A Batman In Memphis

In case you missed it over the weekend, Adam West, who played Batman on the ABC non-animated series back in the 1960’s, passed away at the age of 88.

Mostly known these days as the fictional mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on the Family Guy cartoon, West once made an unusual appearance on the televised wrestling matches emanating from Memphis about half a decade before comedian Andy Kaufman frequently appeared there. The wrestling shows drew high ratings in the area for the hour and a half the matches are promotional material for bouts in the region, so it seemed a logical place for Mr. West to plug his appearance at a local car show.

Also making an appearance was a rising star named Jerry Lawler, still at this stage of his career quite the villainous heel. Lawler dons a Superman outfit to promoting the eventual arrival of a new character, Dr. Frank, made to look like Frankenstein. Long time wrestling announcer and local weatherman Dave Brown tries to make sense out of it all, and at times has a hard time keeping a straight face through all of this.

Just remember to use your left and right turn indicators.

Flashback: “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers Band

With Gregg Allman’s passing on Saturday, I’d thought I’d share my favorite Allman Brothers tune, and one of my favorite instrumental pieces.

“Jessica” came out in 1973, and while it wasn’t a major hit at its release, peaking at #65 on the Billboard charts, but it’s one of those songs that you know what it is when you hear it: a good little piece of southern fried rock and roll.

Flashback: “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran

Had to play this one this week in memory of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, one of the few actors to have played James Bond in the movies…

Duran Duran took this to the top of the Billboard charts in the summer of 1985, making this the first song from a Bond film to go to #1. It was also probably the peak point of their popularity in the 1980’s, and was the last film where Moore played the role of Bond, James Bond.

Roger, Over And Out

It’s funny how you sometimes remember the smallest details in your life, like where you were when you first discovered something.

I remember where I was when I saw Fox News for the first time. It was on July 25, 1999 in Westchester County, New York, where I was for a relative’s wedding. (Actually, the wedding itself was in a church in The Bronx, but everything else took place in Westchester.) Then, when I came back to the Tampa Bay area from living in Charlotte, North Carolina for a year, FNC was on the cable system I had.

As many know now, Roger Ailes passed on Thursday at age 77. Not only did he have a hand in the creation of Fox News, but also was involved in the formation of MSNBC and the discovery of Rush Limbaugh for his national syndication run. 

Certainly I get why a lot of people hated Roger professionally and personally. However, I think the true test of the value of somebody’s life is to see if their field of expertise could be recreated if they hadn’t existed, or perhaps better put, if their accomplishments had changed anything.

I guess the argument could be made that TV and the political realm would have existed without Ailes, but it most definitely the face of each field changed under him. Again, some would say not for the better, bit it did change none the less.

Flashback: “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden

Modern music and I don’t get along all that well.

I’ve always felt pop/rock music peaked in the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s. But that’s just me. In the 90’s I started listening to the Heavy Metal side more. Pearl Jam. Alice In Chains. Nirvana and the genius Kurt Cobain, and the tragic waste of his life and talents due to his suicide. Metallica and “Enter Sandman” which the New York Yankees would use for Mariano Rivera when he came into scores of baseball games. Seemed at the time that’s where culture was going.

But I did know who Chris Cornell was, a member in a band called Soundgarden being among his contributions. Always liked this song in particular, along with another hit of theirs called “Spoonman” that I always thought had a good beat to it.

Cornell passed away a few days back at age 52, reportedly by suicide. RIP, and thanks for the memories.