Many would argue it’s the most Pittsburgh-ish rock album ever.
Released in 1980, The Iron City Houserockers’ “Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)” characterized the hard-working, fast-living blue-collar types that frontman and lyricist Joe Grushecky encountered before, during and after the band’s loud, sweaty, Steel City shows.
Powered by songs like “Pumpin’ Iron,” “Junior’s Bar” and the street philosophy title track, “Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)” made an impact felt far beyond western Pennsylvania. Critics piled on praise such as an “American classic” (Rolling Stone), “the strongest album an American band has made this year” (The Village Voice) and “a masterpiece of hard-bitten Rust Belt rock” (All Music Guide).
A 40th anniversary deluxe expanded reissue of “Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)” went on sale digitally Friday. The CD and vinyl versions come out June 19.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh area DJs had a change of tempo on Saturday.
Truck beds became DJ booths with generators, laptops, and turntables strapped to the back.
Almost 40 local DJs hit the streets laying beats down in about 50 neighborhoods for a mobile DJ dance party.
“We host parties we host events and help people have the most amazing time with their families but we haven’t been able to do that,” said DJ Willie T, who was participating in the parade in the Elizabeth Township neighborhood.
By the looks of it, the message was well-received.
Residents emerged from their homes and onto their porches. They danced along from their stoops and lawns while maintaining social distancing.
The parade came as a total surprise for the family of little Finnegan Connors of Elizabeth Township, who was celebrating his 4th birthday with a block party when the mobile DJ booth rolled passed his house.
“We had a DJ and it turned into a dance party and it was amazing,” said Courtney Connors, Finnegan’s mom.
Shyheed Hatch was one of the DJs mixing it up on Saturday.
He told KDKA, music has helped him get through some tough times. He’s hopeful the community had the same reaction.
“I love music. Music is everything to me. It saved me a lot but today it’s for the community. It’s bigger than ourselves. That’s what we’re here to do,” said Hatch.
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