Friday, September 4, 2009

c is for contest

c is for contest, cleveland, and creative! the first person to post a comment which correctly identifies the architect of the iconic cleveland building above captures the prize - a cool cleveland cadeau!

cleveland folks love their tattoos....not as elaborate as adam wilson's tat celebration of cleveland r's tat is creative and shows off what I've been told is the cleveland handshake.
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in 1979 ian hunter (former lead singer of british rock band mott the hoople) released his song cleveland rocks. the song immediately became the de facto theme song for the city. according to hunter "the inspiration for 'Cleveland Rocks' goes back to the old days when people used to make fun of Cleveland. Cleveland was 'uncool' and LA and NYC were 'cool'. I didn't see it that way. Lotta heart in Cleveland."

soon after hunter released the song, then mayor dennis kucinich presented ian with the key to the city.

most folks know the 1997 version of the song, covered by the presidents of the united states and used as the theme song for the drew carey show.

16 comments:

Merle Sneed said...

I don't know the answer to the question, but the building puts me in mind of the balance of life.

I admire the spirit of Cleveland, sometimes down, but never out.

OldFraud said...

rock and roll hall of fame

subtorp77 said...

I...am...clewless...and good to see Ian still has it( wasn't he in studio the last couple of years? )Cool tune, kimy!

mum said...

I join the other clueless ones. My knowledge of Cleveland is limited to one of the concourses at the Hopkins International Airport, when I flew puddle-hopper flights from Panama City Florida to Montreal or Toronto for meetings (they had pretty good sandwiches in one of the airport food places, if memory serves.)

cheers, kimy.

Megan said...

My guess would also be the R&R Hall of Fame. So, I guess, if that's right, I don't win. :)

Happy Labor Day weekend!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

no one is a winner yet....I suggest folks read the question carefully!

Ricky Shambles said...

The R&R Hall of fame was designed by I.M.. Pei, wasn't it?

I've got to visit here more. Lived most of my life in Cleveland until 5 years ago and - embarrassingly - have never been inside. Heading to the North Shore this weekend to visit the rents in Parma :)

Roy said...

My knowledge of architects isn't all that good. Ricky says I.M. Pei, and I know Pei designed that pyramid entrance-thingy for the Louvre, but that's all I know about him. And Frank Lloyd Wright's houses, and Bucky's geodesic domes. There you have it - my entire knowledge base on architects.

I never had a chance at that hat, did I? Heh, heh!

Megan said...

Argh! I don't know the architect. So tempted to look it up!!!

Baino said...

No idea about the architect but I'll Google it! Haha, the Cleveland Handshake and Ian Hunter used to be a favourite of mine I'd forgotten all about him.

mum said...

Having now read the question carefully, I say it's the Cleveland Cantilevered Candelabra. That's my final word.

cheers, kimy.

subtorp77 said...

I'll admit to looking it up (oops!). But I've never even seen a picture of this building, 'til now. I don't fancy the admission price!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

drumroll please.....we have a winner!

former clevelander ricky nailed it - it is i.m. pei....now, ricky you need to get yourself to visit one time up are up visiting your rents!

subby pointed out the admission price is steep (yikes, I just checked and it's gone up since I last went), but if you are a r&r aficionado the price is well worth it. but you have to have a good block of time (minimum 3 hours) to do the museum right. I always get lost in the interactive exhibits which trace the musical influences that artists have....it's great fun. and the vids are super...my particular favorite is the installation for 'video killed the radio star'

roy - although your state your knowledge of architects is limited it was enough to answer correctly! for that I'll be mailing you a cleveland postcard!!

(ricky, your prize will be coming out to the 'mouse studio' - just need a snail mail address which you can email to me at kyanoshik at gmail)

oldfraud...you did id the building so if you email a snail mail address you too can receive an authentic cleveland post card!

megan - you get a post card too!

roy and megan, have your addresses!

thanks everyone for playing!

oh merle, you are spot on cleveland sometimes is down, but the spirit is never out!!

California Girl said...

i know that's the R&R Hall of FAme but don't know the architect.

I am curious. How did Cleveland get to build the R& R H of F anyway?

Ricky Shambles said...

CA Girl, from Wikipedia: "Cleveland lobbied hard to be chosen, citing that Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed is widely credited with promoting the new genre (and the term) of "rock and roll", and that Cleveland was the location of the first rock and roll concert. Civic leaders in Cleveland pledged $65 million in public money to fund the construction. A petition drive was signed by 600,000 fans favoring Cleveland over Memphis, and a USA Today poll which Cleveland won by 100,000 votes. The hall of fame board voted to build the museum in Cleveland."

But having the museum wasn't enough to build some respect for Cleveland; it wasn't until a year or two ago that they finally moved the induction ceremony gala from NYC to Cleveland.

California Girl said...

Thank you Ricky! I'm glad you researched that for me. I have wondered for ages. Alan Freed makes sense.

even if Cleveland can't get no respect, I hear the ball park is dynamite too. actually, I've heard it's a lovely city.