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Much like the phenomenon of the glory hole, you never know exactly what the quiz has in store for you... no matter what side of the proverbial wall you're standing on. And last night was no exception. If you were a quizzling at the Dnote last night, you got a brainful of lullaby rock songs, (in)famous vacation spots, almost true facts about politicians, and Denver's own secret shame, Kip Winger.
There were also questions on sins and sinners, the very lucky Max Handelman (a/k/a Mr. Elizabeth Banks), and our special guest star, Corky from Waiting for Guffman was hanging out to ruin some of your favorite romantic moments in film. So yeah, we learned and laughed. We drank and made merry (or made Mary, in some cases). But most importantly, you taught me about Aaron Fechter.
I have to admit, I'm a little late to the Fechter-fest, so stop me if you've heard this one before. (Of course, you can't REALLY stop me because I need to write this to get paid, but you at least have my apologies). A post-quiz conversation with some quizzlings meandered down the conversation trail from pizza to Chuck E. Cheese and to its chief competitor back in the day, Showbiz Pizza Place. Not everyone was fortunate enough to experience Showbiz, so if you missed it here it is in a nutshell. Almost identical to (and at one time owned by) Chuck E. Cheese, minus the disgruntled, gun-toting employees, Showbiz featured awful food, video games, and an overweight bear as a mascot instead of a giant mouse. And of course, Showbiz had the Rock-afire Explosion.
The Rock-afire Explosion was an animatronic band that consisted of various dogs, gorillas, bears, birds, wolves and a rather fetching blonde female mouse in a cheerleader outfit. And while you stuffed your 7-year-old face with the sauce slathered cardboard that passed for pizza at Showbiz, the Rock-afire Explosion jabbered and jeered, quipped and quibbled, but most of all they did what they do best. They. Rocked. (Well, as much as any jerky animatronic musicians can rock... think of Beyoncé dancing, and you'll get the idea).
Now take the DeLorean forward about 20 years and meet Aaron Fechter. Aaron created the Rock-afire explosion (and Whac-A-Mole just for the record) and when Chuck E. Cheese dry humped/merged with Showbiz, Aaron got the short end of the stick and was out of a job. Of course like many geniuses who have been slighted by faceless corporate giants, the genius went mad, drank malt liquor and turned to rock and roll.
I give you now, the genius of Aaron Fechter. Aaron the anima-nianc began reprogramming the Rock-afire Explosion to sync their movements, expressions and music to songs other than Happy Birthday and the Showbiz friendship song. Songs like 1,000,000 from NIN and Lollipop by Li'l Wayne that would surely make Trent Reznor pleased as Jim Jones' punch.
See! It just goes to show that you never know what the quiz has in store for you. Guess you better just show up next week to make sure you don't miss anything. Until then...