Fingerprints formed in the mid 1970’s. The original lineup included Mark Throne on Vocals and Saxophone, Robb Henry and Michael Owens on Guitars and Vocals, Steve Fjelstad on Bass and Kevin Glynn on Drums and Percussion. Lead guitarist Robb Henry, in his late teenage years, had previously been a member of The Mojo Buford Blues Band, Mojo, the infamous Blues Harpist, who played with Muddy Waters on and off from 1953 until Muddy’s death in 1983.
Fingerprints members Michael Owens, Kevin Glynn & Steve Fjelstad founded Blackberry Way Recording Studios in the mid 1970’s, eventually merging with Paul Starks P. David Studio and went on to record The Replacements, The Trashmen and Soul Asylum to name a few. The Twin/Tone release “Big Hits Of Mid America Vol 3”, that includes two tracks from Fingerprints and recorded at Blackberry Way, is currently on display in The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. The record label Blackberry Way Records was formed in 1984.
Jeff Waryan replaced Robb in 1979. His first gig with the band was two shows opening for Blondie at Jay’s Longhorn in Minneapolis. Afterwards Blondie hung out at Blackberry Way while Mike & Steve helped Jimmy Destri with a band he was producing in NY called Student Teachers.
band was among the first three bands signed by Twin/Tone Records in
1978. The late Tim Carr, A&R at Warner Brothers, called Mike’s song
Wasted On You, the best single song on the first three simultaneously
released Twin/Tone EP’s. (The little Red Records-Fingerprints, The
Suburbs and Curtiss A’s Spooks) Rave reviews followed internationally in
Trouser Press, New York Rocker, New Musical Express UK, Minneapolis
Tribune and many more.
addition to dates with Pere Ubu, Blondie and Peter Hammill,
Fingerprints headlined at the legendary Longhorn Bar, First Ave, Mothers
in Chicago and other venues in the five state area including dates at
Duffy’s with Mitch Ryder and Dwight Twilley. The band also headlined at
The Walker Art Center Presents “The Cream Of The Crop” supported by
Spooks (Curtiss A) and NNB. Fingerprints was also chosen as the first
band paired with a movie in The Walker Art Centers Band and a movie in
Loring Park, an event that lives on today. In 1979 Fingerprints
performed at the M-80 Music Festival and shared the stage with The
Fleshtones, Richard Lloyd, Devo and The Records. Devo rehearsed at
Blackberry Way before the show. Fingerprints reformed for The Mill City
Music Festival in 1999 performing on the KQRS stage following a
wonderful set by Willie and The Bees. The festival featured 130 bands
including Prince, Gypsy, Willie Murphy, Koerner, Ray and Glover, The
Jayhawks, Semisonic and many others.
Fingerprints reformed in 2019 to perform three sold out shows at The Parkway Theater in MPLS in support of the documentary “Jay’s Longhorn” about the infamous bar that in the late 1970’s was the Minneapolis counter point to New York’s CBGB’s. In addition to several vintage tracks by Fingerprints that were included in the documentary, the band got together and recorded “14 South 5th Street Blues” a song Owens composed about The Longhorn that closes out the documentary as the credits roll. Special guests on the track included Minneapolis stalwarts Curtiss A and The Suicide Commandos Chris Osgood. The track was included as a bonus track on Owens record “The Right Kind Of Crazy” The documentary is currently competing in film festivals internationally. The Queen City Film Festival in Cumberland, Maryland awarded the film “Best Music in a Feature Film”.
In October 2015 Steve Earle spun Fingerprints track “Down” on his Hardcore Troubadour Radio Show on Sirius Radio.
10 out of 10 review