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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Miller: Rock and roll—and baseball—never forgets

Sock It to Me Seger! Not quite the Debbie Harry/Ted Bundy removed VW seat..uhh, story…but this Ted Simmons/Bob Seger riff is pretty sweet.

As Ted and Maryanne hitchhiked alongside U.S. 23 North coming out of Ann Arbor, a van pulled over. Ted helped Maryanne into the front passenger’s seat, then climbed into the back.

“I get in, all the seats had been removed, and there was a full drum set in the back,” says Simmons, now a senior adviser to Mariners general manager Jack Zdurencik after a long pro career as a player.

As the van rumbled off into the night, Simmons told the driver how much he appreciated him stopping.

“Where ya going?” the driver asked.

“Detroit,” Simmons replied.

The driver explained he was headed for Interstate 96, but then he was heading west toward Lansing instead of east toward Detroit.

“I’ll drop you, and you can pick up another ride from there,” the driver said.

That settled, Simmons mentioned the drum set and wondered if his ride was a musician.

Yes.

“What’s your name?”

“Bob Seger.”

Repoz Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:26 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:32 AM (#4376860)
If he'd been given a lift by Stephen Malkmus there would be about 1,000 comments by now.
   2. shoelesjoe Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4376867)
One of my favorite Seger songs is the ballad "Can't Hit the Corners No More". Would have been nice over the closing credits of a good baseball film.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:03 AM (#4376870)
If he'd been given a lift by Stephen Malkmus there would be about 1,000 comments by now.

Ha! I actually like Bob Seger but Mrs. Shooty throws things at me whenever one of his songs pop up on my shuffle. Like A Rock and Against the Wind just hit me in my sentimental sweet spot. I should hate that kind of kitschy crap, but Seger pulls it off for me somehow. If Billy Joel or Rod Stewart had tried to sing those songs they would probably make me vomit.
   4. depletion Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:17 AM (#4376874)
“Where ya going?” the driver asked.

“Kathmandu,” Simmons replied.
   5. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:23 AM (#4376877)
Turn the Page is the best Seger song. It is overall OK music (but I admit it is a bit kitschy).
   6. tfbg9 Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4376893)
I get half the Repoz ref: yes on Ted Bundy's missing Beetle seats, but no on the Debby Harry part of his intro bit.

Anybody? Repoz?
   7. Chip Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4376917)
Snopes has it.
   8. TerpNats Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4376921)
I suppose back then, Ted was just a ramblin', gamblin' man.
   9. booond Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM (#4376923)
Ted had to "Get out of Denver" or maybe their destination was the "Nutbush City Limits." My infantile side wonders if Mrs. Ted had the "Fire Down Below."
   10. tfbg9 Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4376925)
@7: Thanks.
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4376944)
Aaaaahhhh ... this is nothing compared to the lift Telly Savalas got from dead former Boston IF Harry Agannis in the mid-'50s. (The version I encountered as a kid had it that the guy told Savalas that he knew Harry Agannis, who even at that moment was engaged in dying elsewhere -- as referred to here ... but Google seems not to reflect that one nearly as often.)
   12. booond Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4376979)
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   13. booond Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4376980)
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   14. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4376986)
An impressive 94 minutes between double posts! A BTF record, maybe?
   15. Ron J2 Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM (#4376989)
#3 Pretty much the way I feel about Seger. I'm surprised I like it but I do.
   16. booond Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM (#4376993)
An impressive 94 minutes between double posts! A BTF record, maybe?


I refreshed and it auto-double posted.
   17. Tippecanoe Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM (#4376998)
this is nothing compared to the lift Telly Savalas got from dead former Boston IF Harry Agannis in the mid-'50s


Or Pee Wee's encounter with Large Marge.
   18. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM (#4377001)
I refreshed and it auto-double posted.


Tell it to the judge, pal.
   19. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM (#4377008)
this is nothing compared to the lift Telly Savalas got from dead former Boston IF Harry Agannis in the mid-'50s


Or Albert Brooks encounter with Dan Akroyd in the "Twilight Zone Movie".
   20. Walt Davis Posted: February 27, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4377223)
I was a Seger fan back when it was the right age to be a Seger fan which may still not excuse it. He fell off a cliff worse than Dale Murphy. The album Smokin' OPs (early covers) probably still works, that one Midwestern-soul-rocked pretty good.

And "wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then" is still a great line.

"Points all her own sitting way up high" is perhaps not.

   21. cardsfanboy Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4377247)
I'm glad to see that Simmons is still in baseball. My favorite player of all time and was hoping he would have ended up doing something with the Cardinals. Hofer in my book.
   22. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4377260)
I-96, Lansing, Detroit, the 70s -- that's homebase. Live Bullet's a decent album.

Like Vernor's, Seger's regional appeal around that time was a sub-niche within a niche -- no real carry beyond his dedicated core in SE and mid-Michigan. Chicago didn't give a lick about him. Hell, I doubt Toledo did.
   23. jobu Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:41 PM (#4377277)
Fun article.

I'll always remember an old Pete Rose montage set to "Still the Same"--from a baseball game of the week, perhaps? Seemed apt at the time before we knew that the song's gambling references could be taken literally w.r.t Charlie Hustle.

There is absolutely nothing wrong or in need of excuse about "Hollywood Nights" or "Night Moves." Nor, in my view, with the lines "Points all her own sitting way up high (way up firm and high)."

"Old Time Rock and Roll," on the other hand, was listed on my "Do Not Play" list for my wedding. It's excremental, if iconic due to "Risky Business."
   24. Walt Davis Posted: February 27, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4377285)
Like Vernor's, Seger's regional appeal around that time was a sub-niche within a niche -- no real carry beyond his dedicated core in SE and mid-Michigan. Chicago didn't give a lick about him. Hell, I doubt Toledo did.

Well, early 70s. Night Moves was late 76 and that hit nationally.

There were of course tons of regional bands like that and Seger was certainly one of the "biggest" of the regional bands. Some others made it big for a while (REO) while others didn't (Southside Johnny, Sawyer Brown). The basic question was were you the first call to open for the stones, local headliner at the state fair or music fest, get a gig at a big university. Seger was the first call guy in the Detroit region before hitting it big. And of course those were the days when a major label would sign regional bands in hopes they'd hit.

From his wiki I've learned that he turned down Motown to sign with Capitol. Also Ramblin' Gamblin' Man was a minor hit in 69 (#17).
   25. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 27, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4377291)
"I read in Rolling Stone where they said Dee-troit rock and roll audiences were the greatest rock and roll audiences in the world. I said to myself, '####, I've known that for ten years!'"
   26. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4377328)
The James Gang was famous in Kent,OH long before they made it bigger. Joe Walsh's original band was called The Measles, and my brother-in-law played with them

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