Robert Hazard, Philly Rock n Roll icon and all-around hero to a lot of Philly kids my age, died recently. He was 59. I can still recall driving around in the back of my brother's car with Pat and Pat, my two best buds at the time, when I was too young to drive but too old to be home on a Friday night. We would blast "Escalator of Life" and "Change Reaction" on the Pep Boys cassette deck duct-taped into the dash of my Mom's old Plymouth Valiant, cruising around the Deptford Mall parking lot. Somehow we thought loud music, an old four-door, and rude suggestions loudly made would impress the girls. Sometimes, we were right.
He'll be missed, he was a Philly original and the scene in the City of Brotherly love owes him a debt of gratitude, as does Cyndi Lauper for writing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" :) .