenue North and Glenwood Avenue, now the site of a Target Center parking ramp. The club's six-inch-high stage encouraged the physically intense audience-band interaction that was obligatory for this new, in-your-face music.

The new club commissioned Matt Feazell, an aspiring comic-book author and employee at nearby Shinder's bookstoore, to produce a cartoon for a t-shirt. Some of the figures are Minnesota musicians who played regularly at Goofy's. Leading the charge is Curtiss A (rock and roller extraordinaire, renowned as the "dean of scream"); close behind is a bespectacled Pat Woods of Man Sized Action, wielding a microphone stand. The Hüsker Dü trio of Bob Mould playing his signature "Flying V" guitar, Greg Norton clutching his bass, and long-haired drummer Grant Hart brandishing drumsticks wear t-shirts with the band's logo.

Feazell, now a Michigan cartoonist and Cynicalman comic author, remembers "seeing the Hüskers [at Upper Deck] … and thinking what a remarkably good punk band they were."1 he also included renderings of fellow cartoonist David Roth of Minneapolis's Ferret Comix and Power for Living fanzine (at the rear with his pet ferret on his shoulder) and Henry Rollins, the bare-chested frontman for the California band Black Flag.

The damaged instruments under the feet of the rabble foreshadowed the "certifiable riot" that marred the three-day wake scheduled to mark the club's closing in 1983.2 Accounts of the evening of August 30 vary, but the music ended when a bouncer pulled the plug on local band Final Conflict. Approximately 100 frustrated fans, one smoke bomb, $3,000 in damages, one dozen Minneapolis Police Department officers, one arrest, and one excessive-force complaint later, the Upper Deck was closed for good.

    1. Matt Feazell, e-mail to author, June 6, 2001.
    2. City Pages, September 7, 1983, p. 1.