July 18, 2007

Kicking It With Corey

I was fortunate enough to get a few hours with the wonderful Corey Goodman of the experimental electronic one man band Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship today.

Corey is wrapping up the backend of a SFYYR tour and I told him about the brand new JR's Family Bar-B-Q in lovely Norman, Oklahoma. Corey was pleased as punch, being a wrestling enthusiast and all (Jim Ross is a Normanite who does play by play for the WWE for the uninitiated). I use to be a wrestling fan in my youth and was up for the visit.

Corey is as affable as they come, especially for musicians. JR was in store today (as he apparently is nearly daily) and Corey was extremely giddy. I was pleasently surprised that he actually comes to his own restaurant (would you see Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone munching down at Planet Hollywood back in the day?). We were sitting and eating and one of the many staff at JR's comes up and asks if we'd like to meet "him". Well, yeah! Of course we would!

Jim comes up and talks to us for a little bit then goes on to meet the other guests. We were wrapping up and he comes back up to us and literally sits and talks to us for something like twenty minutes. What great stories that man has! Talking about the Chris Benoit incident ("He was a good man... which I guess is hard to say about somebody who did what he did."/"I've known him for twenty years and I knew his little boy all his life"), media accusations that he was disrespectful at the Benoit funeral ("They asked me outside the funeral about steroids and what I thought. I told them, 'Today, this isn't about steroids.' And here I am being quoted as simply saying 'This isn't about steroids'!"). He's very shrewd and understands that guys are going to manipulate the system to get what they want ("We've got all our guys on our insurance plan. Back in the old days, if guys got hurt, they went to their family doctor or they went to the hospital. Now, we've got these 24 hour walk up clinics where you can get them to prescribe you just about anything you could want") and you can't nanny grown men and the leaders in the back, the guys who are clean, have to take a more vocal role in cleaning up the industry.

Also interesting was finding out that John Cena's strength coach at Springfield College in MA is now the associate strength coach at OU. I guess Dusty Dvoracek and Teddy Lehman are back in town and this dude's regimen is kicking their asses.

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship's last date is tonight at the Mooch and Burn in Tulsa, OK. Corey is definitely an Slamdunk Stalin approved artist and we will support that man in all of his endeavors. Check out his Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship Myspace page, buy some things, and support a unique artist.

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