Woodwind player Jim
Greenberg, of Minneapolis Minnesota, was an
important member of Skogie
and the Flaming Pachucos
the early 1970s.
See: Skogie & the Flaming Pachucos
and: Skogie & the Flaming Pachucos
and: Mozart's Mafia
Jim replaced Dick Rogers
the band. Jim began handling
the business aspects of the band as well as securing plenty of media
Rick 'Skogie' Moore
to focus on songwriting.
Jim Greenberg attended South West High School with
and Al Galles .
He was also a member of one of their pre-Skogie bands (
Mozarts Mafia V2
Oddly he was away on vacation
when Mark Goldstein
Skogie & the Flaming Pachucos
. Greenberg was quite shocked to come
back from California to find an whole new rhythm section in
Sadly, after participating in
the recording sessions that led to
, Greenberg decided to make a career move
away from rock into free jazz.
The remaining four members
redubbed themselves "
and the rest is history!
From Insider Magazine, May 1972, by Tom
and the Flaming Pachucos. One Groveland.
has just stepped up to the mic in his leather
jacket and Skogie T-shirt: "Brothers and Sisters of
the Revolution." The crowd is hushed except for an occaisional
blood-curdling scream. |
"I want to tell you something about rock
We've got a man here who was born on the streets of
Detroit, been in and out of jail, on and off smack, and shot twice."
"Big Jim" Greenberg appears, wearing a
leather studded arm band, courtesy of Ruby and the
Dykes, no shirt, and a flowing purple cape.
roars, but Bugs
keeps his cool.
"This man has come all the wayy down here to
Minneapolis to sing you some rock and roll."
smells good in here," observes Big Jim.
It's time for the
definitive hard rock song:
Greenberg throws his mic and clothes around the
stage and into and at the audience while roaring out his anthem of
contempt and masculinity:
You been messin' with my
I thought I told you to get lost.
But you said 'Fuck
you, buddy, it's a free country."
Now you're gonna pay the cost.
The song has nothing to do with revolution, but it sure
SOUNDS like it does.
crotch-rides the microphone, it doesn't seem too likely that he's
treatening to beat the shit out of somebody, either.
The girls scream anyway.
Galles met Jim Greenberg in gym class
Mafia was thinking of adding a horn-section for a school assembly.
Greenberg was a rising young member of the high school intellectual elite, member of the newspaper staff, debate team, and student government.
appropriate amount of soul searching and overcoming parental
opposition to his association with such unsavory characters as
Peterson and Al
Galles ("They were the black sheep of our school")
Mafia's versions of "Harlem Shuffle" and "I Feel Good" went over with the student body, so the group became and 8-piece choreographed white punk-soul band playing the standard local bag of "Show me" and "Midnight Hour."
Jim decided to go professional, got into the union and joined a flock of now-legendary local show bands.
He always seemed to get in just about the time the bands were going thru the final debilitating stages of personnel problems.
Following the pattern, he went thru the Sounds of Soul, Loviah Smith and the Soul Sensations, Blues Cube, the Sir Raleighs, and the unnamed off-shoot of the Sir Raleighs that didn't become Copperhead.
After a year off from
music and trying journalism at the University of Minnesota,
Greenberg returned to commercial rock for spending money, gigging with Oedipus Rex and the Syndicate.
(Note: this bio is a work
Galles, Goldstein, Moore, Greenberg, Peterson. 1972 in The Euphorium Lounge, Edina, Minnesota.
Galles, Peterson, Moore and Goldstein. AudioTek Studios, Uptown
Peterson, Goldstein, Moore and Galles. One Groveland, Minneapolis
Goldstein, Moore, Peterson and Galles. 1971 in The Euphorium
Lounge, Edina, Minnesota.