Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Tea Parties, Paul Revere, Harvard, and the Red Sox. But most of all, today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by the mother of all foot races, the Boston Marathon!
Boston was chosen for obvious reasons - the 112th running of the Boston Marathon - set to take place on April 21. You might think that Boston (the band) was chosen because the rabidrunner is a fan. Actually the opposite is true. I am not a fan.
Here's a true story: I was on the phone earlier with a friend. I mentioned that I had to get off the phone so that I could write my "column" (I can't have two late Friday Flashbacks in a row you know). He asked who I was going to write about. I said "Boston" then he started to laugh and said "you hate Boston!"
That's right friends, Romans, countrymen... I hate Boston. My hatred for Boston is More Than A Feeling, it's a passion. I get a melancholic Piece of Mind knowing that I Don't Look Back to hear their music ever and shutter at the thought of naming any of my children Amanda (mostly because they're boys).
But for the love of the city and the race, Boston it is.
Unlike a previous flashback by the name of Berlin (where the band came from Los Angeles), the members of Boston are actually from Boston. An MIT grad by the name of Tom Sholtz (keyboards, guitars) established the band with guitarist Barry Goudreau, drummer Jim Masdea and the ever popular (ick!) vocalist Brad Delp. They reigned supreme from 1976 to 1983 and sold over 30 million copies of sludge.
Have I gone over the top yet? Let's keep going!
The foursome created a bunch of cheesy 70s love songs. All of which I'm sure were danced to at many a prom. Being as Boston is before my prom time (if I were to go to a prom), I'll assume that the music of Boston added to the ambiance provided by all of that feathered hair and booger soled shoes.
New for Boston, besides the reunion stuff that so many old geezer bands do these days, is the battle of the presidential contender. Evidently Goudreau is a supporter of Mike Huckabee and allowed Huckabee to use "More Than A Feeling" in his campaign. Scholtz, who favors Obama, wasn't at all happy about the conservative yip using the hit.
I'm sure there was a cat fight over that one.
So who do you think is going to win the race? And what about the Women's Olympic Trial Marathon (to take place the day before the Boston)? Who's going to win that one? And who will make the team?
Such excitement! I can hardly wait.