Rolling Stone lists the 15 biggest summer box-office movie disasters.
I am reminded that I paid to see Battlefield Earth.
One day, recent events struck me as how apropos this song title is. And then the very next morning, I heard it on Cities 97. Actually, just a snippet of it, very early in the morning. But like so many great songs, that’s all you need.
I hadn’t heard it in awhile and was reminded how this is just a stellar pop/rock song that I will never tire of hearing.
There is a professional connection to this song – I worked for MCA Records in 1998 when this was first released. The first time I ever heard it was weeks in advance of it hitting radio when my boss and I played it for some Best Buy buyers at the Universal Distribution office.
The reaction was immediate; from the verses to the chorus, this song just demanded your ears. I recall my initial thought was that it reminded me of the Waterboys – that song “Hole In The Moon”: that driving beat, the whole song an anthem, really, with an uplifting chorus, loud, persistent vocals. The production jumps out of the speakers. Alas, while the song was eventually a big success, the band and album were not.
The lyrics are at times defiant and humorous (especially the bridge), but that chorus…”you get what you give.” Amazing the lyrics really hit me now, 16 (!) years later; amazing and down right ridiculous that it’s taken me twice that amount of time to realize those words sum up just about everything you’ll ever do in your life.
Been having a blast doing the PR & Marketing for the new book, “JOHNNY FOOTBALL: JOHNNY MANZIEL’S WILD RIDE FROM OBSCURITY TO LEGEND AT TEXAS A&M” by Mike Shropshire
Given that just about every pro football fan is interested in the draft, and there’s a ton of interest in Manziel, I’ve managed to get a lot of press for the author. This has included the NFL Network morning show, “NFL A.M.” last Monday, some print and lot’s of local sports radio. Upcoming this week and next, Shropshire will be on:
- KGO/KSFO in San Francisco – taped interview Tuesday, will be used throughout the week in sports updates/news casts
- WHBC/Canton – TODAY, May 7 on the Sam Bourquin Show at 4:35 central time (cst)
- KRLD – “THE FAN”/Dallas – Thursday, May 8, 1:15 cst
- NBC Sports Radio AM1060/Phoenix – Thursday, 5:30 cst
- ESPN Radio/Las Vegas – Thursday
- WDBO/Orlando – Thursday, May 15 – 1:00 p.m. cst
Mike is a witty and sarcastic old Texan – and sounds great on the radio. Its a cool perspective to pitch – a Texan writing about a Texan (Manziel) and the book itself is really fun and interesting. “Johnny Football ” gives an inside look at Manziel’s meteoric rise from rural Texas to becoming a star with the Aggies and being the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Shropshire’s wit is all over it, giving a Texan’s look at the second religion in the state (football) and what Manziel meant and accomplished during his two seasons at Texas A&M.
The book is hitting stores now – or at least should be – and is available at all outlets that sell books on the interwebs. Alternately, you can also enter to win the book – just click on the picture!