Friday, December 11, 2009

So Long Umaga

I'm sure everyone's already heard the news, but Umaga passed away last week of a heart attack. He was only in his late 30s. Umaga was an incredible wrestler who took John Cena, arguably this generation's most dominant pro wrestler, to the limit and even drove the goody two shoes babyface champ to strangle him with the ring ropes. It was the only way Cena could keep "The Samoan Bulldozer" Umaga down. I saw him live at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI last year where he tagged with JBL against DX and they tore the house down. Umaga is a legend and I'm sorry to see him go so soon.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Shane McMahon meets with Dana White, Lesnar sick

According to my top secret inside sources, Shane McMahon recently had a meeting with UFC owner Dana White. McMahon recently resigned from his father's company, World Wrestling Entertainment, and rumors have circulated in recent years that Shane is interested in starting or working with a mixed martial arts promotion. Could it be that he aspires to carve out a niche in the world of sports and entertainment that deviates from his father's vision? He would actually be following more closely in his father's footsteps, as Vince McMahon Jr. transformed his own father's more traditional wrestling promotion into the glamorous sports entertainment product of today. Dana White declined to comment publicly about the meeting.

In other news from the mixed martial arts world, former WWE champion and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was recently hospitalized and is suffering from the disease diverticulitis. The disease forms small pouches in the digestive system and will require surgery. Dana White reportedly stated that Lesnar may never fight again. Brock's jiu jitsu trainer, Rodrigo Medeiros, had a much more optimistic outlook, predicting that the champ will be back in fighting shape within six months. Medeiros said "the heavyweights can stop laughing and get ready to start crying because the champion will be back soon".

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sean Mooney Hired By WWE!

It must be the economy, or maybe 80s nostalgia. According to my sources, WWE are unhappy with their current announcers and plan to take make changes, including the rehiring of Sean Mooney. Mooney is best remembered calling matches alongside the late Lord Alfred Hayes on many of 1980s WWF's Coliseum Home Videos.

Here's a video of Mooney and Lord Alfred calling a 1988 match between "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Tito Santana:

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks!

Ever since the success of Mick Foley's 1994 autobiography "Have A Nice Day" proved that there is a surprisingly large public interest in wrestling books, the floodgates opened and the books have been pouring in. In addition to Foley, I've read books by Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, and The Fabulous Moolah just to name a few. But while Hart and Jericho's captivating retrospectives have received a lot of well-deserved positive press from the wrestling media, there is an overlooked gem about which I've heard barely a peep. It is the story of the Hollywood Fashion Plate, "Classy" Freddie Blassie. Blassie and co-author Keith Elliot Greenberg guide us through Blassie's incredible story which also functions as a history of professional wrestling itself, from the carnival side shows of the 1930s to the modern world of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. We meet many other colorful characters along the way, including such Blassie disciples as "The Rockabilly Rasputin" Johnny Legend, former intergender champion Andy Kaufman, and believe it or not, Regis Philbin, who chose Blassie for his first ever guest on television. Blassie was fond of saying that Regis was nothing before Freddie Blassie, a statement which Regis admits is not entirely without merit. The best thing about the book is that it is written with the same grouchy wit with which Blassie was famous for speaking. We are also treated throughout with firsthand accounts of Blassie's exploits from the aformentioned Johnny Legend and Regis, as well as Vince McMahon, George "The Animal" Steele, The Iron Sheik, and Nikolai Volkoff. Here are some samples of Blassie's wit and wisdom:

On modern wrestling:

Today, the few of us who are still alive from that era debate over whether wrestling was better back then. Some give you this bullshit speech, "In my day..." But when they look back, they're only remembering guys like Lou Thesz. They forget about all the boring matches they had to watch, and all the shitty wrestlers who never drew a nickel. And they ignore people on today's WWE roster. I'm convinced that, in a shoot, Chris Benoit would beat 90 percent of the guys I've seen. Brock Lesnar was the NCAA Heavyweight Champion in 2000, and Kurt Angle a gold medalist in the 1996 Olympics. How much better can you get than that? With all deference to Lou, if Kurt had been around in 1948, he might have been the one who held the NWA title for all those years.

On "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers:

Rogers was a fuckin' prick, and a lot of the wrestlers hated him. In 1962, Karl Gotch and Bill Miller beat the shit out of him in a dressing room in Columbus, Ohio. I heard that Rogers had to flee in a jock strap, nursing a broken hand. If you ever had any dealings with that son of a bitch, you'd understand why Gotch and Miller were driven to violence. There was nobody worse.

On his novelty radio hit "Pencil Neck Geek":

To this day, people bring it up all the time. About a week ago, a fan was telling me, "I was just listening to 'Pencil Neck Geek'. Boy, that was a great song." I thought, "Jesus Christ. This guy is stuck for an answer when you say hello." A great song? Shit. I still haven't learned the words to it.

On Andre the Giant:

Although I liked Andre, I found him revolting...On my birthday one year, he insisted on throwing me a celebration. We went to this narrow diner, where there wasn't a lot of room to move around, with a bunch of the boys. The waiter brought the food out, then Andre went up to the door, held it shut, and let out a big fart. Everybody was choking. And Andre was laughing his ass off. "Eat, eat", he was saying. "Do you think it smells nice?" Needless to say, I lost my appetite. When we left the diner, Andre was still gloating over his rib, and handed me a piece of cake. "You forgot to finish it," he chuckled. "Ho, ho, ho." "Ho, ho, ho, your balls," I said and threw the cake in his face.

Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks! by Freddie Blassie with Keith Elliot Greenberg was published in 2003. The Classy one passed away later the same year.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jim Cornette Blasts Republicans And Joey Styles

Wow, I wouldn't have guessed Cornette would be such a diehard Barack Obama supporter. I would love to see a debate between Cornette and Rush Limbaugh on Larry King or Meet The Press. I guess they could invite Joey Styles too. WARNING: Video contains adult language. A lot of it.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Masterpiece To Make WWE Return

According to my sources, former WWE Superstar "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters has signed and new contract with the company and is slated to make his return to television in the near future. Masters was released from his original WWE contract in November 2009 after failing to pass a drug test for the second time. Since his release, Masters wrestled for independent wrestling promotions in the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. I have a couple of friends living in Portland, Oregon who are big fans and are sure to be crying tears of joy at this news. They know who they are.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jose Canseco Destroyed In Debut MMA Fight

Former Major League Baseball player and former VH1 star Jose Canseco lost his first professional MMA fight against humongous Korean fighter Hog Man Choi. Canseco lost the fight by knockout in 1 minute and 17 seconds. The referee stopped the fight during a barrage of fists from Choi to Canseco's head while the two fought on the mat. Canseco was then helped from the ring by his celebrity poker player girlfriend Heidi Northcott. He didn't just lose, he lost bad.

Here's a video of the entire fight from TMZ:

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Mark's History Of Shelton Benjamin

"The Gold Standard" Shelton Benjamin is one of the top wrestling stars in the world. With his bleached blond hair, his cocky swagger, and raw wrestling ability, he is like Dennis Rodman, Little Richard, and Abraham Lincoln all rolled into one. The South Carolina native won Amateur wrestling championships in high school and at the University of Minnesota where he often trained with future UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, and boasted an impressive win-loss record. He then competed for Ohio Valley Wrestling, before being brought into WWE by Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle along with Charlie Haas as part of Team Angle.

At Angle's side, Benjamin and Haas battled The Big Show, Chris Benoit, and Los Guerreros among others, before splitting off on their own and forming The World's Greatest Tag Team. The duo held the WWE tag team championship belts under both names. The two split up when Shelton Benjamin was sent to RAW as a result of the WWE Draft.

Shelton began his singles career with momentum. He claimed victories over top RAW stars like Triple H and battled Chris Jericho, Christian, and Gene Snitsky over the Intercontinental Championship before beginning a sudden, unexpected losing streak. This prompted Shelton's Mama, an actress who played the title character in the short-lived TV sitcom Theia, to appear and accuse her son of "going soft". With Mama Benjamin in his corner, Shelton's fortunes began to turn around.

Mama Benjamin claimed to be in poor health and would sit at ringside in a wheelchair. Some speculated that her claims of poor health were exaggerated due to the fact that Shelton would sometimes wait for the referee to become distracted and then KO his opponent with Mama's large steel oxygen tank. Shelton would then finish his opponent off with his patented T-Bone Suplex much to the satisfaction of Mama Benjamin, who would then pop up out of her wheelchair for a victory dance. However, it seems that Mama Benjamin's health was truly ailing, as she departed WWE soon after.

Most recently, Shelton has been appearing on WWE's Friday Night Smackdown, fighting over the United States Championship against stars like Montel Vontavious Porter, R-Truth, and John Morrison and has become known for stealing the show with death-defying aerial attacks in WWE's Money In The Bank Ladder Match, which has become an annual part of Wrestlemania.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Letter To The Editor

Janne of Finland writes:

Hi Chaz!

I read your 4 Question Survey with Rockin' Ronny Weiser and found some wrong information about my country.

It is not true that Rollin' Rock became so popular in Finland that records by artists like Ray Campi, Mac Curtis, Johnny Legend, Jimmie Lee Maslon and Jackie Lee Cochran crossed over to the pop charts and appeared alongside stars of the day like ABBA and Donna Summer. The only Rollin' Rock record that went to the official pop charts in Finland in 1980-81 was Ray Campi's album Rockabilly Music; it went to Top 30 in February 1981 and stayed one week as number 30. These artists had some very successful concerts and tours here in Finland in 1980-81 (I saw them all except Jimmie Lee Maslon) but their records did not appear on official Top 30. Records of British bands like Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers and Matchbox plus records of a new band from the USA called The Stray Cats crossed over to the top of the pop charts in Finland in 1980-81 and appeared alongside stars of the day.

Regards from Helsinki,


I wrote back saying that I would do some research and fix the post, but in all honesty, I think the post reads better the way it is. Thanks for writing though! If anybody else wants to get in touch with me for any reason I always check myspace messages at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bob Holly Issues Threat To Mr. Kennedy

Various websites are reporting that Bob "Hardcore" Holly's upcoming RF Video shoot interview includes a threat to WWE wrestler Mr. Kennedy. Few details have been released, because obviously RF Video wants people to buy the video, but the following was posted on

"I got a call from Bob today when he was boarding his plane and he told me what he wanted to talk about on the shoot. He asked me point blank can he say what ever he wants and I told him that this is his day. This would be his platform to do what ever he wanted. He went off on a 5 minute promo on how he wants to beat the hell out of Ken Kennedy on the phone and told me about his major heat with him. This is not a work at all and on the interview, Bob goes into what happened to get these two once best friends into a bitter battle. You will hear right from the mouth of Bob, how Kennedy told Bob to go into his bag and get something out of it for himself. I do not want to get to graphic here because it makes the shoot. You have to watch this as soon as you can, as Bob sends a private message to Ken on this tape. I would not want to be in the shoes of Mr. Kennedy"

Holly was released by WWE several months ago, and several websites (reputable news sites, not sleazy tabloid-style blogs like Rockabilly Rumble) including the Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch reported that the reason for the sudden firing is that he was caught stealing medication out of another wrestler's ring bag.
It'll be interesting to get the whole story once the interview comes out and what, if any, response there will be from Mr. Kennedy. I'll be sure to keep all three of my readers up to date.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

4 Question Survey With...Carl Mann

Welcome back to another edition of the 4 Question Survey here at Rockabilly Rumble, which I hope is one of your five favorite rockabilly and wrestling blogs. I am humbled to have as my guest former Sun Records recording artist, a true rockabilly heavyweight, the incredibly talented Mr. Carl Mann.

1. When did you first start playing music and what was your first instrument?

I started at nine years ,guitar.

2. What musicians inspired you to make your own music?

Lefty Frizzel,Hank Williams, Carl Smith, Elvis, Jerry Lee and many more.

3. What do you remember about recording at Sun Studios?

Exciting, laidback sessions, Sam,Jack, Scotty Moore,meeting Elvis,Charlie Rich,Jerry Lee Johnny c. Carl p. much more.

4. What was the last record you bought?

I can't remember.

BONUS QUESTION: What's next for Carl Mann?

Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, Rockabilly Rave in Pontin Camber Sands, South coast. England June 20th. New York in July at Lincoln Center.


No Senor, thank You. Muchos gracias to rockabilly legend Carl Mann for participating in the 4 Question Survey.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

4 Question Survey with...LuFisto

Hello folks! Welcome to a very special 4 Question survey with wrestling star LuFisto, also known as "The First Lady of Hardcore". She's wrestled all over Japan, Canada, and the United States. She's held many championships, and has achieved a massive cult following due in part to her participation in death defying hardcore matches.

She has also been a fighter for gender equality. In 2002, her complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission was instrumental in getting the Ontario Athletic Commission to drop a regulation banning men from wrestling women.

LuFisto is not only tough, but classy enough to take a little time from her busy schedule to participate in this ruthlessly violent and sexy edition of the 4 Question Survey.

1. What was favorite match?

I have many favorite matches. Any match that pushed my limits to the max could be mentioned: VS Cheerleader Melissa, Wesna, Sami Challihan, Mercedez Martinez, Sabian, Awesome Kong...

2. Who would you wrestle in your dream match if it could be against anyone from any time?

My dream would have been to wrestle Chris Benoit but we all know what happened. Besides him, I would say Bull Nakano, Owen Hart and Akira Okuto.

3. Wrestling's a tough sport! What's the worst injury you've ever seen/sustained?

I had many but my two worst were the destruction of all the ligaments of my right knee and my three herniated disks.

4. Have you seen the movie The Wrestler, and if so, what did you think? In your opinion, was it a reasonably accurate portrayal of what's it like to be a wrestler?

Oh yeah. That was very accurate of some people I know and I could see myself in the character as well.... The injuries, being alone most of the time because you never had enough time to work on relationships... Darren Aronofsky did a fantastix job at researching the lives of pro wrestlers... And Mickey Rourke was just awesome.

Bonus Question: What's next for LuFisto?

More matches with my man Samson, more travelling and LuFisto at ROH in Montreal on April 17th VS Daizee Haze! I'm really excited about this match! For more info, visit my website at!


Thanks again to LuFisto, here she is in action against Awesome Kong:

TNA Signs Japanese Star Ayako Hamada

From pwinsider:

Female Japanese star Ayako Hamada announced at a Wednesday morning press conference that the 4/19 Ito Dojo show will be her final match in Japan and she has signed with TNA. Hamade is the daughter of the legendary Gran Hamada from Michinoku Pro Wrestling in Japan. American fans may remember him from his appearances with Michinoku for the original ECW.

Kid Rock Ruins Wrestlemania

According to my sources, many fans who ordered Wrestlemania 25 on pay-per-view (which this year cost a whopping 55 dollars) were upset that the World Tag Team Title Unification match featuring John Morrison & Mike Mizanin vs. The Colons was bumped from the show in favor of a set from Kid Rock that ran upwards of ten minutes. Additionally, the Ms. Wrestlemania Battle Royal featured returning stars from the past such as Molly Holly and Victoria who were not introduced prior to the match, presumably due to time constraints. The main event match between Randy Orton and Triple H also seemed oddly short and anticlimactic.

One fan commented "Does WWE think Kid Rock is Elvis or something? He was somewhat popular ten years ago". Another said "I went into the other room and made burgers during that, really didn't care for it. And I LIKE Kid Rock".

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Koko B. Ware To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame by Honky Tonk Man

"The Birdman" Koko B. Ware is scheduled to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame tonight by Honky Tonk Man, who has also promised to confront Ric Flair and "whip his ass". Koko was known for super high dropkicks and skull-crushing Ghostbuster finisher, but mostly he's known as the guy who came to the ring with a parrot, Frankie. Sadly, Frankie died in a house fire a few years back. According to my sources, firefighters mistook Frankie's cries for help for those of a young child and desperately searched the house for one. Koko still makes occasional indie wrestling and TV appearances with Frankie Jr.

Here's Koko B. Ware battling "Iron" Mike Sharpe, who wears a wristband of death and never stops yelling through the whole match. From a 1989 WWF Prime Time Wrestling:

The WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will air Saturday, April 4th at 10PM EST/9PM CT on USA Network. Other inductees include "Cowboy" Bill Watts, The Funk Brothers, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

4 Question Survey with...Rockin' Ronny Weiser

Rockin' Ronny Weiser started Rollin' Rock magazine in 1970 to promote what he calls the American Way of Life, which includes celebrating American music and standing against the oppressive forces of extremism, whether it be fascism, communism, or radical Islam.

The first Rollin Rock recordings featured rockabilly legend Ray Campi & the Rockabilly Rebels and was probably the first rock 'n' roll record since the 1950s to use a standup bass. In 1977, Campi, along with Mac Curtis, did a tour of England called The Rollin' Rock Tour which helped jumpstart the rockabilly revival in Europe which continues to thrive.

Rollin' Rock became so popular in Finland that records by artists like Campi, Curtis, Johnny Legend, Jimmie Lee Maslon, and Jackie Lee Cochran crossed over to the pop charts and appeared alongside stars of the day like ABBA and Donna Summer.

These days, Ronny runs a meet & greet event at his house, Rancho Ronny, which always takes place the day before the popular annual rockabilly festival Viva Las Vegas.

1. If you had to pick just one, who was the best rockabilly group you ever saw live?

If we are referring to modern bands it would have to be Randy & The Dragstrip Trio from Australia.

2. In your opinion, what are a few of the best songs on Rollin' Rock records that would be a good introduction to the Rollin' Rock sound?

Man, that's a tough one:

How about "Rockin' At The Ritz" and "Sweet Woman Blues" by Ray Campi, "That Certain Female" by Charlie Feathers, "Rockabilly Daddy" and "Thanks A Lot", by Alvis Wayne", "I Hate The Moon" by Mack Stevens, "Salacious Rockabilly Cat" by Jimmie Lee Maslon, "The Rose Of Love" by Gene Vincent, and a few hundred more!

3. In the past, you were harassed by commies and nazis for your love of American music. Do you think that type of thing still goes on today?

Communists and Nazis (National Socialists) are still around today, and Socialism is getting stronger and more oppressive across the world. Higher taxes, endless contradictory regulations, punishing the creative and entrepreneurial people seems to have become the norm.

And of course the Jihadists are dedicated to exterminate anybody who disagrees.

I have seldom been more pessimistic about the future of America and the world.

4. "That Certain Female" by Charlie Feathers was included in the movie Kill Bill. Did you ever imagine hearing Rollin' Rock music in a major motion picture?

It was amazing to hear a Rollin' Rock song in a hit movie.
But Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of Rollin' Rock Records, and hopefully will use more of my songs in future flicks.

BONUS QUESTION: What's next for Rockin' Ronny?

basically to continue to promote Americanism, that is Real Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly, Rhythm & Blues, Western Bop,etc., and all that is fun and exciting about American Culture and the American Way Of Life.

Living the American Dream (with Rollin' Rock) has been an amazing and thrilling experience for which I will be eternally grateful.

Thanks Chaz for the interview,

Always Rollin' The Rock,

Rockin' Ronny Weiser


I wanna thank Rockin' Ronny for an amazing 4 Question Survey! Check back for more 4 Question Surveys with the legends.

Your buddy,

Chaz Brackx

Friday, April 3, 2009

4 Question Survey with...Beatle Bob

This is the first in what I hope to make a regular feature on this blog. I'm calling it the 4 Question Survey. It's a short, basic interview consisting of four questions and one bonus question.

This debut installment features America's most active music fan, Beatle Bob. He's known for his distinct style of dancing and going to at least one show every night of the week. He is the subject of an upcoming documentary film titled "Superfan: The Life, and Legend of Beatle Bob".

1. You're known for having been to a lot of shows. Do you have a rough guess how many?

Last time I missed show was Dec. 24th, 1996. My concert streak started on Dec. 25, 1996, with many a double-header concerts atended on a single day.

2. If you had to pick, what's the greatest show you've ever seen?

James Brown & The Famous Flames

3. Is there anyone you didn't get to see that you would've really liked to?

Buddy Holly.

4. Can you tell us about anyone you've seen perform who was really great but might not be very well known?

Southern Culture On The Skids

Bonus Question: What's next for Beatle Bob?

I'll be MCeeing a bunch of festivals this year: Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo to name a few and there will be Beatle Bob documentary being finshed on me by the end of this year. also, check out the cable TV show I appear on which can be seen world-wide on myspace video: The Big Brother & Itch'y Show.

Visit Beatle Bob on myspace:
I want to thank Beatle Bob for taking the time to answer my pithy questions for an amazing debut of the 4 Question Survey. If you'd like to do a survey e-mail me at

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Armless & Legless MMA Fighter

From Yahoo! Sports;_ylt=As59ZuY33ZBfTMr0hKSFtIU5nYcB?urn=mma,150596

Legless, armless MMA fighter? Who’s going to stop him?

By Steve Cofield

Kyle Maynard's story is one of the incredible athletic achievements in American history. The 23-year-old overcame amazing challenges and got national recognition for wrestling in high school in spite of the fact that he has no legs and his arms stop above the elbow. Maynard is a congenital amputee. His father pushed him to play sports as a young child and try wrestling once he got to junior high school. He was 0-35 his first season and wanted to quit but his family refused to allow him to do so. Maynard found a workout routine to build the strength in his torso. In his senior year, he went 35-16 and wasn't pinned one time the entire season.

He received an ESPY, speaks publicly, wrote a book and has a documentary on the way. It seems like there's nothing this amazing kid can't achieve. Well, that's not entirely true.

Maynard now wants to fight mixed martial arts and after being denied a license by several states, he's been cleared for an amateur fight in Alabama on April 25th. If it's just an exhibition limited to grappling during this MMA fight, fine. Maynard has some sponsors and it's a nice way to get his story out to more people. But if this is a real MMA fight with kicking, punching, knees, elbows and submissions in play, what exactly is Alabama thinking?

Who is the poor guy who has to fight Maynard in this no-win situation? Would you want to witness Maynard, who can't possibly defend himself from strikes, get kicked in the face 20 times before the fight has to be stopped? How would you feel watching Maynard get choked out? Frankly, without being able to kick and punch, is it really a mixed martial arts fight? No one wants deny opportunity to anyone who is challenged but this can't possibly be good for the sport and it certainly isn't safe for Maynard.

UPDATE: Regular MMA rules are skewed from the get-go if this fight comes off. In the United States, you can't kick a downed opponent. Since Maynard sits on his rear-end, he's technically a downed opponent but that doesn't mean knees to the body, punches and elbows would be out of the mix.

Wow...this guy is amazing. They need to make a biography movie about him, and I think I should play him. Here's a video of him wrestling:

Honky Tonk Man Says He Will Kick Ric Flair's Ass This Weekend

The Honky Tonk Man has released a statement on his website,, promising to confront "Nature Boy" Ric Flair over statements Flair made in his book, To Be The Man.

"For the things he said about me in his book, I will finally get a chance to confront him in Conn. this coming Friday night. If he dodges me, I will confront him on Sunday night in Mass. If he dodges me again, I will confront him at HOF, and if he skates on me there I will catch him at Mania. I want to know why he says I would be nothing without a Hogan rub when I spent 12 years working main events before I went to WWE with out a Hogan rub and Flair knows that."

Flair basically said in his book that Honky Tonk Man, pictured here with a couple of porn stars, sucked as a wrestler and was only successful in wrestling because he was friends with Hulk Hogan. My question is, if Hulk Hogan and Honky Tonk Man were friends, why did they fight at Saturday Night's Main Event back in the 80s? I'd love to hear what Ric Flair has to say about that.

Jesse Ventura should be President

He's always been outspoken, and never been afraid to speak out. He's also often been known to "tell it like it is". With no end to war or prohibition in sight, I'm starting to wish Ventura would've run for President. I was excited for Barack Obama's election, and it was a major feelgood moment, but I'm starting to think that when it's all said and done he's just gonna be a regular Democrat. I dare you to try to find a well known American politician who has been more straightforward with the public than Ventura. He's told the truth about everything from 9/11, to the gay marriage issue, to the fact that the no good Hulk Hogan had to cheat to win the World Heavyweight Championship from the Iron Sheik. Sorry kids!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bazaaro in Miami, Florida

This is coming up on April 19th, it's like a swap meet, yard sale, bake sale, record swap, with live music.

For more info, go to yes DOT INFO

As far as I know there are still openings for tables if you want to sell your old records, art, whatever junk you got.

Tijuana Panthers video, "Crew Cut"

I love this song. I wrote these guys a fan letter a while back and one of them wrote back with a story about how they got picked on in high school by all the mohawk punks for having crew cuts.

Whatever happened to... the Chirps?

Photo by Tommy Sime

I often get asked about the Chirps and if we can do shows and stuff. The short answer is No. When I moved back to Michigan last October I talked to Jason Metcalf on the phone a few times and I recorded some solo stuff with Ryan Bliton, and the subject of a reunion was brought up by everyone. I spoke to Sam Huckleberry Johnson on the phone around the same time and he was also interested in playing. Jason ended up getting abducted by aliens or something, so I moved to Florida and started doing music on my own. Ryan records in his basement studio in Lansing and helps run a small record label, Lopsprout. Sam plays bass with Wayne Hancock now and is usually on the road, but he lives in Texas. As for other members, Lars joined the Coast Guard and still lives somewhere in Michigan, and last I knew Johnny was playing sax for a reggae band.

Wrestlemania Week

- I'm rooting for "The Gold Standard" Shelton Benjamin to win at Wrestlemania. He's a black dude with bleached blonde hair and he's a legit Southern rassler. He's like Little Richard, Dennis Rodman, and Abraham Lincoln all rolled into one.

- I've been listening to a lot of Bobby Vee lately and I got to wondering if he's still around and what he's up to. Turns out he's doing some shows in Saskatchewan, which is where some of my ancestors are from. Eerie huh? Also, Bobby Vee is from Fargo, North Dakota.

- In 1977 a movie came out called "Kingdom of the Spiders". It starred William Shatner and featured original music by Dorsey Burnette from the Rock 'n' Roll Trio.

- On April 19th I'm playing at an event called Bazaaro. It's like a swap meet, yard sale, bake sale, and show all at the same time. It's at a place called the Firefly in Miami, Florida, which as I understand it is like a co-op house where they fix bicycles. I will be playing some brand new songs, including my first Spanish language song, and a say-no-to-drugs tango.

- I'm hoping to finish recording some new material soon. Check for it at, I will upload it when it's done.