In April 1980, the Raybeats travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they played two gigs at 7th Street Entry and met a kindred spirit named Danny Amis, who would later play an important role in the Raybeats’ history.
“In 1979 and 1980, I had a band called the Overtones and we played mostly instrumentals,” Amis recalled. “I booked a tour for us to the east coast that fell through, [but while lining up the gigs] I heard about the Raybeats from club owners in New York City, so I bugged my friend, who booked 7th Street Entry, to bring the Raybeats to town.”
Amis’ friend finally did, and he put the Overtones in the opening slot for the two nights that the Raybeats played.
“I was blown away,” Amis recollected. “It was exciting to hear another band doing original instrumentals, but to also hear such rich arrangements was amazing to me.”
“The bands were kind of opposites,” Irwin said. “The Overtones were kind of straightforward, crisp and ‘pop.’ The Raybeats were kind of free form and all over the place.”
As the adage goes, opposites attract, and the groups hit it off well. Scott and Amis, in particular, “hit it off really well – he was such a great guy and we had so much in common musically,” Amis said.
“I don’t think there was a single instrumental record that they didn’t know about,” Irwin said. “I think they stayed up all night listening to and gabbing about records. It was cool that there was another instrumental band out there.”
Their new friendship didn’t end with the Raybeats’ return to New York. Scott and Amis maintained a correspondence and Scott would stay at Amis’ apartment whenever he was in the Twin Cities area, “which happened a lot since he had so many projects going,” Amis recalled.