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Thread started 06/07/19 2:47pm

Designist

Were You ever in a band influenced by the Minneapolis Music Scene?

Good Weekend everyone,

In my younger days (I'm 56 now), me,along with my childhood best friend and bassist, carl, cofounded an R&B pop group called Alpha Romeo in chicago. Like a lot of musicians & bands in the 80's we were heavily influenced by Prince and the whole minneapolis scene,but right off the bat,We tended to focus moreso on writing and performing our own songs rather than do covers by other artists. In 1988, local chicago radio station, WBMX, co-sponsored a songwriting contest called the WBMX Budweiser showdown, in which local unsigned(amateur) groups/artists etc could send in their original songs, withthe top 2 songs/acts w being invited to perform live in the finals, with first place getting a 12 inch record pressing of their song. We came in 2nd place, and although we did not come in first, we went on to release our song "Love Sex or money,"ourselves on our own newly formed independent label. I cowrote the song along with my friend and bass player affter I'd met a young woman and being curious about what her true intentions were from our relationship. The band stayed together for a good while afterward, but in 2017, our lead singer/front man and my dear friend, Dewayne Holmes aka Nikki D. passed away sadly. I miss him dearly and wish that we could have worked on more together. Dewayne did however get to do what he loved (music),by working in the industry as a record promoter, and received gold records for the ones that went on to become hits. Lastly,andthankfully,one of the band members' father videotaped our performance, which was at the Taste Entertainment center on chicago's southside.Below. is a link to the video. After the performance portion is over on the video, our manager at the time, put together a montage of pictures and music of the band toward the end of the video. Hope you enjoy! lol

https://www.youtube.com/w...OExCk5Jns0

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Reply #1 posted 06/08/19 6:54am

S2DG

Holy shit is that Darryl Philbin playing the keys in front?

This is awesome btw, thanks for sharing it. You guys had style and some great synchronized steps! Love the music too, as soon as I heard that electrontric drum sound I knew we were in the 80s, lol!

Here's a link to this, https://www.youtube.com/w...OExCk5Jns0

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Reply #2 posted 06/08/19 11:25am

Designist

S2DG said:

Holy shit is that Darryl Philbin playing the keys in front?

This is awesome btw, thanks for sharing it. You guys had style and some great synchronized steps! Love the music too, as soon as I heard that electrontric drum sound I knew we were in the 80s, lol!

Here's a link to this, https://www.youtube.com/w...OExCk5Jns0

Thanks so much for checking us out. On a funny note, our keyboardist you referred to loking like darryl Philbin, when he wears his sunglasses he looks like Jimmy jam of The Time. Once again, thanks kindly for your feedback, it means a lot

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Reply #3 posted 06/08/19 2:51pm

S2DG

Designist said:

S2DG said:

Holy shit is that Darryl Philbin playing the keys in front?

This is awesome btw, thanks for sharing it. You guys had style and some great synchronized steps! Love the music too, as soon as I heard that electrontric drum sound I knew we were in the 80s, lol!

Here's a link to this, https://www.youtube.com/w...OExCk5Jns0

Thanks so much for checking us out. On a funny note, our keyboardist you referred to loking like darryl Philbin, when he wears his sunglasses he looks like Jimmy jam of The Time. Once again, thanks kindly for your feedback, it means a lot

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Didn't mean any disrespect, I love Darryl Philbin.

Are you still playing music? I hope so.

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Reply #4 posted 06/12/19 3:18pm

PeteSilas

never had a band, but as a solo artist, everything i did was tinged or touched by the Purple One.

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Reply #5 posted 06/13/19 12:02pm

PeteSilas

I never knew tupac played such a mean guitar. honestly not bad considering their originals too. ever get offered any deals?

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Reply #6 posted 06/13/19 12:58pm

RodeoSchro

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Nice, thank you for sharing!

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Reply #7 posted 07/04/19 9:31am

Designist

PeteSilas said:

I never knew tupac played such a mean guitar. honestly not bad considering their originals too. ever get offered any deals?

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never offered any deals, but once I sent some soogwritingdemo tapes out to record companies and in one week got a call from both Capital and columbia records, but I never could get in touch with the guy who called and did not remain persistent. Thanks for checking out the video!

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Reply #8 posted 07/04/19 9:35am

Designist

S2DG said:

Designist said:

Thanks so much for checking us out. On a funny note, our keyboardist you referred to loking like darryl Philbin, when he wears his sunglasses he looks like Jimmy jam of The Time. Once again, thanks kindly for your feedback, it means a lot

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Didn't mean any disrespect, I love Darryl Philbin.

Are you still playing music? I hope so.

no worries,I knew you werekidding, were getting and so, no offense taken. It's not like you said something mean-spirited like: "Ibet Prince is somewhere laughing his arse off. Happy Holidays btw.

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Reply #9 posted 07/06/19 9:59am

Designist

RodeoSchro said:

Nice, thank you for sharing!

Thanks for checking it out!

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Reply #10 posted 07/06/19 10:03am

Designist

Designist said:

S2DG said:


Didn't mean any disrespect, I love Darryl Philbin.

Are you still playing music? I hope so.

no worries,I knew you were kidding, were getting and so, no offense taken. It's not like you said something mean-spirited like: "Ibet Prince is somewhere laughing his arse off. Happy Holidays btw.

haven't been playing much over the years, and by the grace of God I survived a massive stroke in September 2018. However, I told my wife that I want to build a small studio in our basement so that when I fully recover, I could get back to doing the things I love (music being one of them).

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Reply #11 posted 07/07/19 1:50am

PeteSilas

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PeteSilas said:


I never knew tupac played such a mean guitar. honestly not bad considering their originals too. ever get offered any deals?


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never offered any deals, but once I sent some soogwritingdemo tapes out to record companies and in one week got a call from both Capital and columbia records, but I never could get in touch with the guy who called and did not remain persistent. Thanks for checking out the video!


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