Universal - Volbeat's Michael Poulsen discusses the impact guitarist/producer Rob…
- Posted on Dec 8th 2009 11:30AM by John D. Luerssen
Allen achieved national fame with the Suburbs in 1983 when the song 'Love Is the Law,' released on Mercury Records, became an early MTV favorite. A second song, 'Life Is Like,' also received network airplay when it was released in 1986. The group put Twin/Tone Records on the map, releasing its debut single in 1978. The albums 'In Combo' and 'Credit in Heaven' followed on the regional label, which was also home to the Replacements and Soul Asylum, in 1980 and 1981 respectively.
Allen -- who also worked as a graphic designer and was responsible for the album art on the Replacements' 1984 disc 'Let It Be' -- had an assortment of health problems in recent years, including triple bypass surgery in 2008. He also had symptoms of hemophilia and suffered from kidney stones.
A Minneapolis scene fixture in the Suburbs until their split in 1987 and subsequently with the Pilgrims, Allen also played in the X-Boys and reformed the Suburbs in 1993.