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Green Blah podcast interview on Ideas By Elliot

The "Green Blah" Episode.  Host Elliot Christenson grills the Green Blah guys, James Baker and Chris Pretti, on punk rock, football, and everything in between.  This conversation took place on Sunday, September 20th at noon on the Green Bay Packer game day showdown with the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field.  Enjoy!!!

Green Blah interview in The Scene

by A.C. Kruse-Ross

Originally from Green Bay’s Astor Park, friends James Baker and Chris Pretti have set out to document Green Bay’s earliest days of punk rock with “Green Blah! The History of GB Punk Rock … the first 10 years or so.” As the project nears an end, Baker and Pretti are launching “A Reunion of Sorts;” a promotional benefit show at Phatheadz on Dec. 28. Baker was kind enough to play some Q & A regarding the project and “Reunion” show.

Kendra Meinert May 2014

The first official teaser video is out for the upcoming documentary, “Green Blah! The History of Green Bay Punk Rock,’’ and it rocks.

(And yes, being a punk rock film, be warned there’s some profanity.)

The 1½-minute clip is a kinetic blast of nostalgic show fliers, still images of bands playing in the late ’70s and ’80s and interview excerpts from musicians Bobby Kispert, Jim Runge, Rev. Norb, Steve Fay, Kurt Schreiner and others who played in such groundbreaking groups as The Minors, No Response, Moral Disgust and Suburban Mutilation.

Green Bay Press Gazette teaser video promo

Jim Runge interview in Press Gazette

Kendra Meinert March 2014

When Jim Runge was a student at Ashwaubenon High School back in the early ’80s he was the self-described “weird kid,” the one who felt he didn’t really belong until he discovered a Green Bay punk scene still in its infancy.


His first working music gig came in 1979 when Nick Knuth of local band The Minors let him carry his bass gear up the steps in return for free admission to the show.

Press Gazette Green Blah film article

Kendra Meinert March 2014


With Rev. Norb the subject of a recent column on the re-issue of the 1984 album by his first punk band Suburban Mutilation and Green Bay native and The Black Keys tour manager Jim Runge fondly recalling his days on the local punk scene as the singer of No Response in a cover story earlier this month, what better time to check in on the status of the documentary "Green Blah! The History of Green Bay Punk Rock.''

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