COMMUNITY VOICES | The Junk Yard Democrats: Break on Through


The Junk Yard Democrats, their fans and some bar flies in a suburban rock dive, weigh in on climate change, right wingers, the NRA, and Egyptian democracy in their new video “Break on Through.”  The bit is featured in the new edition of Democratic Visions which is cable cast in Minneapolis and six well known suburbs.  See the schedule below.

The faux rock group performed at the March 8 Senate District 48 DFL Convention.   I am the group’s musical director and posed as an emissary from the GOP SD 48 convention to the DFL gathering (with a metaphorical olive branch and a fist full of apologies for bad behavior). I attempted to lead the trio in singing “We’re in the Money,” the hit song from the Warner Brothers movie  The Gold Diggers of 1933 figuring it to just the right song to use as a means of finding common ground through music.  Several attempts were made to begin the tune, but the boys instead launched into Woodie Guthrie’s version of “This Land Is Your land.”  Their effort sparked an enthusiastic convention-wide sing-a-long.  Most of the younger DFLers seemed confused by our gambit and used their smart phone apps for clues to what was afoot. Their elders, however, enjoyed the scam.


YouTube’s Democratic Visions Channel sports nearly 180 videos.   The monthly program is handcrafted by Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Edina volunteers (mostly Democrats) in a Bloomington community access studio and on location throughout the metro area.  

The program is also cable cast in Minneapolis and six famous suburbs –

Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield and Eden Prairie – Comcast Channel 15 – Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Bloomington – BCAT Cable Channel 16 – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 – Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.