Music of MinnesotaMinnesota, and its largest city Minneapolis, are known for the multi-platinum soul singer Prince, as well as cult favorites The Replacements and Husker Du and a large, vibrant polka community, fueled by immigration. Folk singer Bob Dylan started playing in the Minneapolis area. Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam Harris also began their career in Minneapolis before forming The Time and producing for Gladys Knight and Janet Jackson, among others.
Originally based out of J's Longhorn Bar, the Minneapolis punk rock scene grew slowly. The Suicide Commandos were perhaps first, and they were quickly followed by Husker Du and The Replacements, who played a mix of early hardcore punk and alternative rock. Soul Asylum was originally a Minneapolis hardcore band called Loud Fast Rules, who played with bands like Man Sized Action, Otto's Chemical Lounge, Final Conflict, Rifle Sport and Breaking Circus who mixed funk, thrash metal and other influences.