Friday, July 11, 2008

Akron, Ohio and Denver, Colorado

I'm en route to Akron, Ohio for a family thing. But if you're looking for a good night out later this month, my pals at Delaware Liberal are putting on a special Drinking Liberally on Thursday, July 31 at Catherine Rooney's in Wilmington. They're helping to defray the considerable costs of my trip to the convention in Denver in August.
In the meanwhile, here's a trivia question:
What two rock acts came out of Akron, Ohio?
Update and slight correction: I should have asked what rock acts have their roots in Akron.
The answers are Devo and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, though she formed her band in England.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mike Mahaffie said...

Devo. And......

4:08 PM, July 11, 2008  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Devo is correct.

11:57 PM, July 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretenders

12:34 AM, July 12, 2008  
Anonymous kavips said...

That is an interesting question, which is not easily answered.

Anon's pick of the Pretenders, could if stretched, be the answer to which Tommy is alluding two, but that band was actually formed in England, near Hereford I believe. The only Akron connection with that band is that Chrissie Hynde was born and raised in that city and went to school at Kent State. The band itself has subsequently been reformed several times around Chrissy, so calling it an Akron band would be stretching the truth a little, something Tommy is not prone to do.

At the time Devo came out there were several bands with promise playing in Akron. A certain sound, called the Akron sound, was hailed as being the next new wave of rock.... Devo was the only Akron band to break out into the national mainstream..... But playing in the bars off Kent State at that time, were bands you may have heard if you followed Rolling Stones reviews of up and coming bands.

None are famous today. The Bizarros, Tin Huey, Rubber City Rebels, all had record contracts, but only Devo sold many of its records...

The Akron Sound, turned out to be a bust.....

Therefore it falls to another....
But unlike Chrissie Hynde, (famous for the intro to the Rush Limbaugh show) this person is not a local bred Akronite....

This person was actually born in Kansas, grew up in Columbus, did high school in Montclair, New Jersey, and went to college in..........Kent State.

While there he played with a group called the Measles, then moved up to Cleveland and joined up with the James Gang...

He later started his own group, the Barnstormers, but was featured as the solo artist on its album covers.....

Now here is where one has to get creative.... and guess from where Tommy is coming from, in order to guess the anticipated answer to a very broad question....

Tommy says that he is going to Akron for "a family thing." Therefore I am going to make an assumption that he has some emotional attachment to that area. And those with emotional attachments, when we want to brag a little, we tend to use the best, or in this case, the most popular rocker, to bolster our case.

Which is why I think Chrissie Hynde is out, and so are the Bizarros, Tin Huey, and the Rubber City Rebels...

So even though his only connection with Akron is that he went to Kent State, I think Tommywonk is looking for this person as his answer..........

Joe Walsh.

5:02 AM, July 12, 2008  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

kavips correctly caught me writing imprecisely; Chrissie Hynde came from Akron, but formed the Pretenders in England. I should have asked what rock acts have roots in Akron.

The second answer I was looking for was Chrissie Hynde.

10:09 AM, July 12, 2008  

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