Thursday, August 07, 2008

RIP Robert Hazard

So this sorta makes me feel old.

Robert Hazard, Philly songwriter and one-time contestant for the title of "the next David Bowie", is dead at the age of 59 after a bout with pancreatic cancer. For those of you too young to remember or not from the Delaware Valley, Hazard put out one great self-released EP (featuring the tracks "Escalator of Life" and "Change Reaction"), got signed to RCA Records, never really broke through, and wrote "Girls Just Want to Have Fun".

Check out the video for "Escalator"...

My only real encounter with Hazard came years ago while staying in Cape May, NJ. Hazard was running an antique/collectibles store there. It was one of those awkward moments where the once-sorta-famous guy knows you're the right age to know who he is and you know he knows so you spend the whole time you're in the store not making eye contact so you don't have to say, "Hey, weren't you Robert Hazard?".

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