Monday, May 30, 2011

Show #58 May 28, 2011

For Melody...and the great Gerry Cheevers!

Melody- Kevin K The Best Of Kevin K - New York, New York
Too Scared To Be True- Denzil Pub
(I Feel Like) (Gerry) Cheevers (Stitch Marks On My Heart)- Chixdiggit Chixdiggit
Dancing Away- Little Murders Stop Plus Singles 1978-1986
The Blame- Tommy Tutone Tommy Tutone
How Come We- Popsicle Laquer
You Don't Know Me- The Nads The Nads 7"
Shadow Of Love- Sloan The Double Cross
^Hey Jealousy- Gin Blossoms New Miserable Experience
One More Chance- The V.I.P.'S I Need Somebody To Love/Beat Crazy EP
When Your Mind's Made Up- Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová Once Soundtrack
Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again- The Angels The Angels
I'll Be Waiting- Robert Johnson Close Personal Friend
Book of Love- Will & The Bushmen Will & The Bushmen
*Cinderella- DMZ DMZ
*Gladys Kravitz- The Tories Wonderful Life
*Lois Lane- Farrah Moustache
*Daisy Duke- Rooney Rooney
City Of Fun- The Only Ones Special View
Fanclub Requiem- The Orange Humble Band Assorted Creams
Blue Tip- The Cars Move Like This
Tiger Beat Twist- Simpletones I Have A Date
Into the Valley- Skids DIY: UK Pop I (1976-79) Teenage Kicks
Why Don't I Miss You- Bowling For Soup The Great Burrito Extortion Case
>Backstreet Noise- Nick Gilder You Know Who You Are
Don't Take Her Away- The Go Shake Some Action Vol 7 (USA)
Nobody Hurts You- Graham Parker Squeezing Out Sparks + Live Sparks
Paper Dolls- Screams Screams
Safety In Numbers- The Adverts Crossing The Red Sea
I Thought of You- The Queen Annes I Thought Of You 7"

^Power Pop Peak: #25 Billboard Hot 100 5/15/93

*SacroSet: Female Fictional Character Songs

>Power Pop Prototype: 1977

Watching the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 21 years got me thinking about the awesome Bruins teams of my youth. My dad grew up playing hockey and was on the BU team in college. Needless to say, he was a big Bruins fan and I remember watching the team win the Stanley Cup with him in 1970 when I was six years old and again two years later. Most kids I knew said Number 4 Bobby Orr was their favorite player on that championship team. Orr is a straight up legend that's for sure- if you don't believe me, check out this infamous 1970 photo of "The Goal," which brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston after a 29 year drought: I remember my mother telling me once when I was little that Bobby Orr had hundreds of unpaid parking tickets because he left his car wherever he felt like it. I still think of "parking like Bobby Orr" on those rare occasions I egregiously park myself. Anyway, I had a poster of "The Goal" up in my room, yet Orr wasn't my favorite Bruin. That honor went to goalie Gerry Cheevers. His undefeated streak (33 games in 1972) still stands today and he was one of the first goalies to come out of the crease and challenge shooters, beating the crap out of anyone who skated too near the crease (Cheevers holds the franchise record in penalty minutes for a goalie). To be honest though, it was his mask that first captured my attention. The story goes that Cheevers wasn't much for practicing and after taking a puck in the face one day headed off to the locker room. When the coach found him there, uninjured, having a beer and cigarette he was told to get back on the ice. Before heading out, the trainer drew stitchmarks over the part of the mask that was hit. After that, every puck in the face got a similar mark. Gerry Cheevers' mask became the most well known in all of hockey.

Around this time, my oldest Cousin Debbie Burgess (who was probably 17 or 18 at the time) started making goalie masks as a hobby. I visited her workshop once in the basement of her family's house in Hingham and it was very cool. She painted the masks in wild colors- I remember one with a stars & stripes design and another that was a menacing blood red. Even more impressive was a photo on the wall above the work bench- of her next to Gerry Cheevers! I don't know how she did it, but Cousin Debbie got to meet Cheevers, give him one of her masks and get her picture in the paper doing it. I was completely blown away.

As you can imagine I was very happy to find the song "(I Feel Like) (Gerry) Cheevers (Stitch Marks On My Heart)" by Calgary Alberta's Chixdiggit. Check out the lyrics:

Saw a picture yesterday of a guy who used to play
for the Boston Bruins and in school I always drew him
He had the longest undefeated streak
And every shot that hit his cheek he drew on a stitch mark
and I think he played with Brad Park
I feel like Gerry Cheevers (2x) I got stitch marks on my heart
Just like Gerry Cheevers- oh yeah!

Saw a picture yesterday of a guy who used to play
for the Boston Bruins and in school I always drew him
He wore a mask just like my heart
He had stitch marks on every part
And he wore number 30 that's how old you were when you met me
I feel like Gerry Cheevers (2x) I got stitch marks on my heart
Just like Gerry Cheevers

What's not to love- a punk rock love song about a childhood hero with an audacious use of parentheses!!! Gerry Cheevers Rocks!!! By the way, Cheevers played behind Brad Park (who during his career was second only to Bobby Orr among NHL defenseman) from 1975 to 1980. GO BRUINS!!

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