I love the idea in all 80's sitcoms and movies that you know you're in a bad neighborhood or situation when you encounter one or more guys with bandanas on their heads, sleeveless bluejean vests, and at least one with a boombox (otherwise known as a ghetto blaster) perched on his shoulder.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
In 1986, at my first Van Halen concert, I was twelve. And it was a pretty dumb move. Someone should've stopped me. I wore this form fitting purple dress, it was indeed made for a twelve year old, so it suited me. That is, until, I put on a pair of gray ankle socks with two little pink stripes, and then on top of that I put on a pair of ridiculous blue heels that were given to me to play in. All of this was complemented by the fat white belt that came with the dress. I'm pretty sure it was too much, even for the eighties. In fact, I think the eighties had a meeting, and almost kicked me out.
I remember standing in line for the show with all the other normally dressed eighties people and thinking "what have I done?" Apparently a concert shirt and a pair of ripped jeans would've been just fine for the occasion. But noooo, I had to bring ZZ TOP to the party. I also remember a sweaty guy in line with a cut off shirt and chunks of deodorant on it, but hey, I was certainly in no position to judge. At the end of the day, my bright white Casper, toothpick "LEGS" had a good time, so I guess I'd do it all over again.
Enjoy Barrelassers :)
Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I seriously thought that was a lot of damn kids in a field.
Enjoy Barrelassers :)
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Everybody's got a hungry heart, everybody's got a hu-hu- hungrrrry heart. Fantastic song! That one started rolling around the minute I had the thought "I'm hungry." That's the way this works. Now if I only had a Breakfast Club. See how quick it can change? Gotta barrelass to the fridge Barrelassers! Till then, don't don't don't you....forget about me.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
So we keep seeing these commercials with Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) showing up at some unsuspecting couple's home to inform them that they've just won a weekend with Dee Snider. This is fake of course, it's really an endorsement for a carpet cleaning product. So I guess this got Papa Jay thinking (I suspect fantasizing is more kike it), but anyway, barrelassin' down the road the other day, out of nowhere he says "I wonder what a real weekend with Dee Snider would actually be like...." I answered with something like "probably sit around with his family, have some coffee." Papa Jay says "yeah, probably" but I could see the wheels turning and I believe, in his mind, it was something more like the two of them with electric guitars strapped around their necks, jumping all over the furniture, punching holes in walls, and tearing stuff up all the while singing and screaming "We're not gonna take it, NO, we ain't gonna take it, we're not gonna take it, anymooooore!" And we can't forget the occasional fist clench in front of their faces lol. I have to say, seems a lot more fun than cleaning carpets. Anyway, let that record skip in your this fine morning.
Enjoy Barrelassers :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
my earlier recorded Anderson Cooper. One new word entered into the dictionary this year was ear worm. The meaning is a song or melody that repeats itself in someone's head. So apparently the radio station in my head is just an ear worm. So, the ear worm now is, It's a Miracle, by Boy George.
A small miracle happened today and I've been singing it since then. Can't go into it now,
hittin' up Walmart.But do sing along
I'm totally kidding. All the love in my house is asleep except me. I just had Ramen noodles for breakfast (of all things, can you imagine?) by myself while reading a magazine.
That's a great song by The Judds, who I really like, but the only reason I'm singing that song is because I started out singing that song "Love don't live here...anynore" by another lady who's name is on the tip of my tongue, but I thought...well that's not true. So I had to counteract that song with a happy song about love living here. Crazy, right? I can already tell this is gonna be a hell of a morning for the radio in my head.
Until further notice(hopefully around lunch time) sing some Judds. Any song you like. Go all crazy with it!
Enjoy Barrelassers :)
Saturday, October 20, 2012
This takes me back to the days when fan clubs were the big thing. However, looking back, I never remember joining a single fan club for a rock or pop band or artist. That seems odd to me. I must have joined a zillion Country bands/artists fan clubs, but only remember ever getting newsletters or anything from Mickey Gilley and The Osmond Brothers. Anyway, back to the point. I recall me and my cousin listening to Duran Duran one day way back when, and coming up with this grand story to tell my younger cousin. We ended up telling her that we had joined the Duran Duran fan club, and they had called us to work for the fan club. Only someone younger than us, which was about eleven would've believed that two twelve year olds were now going to be in charge of the Duran Duran fan club. They were gonna call us with more details when they got to town, which of course would be at a secret time. I wonder what kind of job we would've done? Do they even have a fan club now? Why the big lie to my little cousin? We didn't have computers and Ipods and texting and all that. We had outside and thought we were lucky to have MTV.
Well, I still haven't found the energy to bring back Parachute pants, but maybe over the weekend....Shouldn't be too hard to pretend with this song stuck in your head today...Union of the Snake, by Duran Duran. Enjoy Barrelassers
So, The Big Barrelassin' Hats Off today goes to Bret Michaels and the rest of Poison for singing us through many many days and years. Keep it rockin' boys!
In other Bret news, he tweeted that his daughters and their friend saw Justin Bieber in concert and got to meet Justin. Bret helped raise awareness at PINKTOBER Breast Cancer Benefit. Bret supports many causes and has a pretty loyal following. You can also check out his line of pet items at Petsmart stores for your furry friends. F.Y.I. It has also been reported that he has been named the all time favorite winner of Celebrity Apprentice! Way to go Bret.
Till next time...roll down the windows and sing Talk Dirty To Me as loud as you can!
He had a weird look on his face. He said' it's a good song, I'll give it that' and added that he never thought of anything like that. Truth is, he probably thought how sad it must have been to be me lol. I can't think of one single person I related that song to, but when it came out, even if you weren't sad, you got sad cause that was the point of the song. You were obligated to be sad! So I was thinking, when I was a youngin' and and following the rules for sad songs, Papa Jay, who is four years older than me, was mostly thinking of the guitar licks and whether he liked them or not. Probably thought if he learned how to play that song, he'd have all the girls
Anyway, gotta Barrelass up to the school and get my baby girl from volleyball practice, so I will leave you with this song stuck in your head today..you guessed it..I won't forget you, by Poison.
They say when people get Alzheimers they can't remember yesterday, but they think they're living in an earlier period of their lives. (This could be by choice) All I'm asking is, if I get this terrible disease, please please please let me live in the eighties! (After we got cable with MTV of course.)
Now, good luck getting that song out of your head when you're trying to sleep tonight!
If you consider the fact that Van Halen is my all time favorite band in the world, then it's a wonder this isn't strictly a Van Halen blog. I could never take a trip down my memory lane of music with only one Van Halen story or song. I could talk about the most recent Van Halen tour...how I had a Van Halen party and cake for my birthday back in January (2012) and all we played was Van Halen music (and drinking games) while I patiently awaited the day the tickets went on sale. Or how me and my cousin drove nearly four hours from home to spend the night and wait for the tickets to go on sale. How I ended up with second row, and nine of us went to Nashville, Tn. in April to see the show (all as my birthday present) including my seventy year old mother!
I could talk about how when I was a kid in 1987 my mom had a Van Halen cake made for my birthday. It said "Van Halen..Heavy Metal Heroes." And how she took my Van Halen pin from my blue jean jacket (omg, the pins and patches that covered jean jackets in those days, haven't seen anyone sporting that lately) and also placed it on my cake.
I could talk about how amazing it was when I bought the V.I.P package in 2004 (I think) to see them eight hours from home, and got to go the soundcheck and a party backstage(without the band) got some cool band swag...I could talk about Van Halen all day in fact, so the best thing to do right now is go back to saying how awesome for Eddie Van Halen on his latest poll win and wind this thing up.
Since my current ringtone is "Jump" by Van Halen, that's the song you should be Barrelassin around with in your head today!
This takes me back to two places. The time is obviously 1988 and 1989. One place is the school bus. During seventh and eighth grade, I'd get on the bus every morning (well, not every morning, but I tried) the bus driver would hold out his hand and I'd give him the tape of my choosing for the day. He'd always let me hear whatever I wanted. Many, many of those times it was the 'Long Cold Winter' tape by Cinderella. The little kids on the bus never complained. It must be stuck in their heads today lol. (You're welcome Cinderella.) A lot of times it was Bon Jovi's 'New Jersey' tape, but let's not get off track. Maybe we'll do him tomorrow
So this takes me to another place. My bedroom. Me and my Barrelassin' mama are sitting on my bed. Just chatting I guess. As we're talking, her eyes are scanning my room and they keep stopping on my door. On my door was one of those long door posters that covered the entire door from top to bottom of Cinderella. Finally, she looks at me so seriously and announces "I'm sorry, I can't help but say this, those have got to be the ugliest women I've ever seen." Of course I thought that was hysterical and told her they were men. She still wasn't sure when she left my room I don't think. Anyway, that's gonna have to do it for now. Go find yourself a copy of 'Long Cold Winter' and crank up 'Take Me Back.'
So we did it. Me and my Barrelassin' mama saw Bret Michaels last night. It wasn't a very big venue so our Gold circle general admission put us right in the front, center stage. There were two opening bands, both local from the area I assume since I'm not from that area. For the life of me I don't know what the names of the bands were. It was pretty loud and I didn't understand them when they said who they were (I will have to research this) but both bands were very good and quite a bit more aggressive rock than Bret Michaels. Bret put on a wonderful show, we were able to get small handshakes as he walked in front of us on the stage, and he gave Barrelassin Mama a pick. I have some very awesome photos that I may share.
Although I had a wonderful time, my knees hurt, my toes are killing me from my boots I was Barrelassing around in, and the gloomy thought of having to get out of this bed and drive four hours back home is hovering over me like a black cloud. I mean, let's be honest here, I really don't even want to open the curtains and let the light in. That being said, I can't live at the Microtel so I must get a move on, but no one, and I mean no one, can stop me from driving home in my pajamas
If you want a tip of the day from me, well you're probably reading the wrong blog, but today I just may have one for you. When you go out at night, drink one less beer.
It's all fun and games till you have to go Barrelassin' back home the next day.
Now, wander around with this stuck in your head for the rest of the day...Something to Believe In, by of course, Poison. I'm thinking tomorrow we can resume every other song stuck in my head that's not by Bret Michaels lol.
A big Barrelassin' hats off to Barrelassin' Mama for having a blast with me lastnight!
Friday, October 19, 2012
So...Barrelassin' through life today, I cranked up the Heart CD. Am I the only one who stood in front of the television in 1985, watching Heart's music video for their awesome song.."Never" while kicking one leg over my head while playing my air guitar over and over? I shutter to think of what might happen to me if I tried that today :\
Upcoming memories soon to be made...me and my Barrelassin' Mama are going to see Bret Michaels in 8 more days! More to come on that later
Until further notice, the song I want stuck in your head for the rest of the day is..I Didn't Wanna Need You, by Heart.