Beat Rodeo

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s

Biography

Beat Rodeo was initially the name given to an EP recorded by Steve Almaas (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), a guitarist and vocalist, formerly with the Minneapolis punk bands the Suicide Commandos and the Crackers. Almaas recorded the country rock-orientated Beat Rodeo in 1981 with Richard Barone, formerly of the New York-New Jersey pop band the Bongos, and record producer Mitch Easter, at the latter’s North Carolina recording studio, the Drive-In. The EP was released on the independent Coyote Records, after which Almaas formed the group Beat Rodeo in 1982, along with guitarist/vocalist Bill Schunk (b. Riverhead, New York, USA). An early line-up of the band worked in clubs in the US north-east and Midwest for two years before signing with I.R.S. Records. The first version of their debut, Staying Out Late, was produced by Don Dixon at Easter’s studio and released only in Germany in July 1984. That year, Almaas and Schunk replaced the original members with...

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