• Hope you enjoy the memories!
    More music memories from 1988!
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  • What was Thomas Jefferson doing when he wrote the first draft of the Constitution? Drinking Beer. In a tavern. And that is how we got FREEDOM!
    A big thanks to my new sponsor, The Brass Tap – Craft Beer Bar, 421 Main St. in Cedar Falls. My new favorite place to enjoy a beer…. Or three.
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  • In St. Louis, Missouri, it’s illegal to drink beer from a bucket while sitting on a curb. Whatever happened to FREEDOM?!?!
    So, I’ve been pretty proud of this blog celebrating craft beer. It’s been growing and getting more attention from all over. I appreciate that you are reading and hopefully you’re searching out some of my suggested brews. Craft Beer is a labor of love. Ask any brewmaster (I will have an interview with some in the near future), creating a tasty beer takes time, science, a sensitive palate and knowledge of what makes the different beers so unique. Starting next week, this blog will have a sponsor and I will be discussing some of their offerings, ON AIR, a few times a week. Listen for those starting this Monday afternoon, during my show!
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  • Remember the sound of 1978? Remember the albums that created that sound?
    SIX: VAN HALEN – Van Halen (Feb. 10) The debut from the Van Halen brothers, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony, set the world on fire. With the screeching vocals from Roth, the extremely high harmonies from Anthony, the “big” sound of Alex’s multi-tom drum kit and the self-taught, self-created “Brown sound” and virtuosity of Eddie, the L.A. quartet who had been electrifying club audiences, finally nails down a record company in Warner Brothers. Originally, Gene Simmons of KISS, produced their demo but turned them down for his fledgling record company. Most of what was on that demo was rerecorded with Ted Templeman for Warner Bros, mostly live in studio and in just 3 weeks! After its release, the U.S. found out what L.A. rock fans already knew – a new guitar god! From the opening track, “Running With The Devil” this album set forth the hard rock that the 80s would be known for, and 2 years early! “Eruption/You Really Got Me” (the latter a Kinks cover) started getting FM Rock radio airplay and blew the minds of guitarists, young and old. They either strived to perfect it, note for note, or sold their guitars and walked away from ever trying. Add to these awesome first 3 songs, a near perfect rock album in the midst of the disco “crisis”, with “Jamie’s Cryin’”, “Feel Your Love Tonight”, and a rockin’ cover of the old blues tune, “Ice Cream Man”, this album was awarded Platinum status in less than a year of its release and eventually Diamond status, selling 10 million plus albums.
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  • Introduced my wife to an old friend last weekend and we had drinks. Wife and old friend had wine (a lot) and old friend’s beau and I had beer!
    The wife and I went to the QC this past weekend and met up with an old friend who’s been wanting to meet her for years. We had been to the Isle Casino in Bettendorf for some gambling (I watched roulette for 2 hours while my wife played machines – walked out $250 ahead! Take that Isle!)
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  • Hope you enjoy the memories!
    TWENTY-SIX: LIVING COLOUR – Vivid (May 3) This is the band’s debut and because of MTV airplay and radio, “Cult Of Personality” which featured many audio snippets from 20th Century world leaders and cultural icons, Like Malcom X, President John F. Kennedy and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It went Top 20 and peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, “Middle Man” got very little airplay but the infectious “Glamor Boys” entered heavy rotation on MTV for a brief period and peaked at #31 on the Hot 100. The social commentary of the ballad, “Open Letter (To A Landlord), also had extensive airplay on MTV and Top 40 radio in more urban areas, due to the message of the plight of those in poverty who live in slums.
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  • Every day should be record store day! Except this day is the Real one!
    Take a gander at what I did on RSD!!
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  • What do you drink with Mucho Nachos? Iowa BEER!
    I’d recently heard of Dorothy’s New World Lager. Then, found that it comes from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company out of Decorah, Iowa. Viking land! Norwegian Northern Iowa! My in-laws are from Waukon, which is just east of there, about 20 miles. I didn’t even know there was a brewery there!
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