Walt Mink Discography
Walt Mink has three official full-length releases. However, that's
only the tip of the iceberg as far as their recorded output.
Many Mink fans enjoy listening to their demo tapes, which, though
admittedly lo-fi, sometimes have more separation in the guitar
parts and performances which are different from (and, dare I say, more
over-the top than) the commercial
versions. Also, altough many demo tape songs have eventually
been re-recorded for commercial releases, some songs are only
available in the demo tape versions.
The demo versions can be purchased on CD -- see the blog on
http://www.waltminkthemovie.com which also has mp3 versions.
This is a list of their releases in approximate chronological
order. I've also made a list of
Walt Mink's songs
arranged in a table according to release.
There's also a non-tables file.
- Split single with Gneissmaker (Skene! Records 6, 1990)
Walt Mink's songs on this single, Fragile and Croton-Harmon (Local),
are the same as the versions on Listen Little Man. The single was
on the Skene! label, and there's also a Skene! compilation
which includes one of these songs. Croton-Harmon (Local) refers
to a train John used to take in New York, and not, as I earlier stated,
to a bus route in the Twin Cities.
- Listen Little Man cassette (self-released, 1990?)
This was a demo tape release. It was sold by the band and
offered through record stores in the Twin Cities area, but
is probably no longer available. The title is a reference
to Wilhelm Reich (who wrote a book called "Listen, Little
Man), as is the logo used on this cassette,
Poll Riders, and the split single.
The Poll Riders Win Again!! cassette (self-released, 1991)
A second demo tape release, released under the same circumstances as
Listen Little Man. "Recorded in January 1991 in our livingroom."
Miss Happiness (Caroline 1992)
The band's first full-length release on Caroline Records. Recorded
at Smart Studios, Madison WI, produced by Mr. Colson. Versions of
"Disappear" and "Everything Worthwhile" were also recorded at this
time, but were not put on the album, though "Disappear" later appeared
on the Chowdertown EP.
- Pink Moon/Free To Be You And Me (Red Decibel 92004, 1992)
A single with a version of Pink Moon different from those
on other releases, and a cover of Free To Be You and Me.
On red vinyl. Recorded by Jay Perlman at Gark.
- Cowboy Teashow #3 (Rocketsound RS-1006)
A 10" compilation record with one song by Walt Mink, a live
version of "Erasable You." Recorded live at Loring Park, Minneapolis.
Showers Down/New Life (Crackpot Records 2063, 1992)
A single with these two songs.
On orange vinyl, 3000 numbered copies. Groove marks read "The feel of mink/
hot shot one shot." Recorded by Jay Perlman at Gark.
- Chowdertown EP (UK Quigley HRECD 1, 1992)
Includes versions of Chowdertown, Pink Moon, and Disappear.
The first two songs seem to be the same as the versions
on Miss Happiness, but Disappear is different from the
version on Bareback Ride. It says the songs are
licensed from Caroline Records. The cover art shows a balloon animal,
photographed by Daniel Corrigan, who also did the cover photo for Miss
Happiness and has done photography for a lot of Twin Cities bands,
including Husker Du. Produced by Mr. Colson.
- Dumb Angel "Topflite" cassette (Generator G-2, 1993)
Not actually a Walt Mink release, this is John and Joey doing
some accoustic music along with some vocals by Tim Gartman.
Dumb Angel is also the name of Walt Mink's publishing imprint.
(Dumb Angel was a working title for Brian Wilson's Smile album.)
This is available from
(new URL as of the year 2000.)
- Bareback Ride (Caroline Carol 1737-2, 1993 / UK Quigley QUIGD3)
The band's second full-length release on Caroline Records.
Produced by Walt Mink, Engineered by Brian
Foxworthy at Music Box, except "Sunnymede" engineered
by Ezra Gold at Gark, Minneapolis.
- El Producto (Atlantic, 1996)
The band's third official full-length release, and their
first on Atlantic Records. Produced by John Agnello and Walt Mink.
- Colossus (Deep Elm, 1997)
The fourth studio album, produced by Mr. Colson.
- Goodnite (Deep Elm, 1998)
- Live album, recorded at the band's final show in 1997.
Other Misc stuff:
- Walt Mink cover the Husker Du song "Somewhere" on
Du Huskers, (Synapse SYN 002) a record on which bands
from the Twin Cities cover all the songs
on Husker Du's album Zen Arcade.
The New Music Seminar 1991 compilation contains a version of "Chowdertown"
different from that on Miss Happiness. It may be the same as that on
the British Chowdertown EP.
There is a promo-only record from Atlantic with
Listen Up, Sunshine M., and Up & Out on it. These songs
all appear on El Producto, and are probably the same as
the album versions.
There was a version of Erasable You recorded at
the El Producto sessions which
appears on the Japanese version of El Producto.
It also appears on the Americans For Radio Diversity
It can be downloaded from the Walt Mink Mp3.com site --
go to Waltmink.com for the link.
Walt Mink's song Disappear appears on the compilation
Is This A Dream Or Just Random Sounds Of Awakening.
I don't know what version of the song it is.
Walt Mink's song "Showers Down" appears on the compilation "Uncharted."
Walt Mink's song "Tree and Orange" (sic) appears on the soundtrack of
Thanks to Uncle Fester, Harihari, Andrew Jenkins, Adam Greuling,
and everyone else who's exchanged email about Walt Mink with me.
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Last updated October 21, 1999