If you’re friends with musicians, look around your social media feed(s) right now. Chances are good that you’re being swamped with photos and memorials for Rowdy Roddy Piper, the original pro wrestling Bad Guy. He was instrumental in the Rock and Wrestling thing that exposed many of us to the over-the-top wrestling characters. Piper was a big influence in my life as well, and quite possibly the reason I was able to survive a near daily barrage of threats and violence that today get lumped neatly into the word “bullying.” I had a jacket airbrushed with his logo and it became armor in a way for me. People left me alone, rather than try to figure out why I suddenly was sporting jacket that said HOT ROD! in lightning script on my back. Later on, some of my very best friends were made based upon my ownership of a Piper T shirt. Roddy Piper had a lot to do with how things panned out for me…
More influential (especially on my pick of sun protection) was They Live, which featured this classic scene:
News of Piper’s death hit me hard, and last night, The Night Ridah and I started looking up some of the classic Piper clips online. Eventually, we came across the infamous “whack Captain Lou over the head with an award” clip.
What was the award for?
Fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis.
Captain Lou’s brother died of MS and Lou became very involved in fundraising, getting Cyndi Lauper involved as well. At the time of the whack, it was announced that they had raised over 2 million dollars for MS. In the 1980’s.
So, yeah. That was a time when there were no MS medications. None. The best a patient could hope for would be some IV steroids every so often for flairs and a sympathetic physical therapist. (Go ahead and make that steroid and wrestling joke.)
All of this comes on the heel (ha) of the first official lineup announcement for Crash Safely- 10/17 at the Midway Cafe.
The Midway, last night, hosted B.L.O.W.W.- the Boston League of Women Wrestlers.
The Midway, where I used to write music reviews with fellow Roddy Piper fan Joe Coughlin.
Here are the details for 10/17:
Maybe someone will be cheeky enough to cover this tune:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some answers to alter. Someone changed the questions again.