Monday, April 16, 2007

Ramblings: "Bad News" Brown Is Gone & Great Glass Elevator Has Arrived



"For my life's too short for waiting when I see the rising sun.
Then I know again that I must carry on."
Badfinger


On March 6th, another wrestling legend from my youth passed away. The tough as nails wrestler ... "Bad News" Brown (Allen Coage)...died after suffering from severe chest pains. He was 63.

Little mention of his death was provided by the media...And that is a real shame because he gave many youngsters...like me...plenty of reckless wrestling action to enjoy and argue about with friends all through the summers.

Every young boy knew who "Bad News" Brown was...if they were growing up during the '80's and '90's. WWF was just breaking out and it was huge. And "Bad News" Brown was just one of a short list of truly great wrestlers who put on terrific matches.

Although "Bad News" found himself on the losing end of most of the BIG matches...he never went to the mat easily. His toughness was unrivaled and he had a high threshold for pain. Other wrestlers have always given props to "Bad News" for making the matches look good. This meant that most of his punches connected and his body slams were seldom gentle...Not to mention his trademark finishing move..."The Ghetto Blaster".

His most famous victory came at Wrestlemania IV (held at the Trump Towers in Atlantic City in 1988) where he won the coveted 20-man Battle Royal. In the WWF, he also had some wicked ongoing feuds with Jake "The Snake" Roberts as well as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

His greatest achievement was his seldom-mentioned prowess outside the WWF. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal..."Bad News" became the only American...EVER!...to win an Olympic medal in judo's heavyweight division. That's Oz!

How sad to learn another childhood hero of mine is gone.
Thanks for the memories, "Bad News".

Indie Introduction:

Great Glass Elevator...a 5 piece band out of Southern California have been honing their sound for just about 3 years. They're pretty good.

I especially enjoy the bass work (Andrew Honore) and nice synth (Matt Mason) that seems to drive the band, along with the drummer (Josh Stephens). who provides just the necessary poundage on the skins.

Tasty melodic vocals provide a nice timbre that carry some oft-times deliciously strange...often tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The song "Crocodile Tears" quickly comes to mind...A song about legends....Steve Irwin among them...and how they are glad Bob Dylan has three syllables and ends with "n", too. The music GGE gives us is all pretty good stuff!

Go HERE and freely download four songs and a video by Great Glass Elevator.

The songs immediately sound familiar...in a fresh way...easy to warm up to. (pardon my ending preposition). Anyway...I've liked what I've heard. I think you will, too.


Badfinger-->"Carry On Till Tomorrow" off Magic Christian Music (1970) (Own This CD)

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