History & Information
Skogie is Rick Moore
- guitar, Denny Peterson - bass, Al Galles - drums and Mark
Goldstein - keyboards. All from the south side of Minneapolis,
The four have been playing together steadily
since the summer of 1971, although Peterson and Galles have played
together since 1963 and Moore and Goldstein have played together
since late '69. They were formally a five piece group known as
Skogie and the Flaming Pachucos. Moore, Peterson, Galles and
Goldstein formed Skogie (the four piece group) in February 1973.
In August, 1973, Skogie released their first single "The
Butler Did It" and "I Won't Be Pushed Away" on Mill City Records. It
sold well in Minneapolis and received airplay through most of
Using the single as a learning device they have
made enormous improvements while recording their first album at the
end of '73. Their agents are currently looking for a label with
wider distribution to handle it, so at the moment release date is
Skogie has performed at concerts and dances and
paid their dues in clubs and bars from Cleveland to Denver, from
Canada to Arkansas.
Skogies' TV appearances have covered all
three network stations in the Twin Cities and WCCO-TV (CBS) even did
a news documentary on the group.
Insider, the midwest music
magazine with readership over 75,000 gave the group a cover story
and editor Tom Murtha wrote, "I think they're the most original rock
band in the area right now...Rick writes the most appealing original
music I've ever heard. The typical Skogie arrangement is a mosaic of
swirling, interweaving melody lines and extended unison and harmony
duets between various instruments in the group. By putting two or
three instruments together on a line, Skogie achieves new sounds and
aural textures that are both un-conventional and pleasant to the
ear. Denny's bass is alternatively busy, melodic and driving. Al's
percussion is accurate with a few of the rough edges necessary to
energetic, funky drumming. The resulting music is completely
original....Rick's personal repertoire of improvisational techniques
rages the full spectrum from blues to inverting themes. His lead
guitar has a flowing economy akin to George Harrison's in addition
to a melodic sophistication which is intrinsically his own By the
time Goldstein was in the eighth grade, he was a serious musician,
back on the keyboards and leading his own band."
Quimby of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote in a review of a
sellout Skogie concert at Walker Arts Center, "[Skogie was]
obviously chosen for their departure from the play it like the
record syndrome. [They] have been granted the stamp of
legitimacy...Skogie merges the improbable with the obvious.
Musically eclectic...but with an insanity all their own.
Fortunately, Skogie is also technically precise. Most of their
material is original and instrumentally rich...between the gyrations
of Denny Peterson (a basketball coach’s dream gone nightmare) and
the ironic deadpan of mark Goldstein, Rick Moore's antics are
effectively balanced. What more can I say? If you are anything less
than senile, definitely see Skogie."
Bruce Holdhausen wrote
in his review, "The whole atmosphere of a Skogie concert is
different from most other concerts. As usual there is the reek of
cigarettes, pot and beer, but there are always a few groups of
hard-core Skogie fans who are really into the deeper aspects of the
music. On the surface, a Skogie concert is just good ol' rock'n'roll
with some of that freak-out stuff too. Below the surface is a five
dimensional spectrum of intricate melody and harmony lines, rhythmic
conflict, tonal colors, and cosmic surrealism...Their music is
almost all original and they like what they are doing but don't take
themselves too seriously...A Skogie concert is a must for everyone.
In a recent review Dick Richmond of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch wrote, "...they are mixing in some of their own music,
which is above average if hard rock appeals to your ears. Before
playing one of their originals, it was explained that the song was
about a reckless winter sport in the north country. The sport
consists of hanging onto the side of a car as it moves over icy
roads. The song, written by Moore, is called "The Ballad Of
Righteous Riders". If the song is any indicator, the sport involves
a lot of screaming."
Musically Skogie is spearheading a new
sound in Midwestern music trends. They provide most of their own
material through the songwriting prowess of Rick Moore. But it's a
team effort - each Skogie contributes a fair share to their success,
socially and professionally. They are firm friends above all else.
All have sharp senses of humor and are quick with a wise crack.
Their humor is often "sick" to outside ears...but THEY understand
each other perfectly.
Skogie is a hard working band. They
have been on the road gigging practically every day since the spring
of '73 and they aren't planning on easing up any in the future. So
take a good listen.
We hope you enjoy the performance
tonight - love to you