1995 - 2005


20-20 - 4 Day Tornado


Soon, the idea of reforming 20/20 was discussed, and Belknap insisted that if they reformed, he had to be the drummer; still all the same age, they wisely opted not to update the name to 40/40. Nevertheless, the time finally seemed right for the band; far from being forgotten, 20/20 actually had the first nationally distributed power pop fanzine, Yellow Pills, named after one of their songs. So in 1993,  20/20 contributed a track "Song of the universe" on the first Yellow Pills Volume of American Pop compiled by Jordan Oakes, editor of the Yellow Pills fanzine and released on the New York based label (now defunct) Big Deal.

Securing a record deal with Oglio Records in 1995, the band recorded its first release in over 10 years, 4 Day Tornado, at Belknap's studio in Tulsa. The band played South by Southwest showcases in 1996 and 1997, and headlined power pop festivals around the country, where they played to packed houses who were blown away at both their ability as a great rock band playing the old favorites and the new songs which highlighted their sets. During this time, they were asked to contribute a track to the excellent Badfinger tribute "Come & Get It" (Copper Records, 1997). Flynt, Allen & Belknap recorded "Day after day" for the tribute in 3 different studios: Austin, Nashville and Tulsa. 20/20 recorded their fifth album, Interstate 20/20, primarily via Federal Express, with basic tracks for some songs being cut at Belknap's Long Branch Studio in Tulsa, but most vocals and hundreds of overdubs being done at both Flynt's Jumping Dog Studio in Austin and Allen's Blue Planet Studio in Nashville. Fans and writers alike agree that the new album is the best work the band has ever done.

20-20 - Interstate

Recently, Flynt also began work on his first ever solo record "Big Blue Heart", including a duet with Dwight Twilley "I See Blue" - a natural when a musician has his own home studio. In only three years, Flynt's Jumping Dog Studio has been filled with local musicians on a daily basis. Like many of us, he's fallen for Austin. "I love Austin," he gushes. "I've never been more at home anywhere. I like living in a lot of different places -- New York, L.A., Tulsa, Dallas, but I've never been happier anywhere than in Austin. The music scene is so great. A lot of times people talk about it as the "Velvet Rut", you can get into it and it's so comfortable here that you can just sorta let time go by and you don't work. But it's had just the opposite effect on me. I've never worked as much, since we got here and I got a little bit established. Since then, I've just been busy all the time. I've been so lucky to get to record with so many great people. My kids like it here. We're all just so happy!"

In addition to recording and producing Blue Cartoon's first local release in 1997, Ron Flynt has also been playing keyboards for Scrappy Jud Newcomb as part of the local guitar slinger's Southbound Monarchs. Flynt has also been doing a lot of songwriting with several local musicians. Around 2001, Steve Allen released his own solo album "In & Out Of The Light". A well played mix of blues-based rock, a few mellower numbers (the inspired "Surfin' with Jimi" could have been titled "The Wind Cries Jimi") and the obligatory reggae spiked ditty ("Completely Free" - good tune), the songs all have solid craftsmanship and come alive thanks to Allen's fretboard magic. Allen gets playing/writing assistance from notable dudes like Bill Lloyd, Tommy Heath and former 20/20 teammate Ron Flynt.

"We're going to continue to work the 20/20 album for a year," Ron Flynt says. "We're getting radio adds like crazy in the last few weeks, and we'll continue to do more short tours. We're already part way into recording the next album, too. We'll probably bring in a fourth musician in the studio, and use some guest artists next time. I like being able to record in different places, but still have a very unified sound. "One thing I would like to do the next time is cut the album quicker, and do less of it by myself. I'd like to be with Bill or Steve, or we're thinking about having another person come in and play, so that there's more bouncing around of ideas. There's something magical that happens when two people record something together. Something I've gotten from Scrappy is that you really can interact and make a moment better when you're together."

There is something magical that happens when Flynt makes music, actually. But in a final touch of irony, some radio programmers and writers continue to tag 20/20 as "power pop" and say it's not commercially viable. Try telling that to Tom Petty. You'd think Flynt and 20/20 would be called ahead of their time, not retro, now wouldn't you?

In 2005,  solo album from 20/20 Ron Flynt is an astonishing piece; a document of exceptional power pop, a coherent concept album and a literal and metaphorical take of survival in the music business. Joined by his original 20/20 partner Steve Allen and `90s drummer Bill Belknap, Flynt makes the same kind of brainy, breezy yet darkly-lined pop that established his reputation two decades ago.

back to 20/20 first part 1975 - 1983

(source: Bomp Magazine, Ron Flynt, Steve Allen, Chris Saligyi, Austinchronicle.com)



20 20 - Giving It All (Bomp)

20-20 - Cheri

20 20 - Cheri (Italy)

20-20 - First Album 1979

GIVING IT ALL - 1978 (single)

CHERI - 1979 (single France)

CHERI - 1979 (single Italy)

20/20 - 1979

20 20 - Look Out - 1981

20 20 - Strange Side Of Love

20-20 - Sex Trap - 1982

20-20 - Sex Trap - 1983

LOOK OUT! - 1981

STRANGE SIDE - 1981 (single)

SEX-TRAP - 1982

SEX-TRAP - 1983

20-20 - Sex Trap - 1999 Japan

20-20 - 4 Day Tornado 1995

20-20 - Interstate - 1998

SEX-TRAP - 1999

4 DAY TORNADO - 1995


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