Image via Homage.com
To bring fans to see the miserable Cleveland Indians play the Texas Rangers on June 4, 1974, management decided to sell 10-ounce cups of beer for only 10 cents.
More than 25,000 fans showed up for the event, but management forgot one small detail: drunk people get…
So, about fifteen years ago (aw hell, who am I kidding - closer to twenty), I was pert near obsessed with alternative music. A band named Cracker was one of my absolute favorites. They were witty, they had attitude, and they ROCKED. They really hit their peak in the early\mid 90s, and continue to do their own thing to this day (in a few months, they’ll be playing at the MN Zoo with Barenaked Ladies and Blues Traveler). The main guy behind Cracker was also one of the architects behind Camper Van Beethoven - another band well worth looking into.
Anywho. In an age where a good portion of bands\people we grow up with lose their edge, get weird, or just fade away - it’s comforting to know that some people we idolized as kids are still very much worth the effort. What follows is a very eloquent and measured response to how we consume music in 2012, and what we can do to make things right.
So, conventional wisdom says that if you aim to have a career as a writer, you need to write.
Much more than I’ve been writing.
So, consider this a swift kick in the ass - to myself, from myself. Is it going to be perfect? Absolutely not. But it’s a start. And right now, that’s exactly what I need. Enjoy what follows.
Yes. Andrew W.K. advocates a very pro-party stance.
BTW, John “Strawberry” Fields produced this album. Then moved on the produce the Jonas Brothers. Not quite sure how I feel about that …
1. Even Koko the Gorilla Loved Him
Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood…
… As if you needed more reasons :-)
The King’s Inn - St. Louis Park
The King’s Inn serves king-size cocktails and superb food in a relaxing atmosphere. For a most intimate dining experience, choose the Gourmet Room. King’s Inns are located in St. Louis Park and Highland Village.
It’s hard to believe that this much elegance and beauty existed at a strip mall in St. Louis Park in the early seventies. Were all Minnesotans this good looking back then? Jesus.
Photo scanned from the 1971 promotional book “Minneapolis - City of Lakes”.
I’m just going to sit here and giggle while I try to reconcile this in my brain.
… St. Louis Park?! snicker.
SLP, yo! (However, the painting in the background is REALLY creeping me out … )