Mighty Mofos

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They were accused of being derivative, mediocre, negligibly talented, and woefully unhip, fortunately none of this naysaying prevented the Mighty Mofos from having big fun, recording some sweaty, ebullient…
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They were accused of being derivative, mediocre, negligibly talented, and woefully unhip, fortunately none of this naysaying prevented the Mighty Mofos from having big fun, recording some sweaty, ebullient music, and tearing up live stages around the Midwest, mostly in the Twin Cities. The band's founders, Billy and Ernie Batson were a great duo, funny, unpretentious, yet serious about their rock and roll. Billy sang lead, Ernie played very loud, muscular guitar that would have sounded just fine in the Small Faces or MC5. They generated a buzz in the late 70s/early 80s as the Hypstyrz, releasing a gritty, garage-rock fueled LP (Hypstrization) in 1980. The transition from Hyspstrz to Mofos happened in the mid-80s, culminating in the release of Sho' Hard, a rampaging chunk of fun that, while not a truly liberating as a Mofos live show, was a delightful romp through speedy pop and the blurt of garage rock. It also contained a cover of the MC5's "Rocket Reducer (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)" that destroys the original.