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They fell off a truck

It’s the summer of 1972. I’m a 14-year-old Brooklyn kid transplanted to the hell that is the suburbs. Lost and out of focus, I follow my parents around seeking some sort of connection to the traumatic change in scenery.

Cut to my Uncle Tony’s house. Some thug named Artie calls my Dad and me over to the trunk of his car. Expecting to see a body, he uncovers boxes of 8-track tapes. Dozens of them. He says “take them.”  I remember my Dad saying “where did you get these?” He stated, with a sly grin, “they fell off a truck.”  I didn’t know that was Italian for “stolen.”

We took them.

On closer inspection, I discover the oddest collection of names. Alice Cooper-Killer (who is she?) George Harrison-All Things Must Pass (wasn’t he a Beatle? Who is this old man with a long beard on the cover?) Cream? Traffic? Deep Purple-Machine Head? Led Zeppelin? Yes-Fragile? Jethro Tull-Thick As A Brick? (that is hilarious). What kind of crazy names are these? Kink Kronikles? Jefferson Airplane? what is this stuff? I hardly remember the rest, but it was a boxful of treasure. I couldn’t wait to listen to this new bounty bestowed upon me by this criminal. The criminal that brought the music back to me.

Of course, Alice Cooper struck me as odd, since I kept waiting to hear a female voice. I invited my school friend, Jimmy, over to listen. He knew more than I did, specifically that Alice was a guy. It was scary, and weird and exactly the medicine a misplaced angst-ridden teenager needed.

I was hooked. Dangerously hooked.

Daily Song:

Alice Cooper – Under My Wheels


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

3 responses to “They fell off a truck

  1. “Alice Cooper- Killer”? Who’s she? That had me cracking up! I love the Kink Kronikles slip, a sign of things to come.

  2. Gerard ⋅

    That’s one of the best treasures found fallen off a truck. Alice… Killer is perfect, i had lots of albums of him, but for some kind of reason not Welcome To My Nightmare.. Yesterday that cd arrived as did it’s follow up, which came out last year, about 35 years after: Welcome 2 My Nightmare.

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