I read the News Today Oh Boy
About a lucky man....
In the late 70s early 80s the Seattle music scene underwent a major change. I also entered my majority (Turned 21) The local bars would only sign bands that performed cover tunes. Led Zepplin What ever. They thought that is what people wanted to hear.
But there was a small core of bands that refused to play that game. These where the Heats, The Allies and the Cowboys. I loved these bands. The Allies went on to do a song called Emma Peel that was pretty big on MTV but the others faded to obscurity, thoug You could still buy the cds. I have most but cannot find the Allies. Regardless thanks to these bands the bar owners realized that they could pack their houses by local bands playing their own music. What a great time to be young and on the prowl. This period and those bands represent some of the best and misspent times of my youth.
Today I read that Ian Fischer, lead singer of the Cowboys died of a heart attack in Thailand. He was just 51. I Knew Ian and worked with his then wife when I started making movies.
Seattle Times columnist Erik Lacitis wrote a very touching tribute to Ian. Read it here
Listen to Ian and the cowboys singing Rock n Roll Cowboy in my player in the side bar.
And Turn it up.