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jul 9th 2013
And now class, time for this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks. If you’ve seen the movie Woodstock or listened to the Woodstock album then you have seen or heard The Who’s performance the highlights of which were Tommy and Summertime Blues. But something happened during their performance that never made the movie or the album.
As they were doing their performance on that Sunday morning, Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman was sitting on the stage with concert organizer Michael Lang. Hoffman had been working in the medical tent since the opening of the festival. He was also high on LSD. Hoffman had become increasingly determined to call attention to the plight of a guy named John Sinclair who had been given a 10-year prison sentence for passing two marijuana cigarettes to an undercover narcotics officer. So Hoffman jumped on stage during a brief break in the Who’s performance, grabbed the microphone and shouted quote, “I think this is a pile of (you know what) while John Sinclair rots in prison!” Peter Townsend yelled at him “F-off. F-off my f-ing stage and struck Hoffman with his guitar. Hoffman jumped off the stage and disappeared into the crowd.
And that is this week’s See Me Feel Me lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
Class Dismissed!
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jul 9th 2013
   And now class, it’s time for this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
     We were all sad to learn of Monday’s passing of Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. He was 74 when he died of bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany.
     Had it not been for basketball and a guy named Yogi, we may have never heard of Ray Manzarek. Manzarek grew up on the South Side of Chicago. His first love was basketball but he only wanted to play power forward or center. So when his high school coach insisted he either play guard or not at all, he quit the team. Manzarek later said if it was not for that ultimatum, he might have never been with the Doors.
   Manzarek and Jim Morrison met at UCLA’s film school where Morrison showed Manzarek a few songs he had written and he sang for him a rough version of “Moonlight Drive.” Manzarek liked the songs and the Doors became reality.
   So how did drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger arrive on the scene? Manzarek met them at a Transcendental Meditation lecture. Said Densmore, “There wouldn’t be any Doors without Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.”
   And that gentlemen is this week’s “People Are Strange” lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
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may 22nd 2013
I had a very cool experience recently at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.                 
As a member of the media I was invited to be one of the first people of the season
to ride the JUMPSTART. It's a fully-operational, full-size Harley-Davidson motorcycle
that has its front wheel secured as the back wheel rests on a tumbler that allows the
rider (or novice rider in my case) the chance to really FEEL what it's like to ride a Harley-Davidson.
I've always heard from Harley riders that it's an experience like nothing else you've ever done. 
They were absolutely right on!
Check Out the video of my experience on the JUMPSTART



From the moment you turn the key, crack the throttle and hear that unmistakable
Harley 'potato' sound, you begin to feel different as if something has taken over,
crawled inside and rearranged your DNA. I felt more muscular, taller - more 'manly'.
I may have grown a beard while on the JUMPSTART also - not positive about that though.
A feeling of freedom took over -as if I suddenly didn't have a care in the world- raced up
my spine to my brain and out my fingers as I squeezed off another gear.
Put it this way... if the cycle suddenly jumped off its moorings and onto the highway...
I'd really have to think twice about bringing it back.
It's the coolest you can feel with no equipment required - except the ear-to-ear grin on my face.
No knowledge or previous motorcycle experience is necessary to ride the Jumpstart
and the motorcycle will not tip over. Trust me there - because I would've done it.
All you need is the desire to ride a Harley-Davidson - and, honestly, who doesn't have that.
A BIG Thank You to the Harley-Davidson Museum for a truly revolutionary experience
I'm still buzzing about.
- J.J.

If you want to ride the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART - here's the link FEEL THE  RUMBLE

As if that wasn't enough incentive, Harley is offering a Buy One, Get One offer for
Milwaukee Brewers tickets when you try out the JUMPSTART. Brewer Ticket Offer

Legendary Exhibits, Great Food and Free Parking - Only at the Harley-Davidson Museum
in Milwaukee.
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may 13th 2013
Time now for this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
Today’s lesson features some little known tidbits about Pink Floyd. First, their name. Where did it come from? They were originally known as the “Tea Set”, until band member Syd Barrett came across a blues album that featured the names of two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
     Pink Floyd played their first concert in 1971. On the bill with them, Buffy Sainte Marie and The 1910 Fruit Gum Company.
     It’s estimated that one in every twelve people in the world have a copy of “Dark Side of The Moon.”
    And finally, something we’ve all wondered, what’s with the telephone operator at the end of “Young Lust?” Well, ‘The Wall’ tells the story of Pink, a rock star away from home in search of wealth and fame and who has casual sex with groupies. He places a telephone call to his wife who is at their home in England and a man answers at which point Pink realizes his wife was cheating on him. Now, the album’s co-producer James Gutherie wanted realism in that phone call, so he placed a real call from Los Angeles to his neighbor in London. The operator was real but she didn’t know she was being recorded. And truth be told, the operator heard in the recording is the second operator they tried the routine with after the first operator’s reaction was deemed unsatisfactory.
And that class, is this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
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may 2nd 2013
I CAUGHT 'TEEN WOLF' (1985) ON T.V. THIS WEEKEND AND COULDN'T HELP BUT THINKING ABOUT PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER JASON COLLINS' ADMISSION THAT HE WAS GAY AND HOW HIS STORY IS EERILY SIMILAR TO THE PLIGHT OF SCOTT HOWARD (A.K.A. TEEN WOLF) IN THE MOVIE.

THE MORE I DUG INTO IT, THE MORE I WAS CONVINCED THAT 'TEEN WOLF' WAS 'THE JASON COLLINS STORY' OF THE 1980'S.
NOT CONVINCED? HERE ARE THE FACTS.

BOTH ARE BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF A BARELY PASSABLE LEVEL.

THEY CAN BOTH DUNK.

AFTER COMING OUT THEY BRING A NEW SPOTLIGHT ON THE SPORT OF BASKETBALL.

JASON COLLINS PLAYED BRIEFLY FOR THE TIMBERWOLVES… TEEN WOLF IS A TIMBERWOLF.

GENETICALLY SPEAKING… TEEN WOLF AND JASON COLLINS WOULD BE DESCRIBED AS HAVING AN ‘UNIQUE PEDIGREE’.

THE ATTENTION TEEN WOLF AND JASON COLLINS GET FROM THEIR ADMISSION GARNERS THEM BOTH ADMIRATION AND DISGUST AMONGST THEIR PEERS.

TEEN WOLF’S JERSEY NUMBER IS 42…THE SAME AS BASEBALL PLAYER JACKIE ROBINSON…       WHOM JASON COLLINS HAS BEEN FAVORABLY COMPAIRED TO

THEY ARE NOW MORE RESPECTED AND ADMIRED AFTER THEY CAME OUT.

THEY BOTH HAVE AGENTS – (TEEN WOLF) STYLES / (JASON COLLINS) ARN TELLEM.

JASON COLLINS IS SAID TO HAVE ‘COME OUT OF THE CLOSET’…. THERE’S A SCENE IN THE MOVIE
WHERE TEEN WOLF COMES OUT OF A CLOSET AT A PARTY.

WEREWOLVES HISTORICALLY HAVE BEEN USED AS A PLOT DEVICE IN THE COMMENTARY ON THE ‘DUALITY OF MAN’… JASON COLLINS IS A TWIN - A LITERAL DUALITY OF MAN.

TEEN WOLF’S FATHER TELLS HIM THAT HIS CONDITION SKIPS A GENERATION … JASON COLLINS’ YOUNGER, TWIN BROTHER IS NOT GAY.

THE RECENT ‘TEEN WOLF' SERIES ON MTV WAS SAID BY SOME CRITICS TO BE A MODERN ANALOGY OF GROWING UP AS A GAY YOUTH.

BOTH TEEN WOLF AND JASON COLLINS HAVE SURFED ON TOP OF A VAN – OK I MADE THAT ONE UP.

THEY BOTH HAD HOT, BLONDE GIRLFRIENDS FOR A WHILE.  AND, IN THE SAME SENSE, TEEN WOLF AND JASON COLLINS BOTH HAD ‘BEARDS’.

AFTER ITS INITIAL RUN, THE FILM GROSSED $33,086,661 DOMESTICALLY… JASON COLLINS CAREER SALARY IS JUST OVER 32 MILLION DOLLARS.

THEY BOTH PROVE THAT BEING WHO YOU REALLY ARE INSIDE IS A GOOD THING.
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apr 29th 2013
AND NOW FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS. THIS WEEK’S LESSON IS ABOUT A LADY NAMED PATRICIA MAE ANDRZEJEWSKI WHO WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN IN 1953. HER POLISH DAD, ANDREW WAS A METAL WORKER. MOM MILDRED WAS A BEAUTICIAN. PATRICIA WAS INTERESTED IN THEATER AND MUSIC AT AN EARLY AGE AND SHE PERFORMED IN ALL KINDS OF SCHOOL PLAYS, THEATER, PARADES AND CHOIRS.
   INITIALLY SHE PLANNED TO ATTEND THE JULLIARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC, BUT TO EVERYONE’S SURPRISE SHE PURSUED A HEALTH EDUCATION CAREER, MARRIED HER HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART AND WORKED AS A BANK TELLER OUTSIDE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.
     SHE QUIT HER BANK TELLER JOB AND PURSUED A SINGING CAREER IN 1973 AFTER BEING INSPIRED BY A LIZA MINNELLI CONCERT.
     ULTIMATELY SHE WOULD WIN FOUR GRAMMYS FOR BEST FEMALE ROCK PERFORMANCE FROM 1980 TO 1983 AND SHE IS NOW IN THE LONG ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
     AND IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHO PATRICIA MAE ANDRZEJEWSKI IS, AT LEAST TAKE A GUESS. HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT.
   AND THAT, CLASS, IS THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
   

  
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apr 29th 2013
AND NOW FOR TODAY’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
WE COULD ALMOST CALL THE PERSON IN TODAY’S LESSON A LOCAL GIRL. GRACE BARNETT WING WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 30 1939 IN EVANSTON ILLINOIS. SHE WAS OF NORWEGIAN AND SWEDISH DESCENT. IN FACT, HER ANCESTORS CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE MAYFLOWER. HER FATHER WAS AN INVESTMENT BANKER. SHE WENT TO A PRIVATE ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA, ATTENDED FINCH COLLEGE IN NEW YORK AS WELL AS THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. SHE MADE QUITE A BIT OF MONEY AS A MODEL SO WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND FORMED A BAND, ‘THE GREAT SOCIETY’, IT WAS JUST FOR FUN.
LATER ANOTHER LOCAL BAND – JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - THAT HAD LOST THEIR LEAD SINGER ASKED GRACE TO JOIN THEM. GRACE EVEN BROUGHT WITH HER TWO SONGS SHE WROTE AS A MEMBER OF THE GREAT SOCIETY – ‘SOMEBODY TO LOVE’ AND ‘WHITE RABBIT’ WHICH SHE SAID SHE WROTE IN ONE HOUR. THE AIRPLANE VERSION OF WHITE RABBIT WAS DIFFERENT THAN THE GREAT SOCIETY’S VERSION.  GRACE WAS A MUSICIAN ON THE GREAT SOCIETY’S VERSION – SHE PLAYED OBOE.
AND A FOOTNOTE – IN 1969 DURING THE DICK CAVETT SHOW, GRACE SLICK BECAME THE FIRST PERSON TO SAY “M-F” ON LIVE TELEVISION.
AND AS WE WRAP UP TODAY’S LESSON, REMEMBER, “IF YOU GO CHASIN’ RABBITS AND YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO FALL, TELL ‘EM A HOOKAH SMOKIN’ CATERPILLAR GAVE YOU THE CALL. GO ASK ALICE WHEN SHE’S TEN FEET TALL.”
AND THAT CLASS IS THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
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apr 29th 2013
TIME NOW FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
OUR TOPIC THIS WEEK -- MARC BOLAN – FRONTMAN FOR THE GLAMROCK BAND T-REX KNOWN BEST FOR THE SONG “GET IT ON, BANG A GONG”.
TODAY’S LESSON IS NOT ABOUT MARC BOLAN’S LIFE, BUT RATHER HIS DEATH.
IT WAS THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 16TH 1977. BOLAN AND GIRLFRIEND GLORIA JONES WERE IN BOLAN’S  ROLLS ROYCE.  THEY WERE HEADING HOME AFTER A NIGHT AT MORTON’S DRINKING  CLUB IN SOUTHWEST LONDON. THEY WERE LESS THAN 2 MILES FROM HOME WHEN THE CAR WENT OFF THE ROAD  AND SLAMMED INTO A SYCAMORE TREE. BOLAN WAS KILLED INSTANTLY.
PEOPLE LIKE DAVID BOWIE AND ROD STEWART CAME TO HIS FUNERAL.
AND THAT CLASS IS THIS WEEK'S LESSON IN HARD ROCKS.

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apr 15th 2013
The folks at K-Mart (you remember K-Mart, right?) recently released a new ad that's one of the funniest I've seen in a long time. I mean pants-shippingly funny. Enjoy.

--Elwood

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mar 11th 2013
 Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS - Lesson 7 - The RUNAWAYS   


THIS WEEK WE TAKE YOU BACK TO 1975 WHEN FOUR TEENAGE GIRLS GOT TOGETHER TO FORM
A BAND CALLED THE RUNAWAYS. THEY GARNERED A LOT OF MEDIA ATTENTION THANKS TO THEIR
‘JAILBAIT ON THE RUN’ GIMMICK.
   
THE RUNAWAYS WERE MORE THAN JUST A GIMMICK, THEY WERE GOOD. EACH BAND MEMBER
HAD A SPECIAL QUALITY. 
CHERIE CURRIE WAS THE LEAD VOCALIST. HER DOWNFALL AFTER THE BANDBROKE UP IN ’79 WAS DRUG ADDICTION.  HOW TOUGH OF A SINGER WAS SHE? SHE IS NOW AWOODCARVING ARTIST WHO USES A CHAIN SAW TO CREATE HER WORKS.

DRUMMER SANDY WEST HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE BEST FEMALE ROCK DRUMMER OF ALL TIME. SHE WAS A CHAIN SMOKER WHO DIED OF LUNG CANCER IN 2006 AT THE AGE OF 47.

ROSANNA FORD WAS ONE OF THE BAND’S GUITARISTS. ROSANNA FORD WOULD CHANGE HER NAME TO LITA -- LITA FORD.

AND THE OTHER GUITARIST – JOAN MARIE LARKIN WHO IDOLIZED SUZI QUARTO. SHE USED TO HANG OUT AT HOTELS WAITING TO WATCH QUATRO WALK BY. SHE EVEN IMITATED QUATRO’S SHAG HAIRCUT AND PLATFORM SHOES.  JOAN MARIE  LARKIN, WHO WOULD CHANGE HER LAST NAME TO JETT. JOAN JETT.
AND THAT STUDENTS IS THE HISTORY BEHIND THE RUNAWAYS – THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S
SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.

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mar 4th 2013
Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS
LESSON 6 - Rick Derringer   

IT WAS 1965 WHEN A 17-YEAR-OLD KID NAMED RICHARD ZEHRINGER FORMED A BAND CALLED THE MC-COYS AND THEY HAD A HIT SONG CALLED “HANG ON SLOOPY” -- A SONG THAT WAS SO BIG IN THE SUMMER OF 1965 THAT ONLY THE BEATLES’ “YESTERDAY” KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE TOP SPOT.
     HOW GOOD WERE THE MC-COYS? GOOD ENOUGH THAT THEY OPENED FOR THE ROLLING STONES ENTIRE 1966 AMERICAN TOUR.
     RICHARD WENT ON TO PLAY GUITAR FOR JOHNNY WINTER AND  EDGAR WINTER. HE’S ON ALICE COOPER’S KILLER ALBUM. HE OPENED FOR LED ZEPPLIN AND HE PERFORMED MANY OF THE WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION SONGS INCLUDING “REAL AMERICAN” WHICH WAS HULK HOGAN’S THEME SONG.
     HE APPEARED ON A KISS ALBUM, TOURED WITH CYNDI LAUPER AND IN 2011 HE TOURED WITH RINGO STARR’S ALL-STAR BAND.
     EARLY IN HIS CAREER HIS BAND WENT THROUGH A FEW NAME CHANGES THAT INCLUDED  “THE RICK Z COMBO” AND “RICK AND THE RAIDERS”. BUT RICHARD ZEHRINGER CHANGED HIS NAME FOR GOOD WHEN A RECORD COMPANY KNOWN AS

BANG RECORDS SIGNED THE MC-COYS AND ISSUED ‘HANG ON SLOOPY’. YOU SEE, THE BANG RECORDS LOGO WAS -  A  DERRINGER.
    
AND THAT IS THIS WEEK’S ROCK AND ROLL HOOCHIE KOO LESSON  FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF ROCKS.


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feb 25th 2013
Z’s School of Hard Rocks - LESSON 5 - JIMI HENDRIX

BOYS, IT’S TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
JOHNNY ALLEN WAS HIS NAME. HE WAS BORN IN 1942. HIS MOM LUCILLE WAS JUST 17.  THE FAMILY SIMPLY REFERRED TO HIM AS BUSTER. SOON AFTER, BUSTER’S TWO LITTLE BROTHERS WERE BORN.

DAD WALKED OUT, MOM DIED IN 1958 AND BUSTER LIVED WITH RELATIVES AND AQUAINTENCES.
BUSTER TAUGHT HIMSELF TO PLAY GUITAR – FIRST BY STRUMMING HIS DAD’S BROOM.

BUSTER WOULD LATER TURN TO CRIME AND HE WAS GIVEN A CHOICE, JAIL OR TWO YEARS IN THE ARMY. HE CHOSE THE ARMY BUT WAS DISCHARGED A YEAR LATER BECAUSE HE HAD NO DISCIPLINE.

BUSTER GOT GOOD AT GUITAR. GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY BACKUP FOR LITTLE RICHARD. SAM COOKE AND THE ISLEY BROTHERS.
HE BOUGHT SOME OF HIS OUTLANDISH STAGE CLOTHES FROM DESIGNER CHRIS JAGGER – MICK JAGGER’S BROTHER.

AND BUSTER HAD FUN WITH HIS FANS WHO SEEMED TO MIS-HEAR ONE OF BUSTER’S LYRICS. ON STAGE, BUSTER WOULD POINT TO BASS PLAYER NOEL REDDING OR DRUMMER MITCH MITCHELL WHEN HE SANG, “SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY (THIS GUY).”




BUSTER. . JIMI HENDRIX. IN THE SKY SINCE SEPTEMBER 18TH 1970.
I WAS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT DAY AND WHEN I FOUND OUT HE DIED I LEFT SCHOOL EARLY AND WENT TO MY JOB AT THE LOCAL DRUG STORE. IT WAS A THURSDAY, BUT IT FELT LIKE GOOD FRIDAY.  GOD HAD DIED.

AND THAT, GENTLEMEN, IS THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
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feb 18th 2013


We're participating in the 2013 Bowl for Kids' Sake event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters - Fox Valley Region...

...AND we want to raise WAY more money than our sister station 95.9 Kiss FM does!

Two ways you can help:
  1. Donate to support the WAPL team that includes Elwood, Borna, Tim, and more...
  2. Sign up your own bowling team of 5-6 people and raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters!
We need an additional seven teams to play on behalf of WAPL. Help us out, bowl some games, have some beers, and make a difference in kids' lives right here in Northeast Wisconsin.

Click here to donate or to create your own team!
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feb 16th 2013
Boys, this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks is about a man who many radio listeners think is a fictitious character. But he was very real. Born March 5, 1902 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and died April 27, 1988 in Gainesville, Florida.

     He didn’t start doing what he was best known for until he was 29 years old. But he got good at it – bowhunting that is. He went on to become a world traveler, film producer, founded an outdoor sports company and there is a museum in Grayling Michigan that bears his name.

     He really was Ted Nugent’s friend. They bow hunted together. And in song, Ted calls upon this man’s spirit when he says, “We’re not alone when we’re in the great outdoors. We got his spirit, we got his soul. He will guide our steps and our arrows home. I’m glad to have you at my side my friend and I’ll join you in the big hunt before too long.”

   That was Ted, singing about his friend Fred. Not a fictitious character, but someone who really existed -- Fred Bear.

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feb 16th 2013
Our rock history lesson today is about a woman born in 1948 in Ontario, Canada. Cathy Evelyn Smith was her name.

She served time in the California State Prison system for manslaughter. She was the person who supplied the drugs to comedian John Belushi that killed him.


But you know Cathy Evelyn Smith by another name, for something she did in the 70’s. That’s when she joined up with a famous musician. She was a backup singer for him, co-wrote songs with him. She even drove the tour bus. And she was this married singer’s mistress as well, which led to the musician’s divorce which at that time was the most expensive in Canadian history.

This musician-mistress relationship weighed heavily on this musician which led him into the world of drugs. He had to end the relationship and when he did he wrote a song about her. The beginning lyrics to the song are, “I can see her lyin’ back in her satin dress in a room where you do what you don’t confess. Sundown, you’d better take care if I find you been creepin’’round my backstairs.

The musician was Gordon Lightfoot. Cathy Evelyn Smith is Sundown.

And that is this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.

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feb 16th 2013
THIS WEEK’S LESSON IS ABOUT HOW TWO FARMERS  BORN NEARLY 300 YEARS APART BOTH PLAYED A PART IN MAKING ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY.
     THE FIRST FARMER WAS BORN IN BASILDON, BERKSHIRE ENGLAND IN 1674.
HE WOULD REVOLUTIONIZE BRITISH FARMING BY INVENTING A HORSE-DRAWN SEED-DRILL THAT ECONOMICALLY PLANTED SEEDS IN THE GROUND. FARMERS NO LONGER HAD TO PLANT ONE SEED AT A TIME.
     THE OTHER FARMER IS A SALMON FARMER – A MR. ANDERSEN.  AS WE SPEAK, MR. ANDERSEN EMPLOYS 400 PEOPLE ON HIS SALMON FARM IN STRAITHAIRD SCOTLAND.  IT IS THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT SMOKED SALMON FIRM IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
     I SAW THIS SALMON FARMER ON STAGE IN 1969 AT THE BUSHNELL MEMORIAL IN HARTFORD CONNECTICUT. WHAT I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT THAT NIGHT IS THAT HALFWAY THRU THE PERFORMANCE HE WAS CALLED OFF STAGE. HE CAME BACK ON STAGE WITH A JAR OF BABY FOOD AND A SPOON. HE HAD JUST BEEN INFORMED HIS WIFE HAD A BABY BACK IN SCOTLAND.
     THIS SALMON FARMER, MR. ANDERSON REVOLUTIONIZED ROCK MUSIC BECAUSE UNTIL THAT TIME NO ROCKER EVER PLAYED A FLUTE. YES, MR. ANDERSON – FARMER ANDERSON – IS  IAN ANDERSON WHO NAMED HIS BAND AFTER THAT OTHER FARMER BORN IN 1674 – JETHRO TULL.
     AND THAT  IS THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.



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feb 16th 2013
   OUR FIRST LESSON BRIDGES OLD ROCK WITH THE NEW.
   IN THE WEEKS PRIOR TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY’S 1963 ASSASSINATION, ONE OF THE TOP HITS ON THE CHARTS WAS A SONG CALLED ‘DEEP PURPLE’. IF YOU WERE AROUND THEN, YOU KNOW THE SONG. OTHERWISE YOU PROBABLY RECOGNIZE IT FROM OLDIES RADIO.
   THE SONG WAS RECORDED BY A BROTHER-AND-SISTER ACT, NINO TEMPO AND APRIL STEVENS WHO WERE FROM FROM NIAGRA FALLS, NEW YORK.
   HERE’S A SNIPPET OF THE SONG. GIVE A LISTEN AND THEN I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE STUDIO AS THE SONG WAS BEING RECORDED.
  
                                              


HE WAS SINGING. SHE WAS TALKING. WHAT WAS GOING ON? WELL, ON THE DAY OF THE RECORDING, HE, NINO TEMPO, DIDN’T KNOW THE LYRICS TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SONG. SO SHE, APRIL STEVENS TALKED THE WORDS INTO HIS HEADSET AND HE FOLLOWED. ON PLAYBACK, THE SOUND ENGINEER WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY BACK ONLY TEMPO SINGING, BUT INSTEAD HE PLAYED BACK BOTH TRACKS. THE PRODUCER LOVED IT AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH NINO TEMPO FOUGHT IT BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT ANYONE TALKING ON HIS RECORD, BOTH VOICES STAYED. DEEP PURPLE – BY THE WAY, THAT PHRASE HAS MYSTICAL CONNOTATIONS IN THE OCCULT WORLD. THAT’S THE FIRST PART OF THE HISTORY LESSON.
   THE FOLLOW UP: 5 YEARS LATER IN  1968 A GUY NAMED RITCHIE BLACKMORE JOINED A BAND AND THE BAND COULDN’T DECIDE ON A NAME. THEY ALMOST DECIDED ON THE NAME “CONCRETE GODS”.  BUT THEY FELT THE NAME “CONCRETE GODS” WAS A BIT HARSH. THAT WAS WHEN  BLACKMORE SUGGESTED THEY NAME THE BAND AFTER HIS GRANDMOTHER’S FAVORITE SONG – DEEP PURPLE.
     AND YOUR FIRST LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS IS COMPLETE.



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feb 12th 2013
It's State of the Union night, people, so let's get drinking! The crew at DebateDrinking.com always put together some solid political drinking games, so we'll rely on their rules for tonight's speech from the President. A few of the highlights:

a Start off right. Take a drink if the state of the union is 'strong' - take two drinks if it is anything other than strong.

Take a drink* when you hear any of the following words or phrases:

  • Let me be clear
  • The time for [anything[ is now
  • Robot Uprising
  • Middle Class
  • Lincoln
And plenty more... Click here for the complete DebateDrinking.com rules.

Plus we're adding the following WAPL Road Show rules for tonight:
  • Drink if the president is seen lip-syncing his speech like Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem at his inauguration.
  • Drink if guest Ted Nugent has an outburst.
  • If Ted Nugent is dragged from the chamber in a Secret Service stranglehold, finish your beer and grab another.
  • If Mitt Romney storms the room in a disheveled bathrobe screaming, "The job should have been mine! MINE!!!" just turn off the TV and call it a night.
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feb 11th 2013
Bill Nye the Science Guy is awesomely smart. CNN anchors... not so much?

Between the big east coast snow storms last week and a 150-foot asteroid that's going to get really close to Earth next week, there was plenty of sciency stuff for Bill to help explain when he popped up on CNN. Unfortunately the anchor, Deb Feyerick, had to ask the insanely stupid question of whether the asteroid might be caused by global warming.

Maybe she got mixed upbetween her two topics. Maybe she unclear on the difference between "meteorology" (the study of weather) and actual meteors. Or mabye she's just dumb. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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feb 8th 2013
Today the Onion's AV Club published their critics' picks for the best album-opening one-two punches. Since it is the AV Club, many of their picks delve into some more obscure indie titles. Click the link above to check out their picks. However, we've got a couple picks of our own.

Elwood's choices:
  • Led Zeppelin IV: "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll"
  • Metallica's Black Album: "Enter Sandman" and "Sad But True"
  • Foo Fighters Wasting Light: "Bridges Burning" and "Rope"
I was going to go with the one-two punch of "Hells Bells" and "Shoot to Thrill" from AC/DC's Back in Black, but the opening pair on side two of the album ("Back in Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long") is way better.

John's pick:
  • "Once" and "Even Flow" from Pearl Jam's Ten.

What are your favorite album-opening one-two punches?
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