Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
A few days ago I posted an entry about the "Best Double Albums Of All Time", and it seemed a few of you liked checking out my thoughts and commenting on the list. It occurred to me that a few years ago I did a few similar entries in my blog, and I'm going to revisit them. Here is exactly what I wrote on March 9th 2010, cut and pasted from that entry...
I am a member of an online message board/newsgroup for Bruce Springsteen fans, but surprisingly few of the postings actually have to do with Bruce. People there like to chat about lots of stuff... music, movies, politics, recipes, tv, books, and anything else you'd talk to your friends about. A current thread started a few days ago is "What are your 25 favorite albums?" I don't know how many cds, records, and tapes I have... I'm guessing a few thousand... so this is pretty hard for me, but I did try and come up with a list. As long as I took the time to put it up on "rec.music.artists.springsteen"... RMAS for short... I may as well share it with you too.
I have all types of music in my collection... rock, soul, blues, folk, pop, country, etc... but these seem to be the ones that I think of as "my favorites" (at least today. My mind seems to change on stuff from minute to minute based on the last thing I heard that I liked). The "rules" layed out by the person that started the topic are:
No Live Albums
No Greatest Hits Albums
No Box Sets
Live, greatest hits, and box sets are now separate threads on the message board, so I'll be thinking about those too for a future posting. One self imposed rule I gave myself for this list of "25 Favorite Albums" is only one album per artist.
Enough explaining... here's my list in no real order, basically however they popped into my head.... again, not "The Best", just "My Favorite". There is a difference.
1. Barenaked Ladies- Gordon
2. Bruce Springsteen- The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle (on another day "Born to Run" would be in the Bruce slot)
3. Beatles- Rubber Soul
4. Elvis Costello- Spike
5. Wings- Venus and Mars
6. Counting Crows- August and Everything After
7. Billy Joel- The Stranger
8. Gavin Degraw- Chariot
9. Squeeze- East Side Story
10. Derek and the Dominos- Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
11. Moxy Fruvous- Bargainville
12. Arlo Guthrie- Alice's Restaurant
13. The Who- Tommy (a tough decision between this and "Quadrophenia")
14. Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited
15. Macy Gray- On How Life Is
16. Eddie From Ohio- This Is Me
17. Jason Mraz- Waiting For My Rocket To Come
18. Monkees- Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones LTD
19. Simon and Garfunkel- Bridge Over Troubled Water
20. Randy Newman- Sail Away
21. Carole King- Tapestry
22. Elvis Presley- From Elvis in Memphis
24. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers- Honky Tonk Union
25. Meat Loaf- Bat Out Of Hell
I bet you're kinda disappointed, huh? Well, I'm not... I could listen to these over and over and over again (and I have). Plus there are plenty that would make this list on another day based on my mood, the last thing I heard, or the last concert I saw. If I put this list up next week, stuff by Stephen Kellogg, Michael Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Weird Al Yankovic, the Beach Boys, and U2 might make it.
Time to think about "Live", "Best Of", and "Box Sets".
PS.... Don't tell anyone that I'm too embarrassed to include a Partridge Family album on this list, but if I was being truthful with myself either "Sound Magazine" or "Up To Date" by David Cassidy and Co. would be on this list. No, I'm not kidding... it's top quality pop music sung by someone with a great voice, and played by some of the best studio musicians in the world.
Okay, back to today... 4-4-13. What do I think of this list now? To be honest I think I did a pretty good job, and overall it still reflects the cds I love. There are a few that might get bumped off the Top 25 list and replaced my something more current, or an older album I've rediscovered. Maybe "Born To Run" goes into the Springsteen slot. I think it's funny that I was debating The Who's "Tommy" vs. "Quadrophenia" even back then... and that double albums were eligible for this list.
I know for a fact Prince's "Purple Rain" is in... maybe the Smithereens are out. Jason Mraz possibly replaced by The Beach Boys "All Summer Long". Van Morrison's "St. Dominic's Preview" instead of Wings "Venus and Mars"? I don't know. Elton John "Tumbleweed Connection" instead of Eddie From Ohio.
What are some of your favorite albums? Maybe you can affect this list. Maybe someything has slipped my mind. Follow my rules, and give me your thoughts.
I found my blog entry on Live/Greatest Hits/and Box Sets, and will put that up here in the next couple days.
I love talking about music!!!