Spring Break : Super Saturday!

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Tickets go on sale at 9.27am next Thursday August 7th, online at
www.tickets.ie , Sound Cellar & City Discs.

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Ed Rollins here, canvassing on behalf of your favourite 80s Super
Group. The band assures me they hope this electronic correspondence
finds you well.

As we all know, the enduring appeal of Spring Break is often
attributed to their construction of bipartisan pop hits that
bandwagoned and sloganeered their way to the top of the Billboard
Chart. Somewhat less well known however, is that the ease with which
these melodic market leaders were created owes much to the laissez
faire song writing climate that bore them.

I have long seen the guys’ rehearsal yacht as being both a free market
of creativity and a vessel of musical self-regulation: a pristine
sailboat where the greatest demand is for and of themselves. Song
writing sessions have often been fraught – it’s true that cocktails
have been thrown, satin shirts ripped and beard trimmers hidden – but
in the end they have always pulled together and asked the same
questions of each other: is this the best we can do? Can we make this
more commercially viable? Are you drinking that?

And so it is every four years when Spring Break turn their attention
to another of their great passions: the political future of the free
world.

Sure, sumptuous tax breaks and prime investment opportunities with
military contractors are the kind of benefits the guys have enjoyed as
lifelong card-carriers of the GOP, but this is one band that has never
shirked its political responsibility. While many of their peers have
spent their careers hiding behind liberal rhetoric, Spring break have
allowed their actions to speak as loudly as their shirts. It was this
I had in mind when I made my boldest move as the National Director of
the Reagan/Bush Presidential campaign of 1984.

September 27th, 1983 was the date and NBC Studios in NYC the place
that the race for The White House irreversibly turned in favour Ron
and George that election year. It was when and where an unrepeated
precedent occurred in American politics: a debate between the
favourite musical artists of both nominees. Fighting the corner for
the Mondale/Ferraro Democratic that night was a singer/songwriter
called Bob Dylan.

Though the opening exchanges were nervy – with both sides attacking
the vacuity of the others’ lyrics – the aging troubadour began to
falter under Spring Break’s electric onslaught. Dylan’s doubts about
the GOP’s commitment to foreign aid, for instance, seemed imprudent
once he was informed by Sonny Prizewater that he and his band had once
blessed the rains down in Africa.

The contest, and entire campaign, changed in one instant however, when
Dylan claimed it should be him and not Spring Break who should act as
musical director for the planned Hollywood blockbuster, Cocktail. The
frail folk balladeer claimed he had learned all there was to know
about the art form from Kenny Loggins while holidaying with the
bearded soundtrack machine in Montego Bay during the fall of ’82.

Jan Van Couver’s reply was as swift as it was defining: “Bob, I’ve
played with Kenny Loggins; I know Kenny Loggins; Kenny Loggins is a
friend of mine. Bob, you’re no Kenny Loggins.” With that, the
Mondale/Ferraro campaign was knocking on heaven’s door. Ron and George
were returned to the White House later that year with a 49 State
landslide victory.

I will always be indebted to the guys’ performance that night. Despite
my best efforts, it was the last time we would see Spring Break in a
televised political debate. But now, 25 years later, they have chosen
to remember that moment with a commemorative music concert in Dublin’s
Tripod, September 27th, 2008.

Tickets to this Super Saturday show are €24.50 and go on sale at
9.27am, Thursday August 7th, online at www.tickets.ie and in Sound
Cellar on Nassau St. I hope to be there myself and look forward to
voting Spring Break with you all.

Until then,

Keep the fire burnin’

Ed & Spring Break