Get Out For A Saturday Night Crash Fest

The Demolition Derby will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday at Payson Event Center.

Photo by DJ Craig. |

The Demolition Derby will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday at Payson Event Center.


“Crash! Boom! Bang!” sang rock singer Roxette in 1994.

Yes, Roxette, it’s Demolition Derby time here in Payson once again! This Saturday night (7 p.m., Sept. 7) the annual every-man-for-himself, last-man-moving, winner-take-all event will take place at the yearly Northern Gila County Fair at the Payson Event Center. As always, it promises to be non-stop action from start to finish, with pedals-to-the-metal, engines churning, dirt flying and radiators boiling and spewing. One heck of a redneck good time.

If you’ve never been before, you just might want to give “The Big Crash” event a try. You’ll be sure to be in for lots of laughs and a whole bunch of ooos and aahs.

This week’s question

Can you name the rock singer-songwriter who recorded the 1983 hit song “The Big Crash”?

A former New York City policeman, this rock artist arrived in the late 1970s at the height of album rock’s popularity. While he didn’t have a remarkable voice, he had a knack for catchy, blue-collar rock ’n’ roll, which he delivered with a surprising amount of polished, radio-friendly finesse.

He was able to survive in the early MTV era by filming a series of funny narrative videos, something his peers were reluctant to do. However, he wasn’t able to resist the temptations of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, and his popularity dipped in the mid-’80s as he struggled with various addictions.

Once he sobered up, he made a remarkable comeback in the late 1980s, with singles like “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Walk on Water” reaching the Top 10. Three of his other top singles were “Baby Hold On,” “I Wanna Go Back” and “Peace in our Time.”

Was “The Big Crash” artist A) Nickelback; B) Johnny Cash; C) Quarterflash; or D) Eddie Money?

This week, we’re going to try something new. If you’re caller number five AFTER 9 A.M. ON SATURDAY and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre of music. (It’s been suggested to me that to be fair to the folks who receive their newspaper late on Friday, that I move the call-in time back a bit. So, we’ll see how this goes this week.)

Last week’s question

Last week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the late-1960s, early-1970s R&B group that scored a big hit with its 1968 release “Stone Soul Picnic.”

The group’s breakthrough hit, 1967’s “Up, Up and Away” was an ode to the pleasures of flying in a beautiful balloon.

The quintet’s “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” was a monster hit and grew to become one of the era’s defining pop records. Other top selling song’s for this popular group included the Top 10 hits “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer” and “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All” and its No. 1 hit “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.”

The choices were: The Fifth Estate; The Five Stairsteps; The 5th Dimension; and The Five Strings.

The right answer was the Los Angeles-based, Marilyn McCoo-led group, the 5th Dimension.

The Fifth Estate was a one-hit wonder (“Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead”) late-1960s pop band. The Five Stairsteps scored 18 hits on the charts from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s and may be best remembered for its 1970 “O-o-h Child.” The Five Strings (“Drinkin’ Wine Spoli-Oli”) were a Dallas, Texas rockabilly group in the late-1950s.

Congratulations to this week’s first-time trivia winner, Pine resident Cheryl Wood.

Cheryl was born and raised in New York. After graduating from Rochester’s Benjamin Franklin High School in 1964, she headed off to Rochester Business Institute, where she took her training into careers as an executive assistant and legal secretary.

In the early 1980s, Cheryl met her husband, Don, who was obviously a real catch. Cheryl said, “After a divorce, I joined a Christian support group and on a dark and stormy New Year’s Eve night in that Rochester church, I met the love of my life. We hit it off right away and just 19 days later, Don asked me to marry him. I was so excited — and now we’ve been married for 28 years!” Between the two of them, Don and Cheryl have four adult children. They have lived in Pine since 1987.

Cheryl retired two years ago and now spends her time as a children’s book publisher, reading, walking her horse and goat around her neighborhood, watching sports and doing crafts. She and Don are members of St. Philip’s church. She has a very eclectic taste in music and said, “I like all types of music except rap and hip-hop.” Her three favorite artists are Toby Keith, the Carpenters and Estabon.

A final note

I’d like to wish Payson Roundup photographer and writer, Andy Towle, the very best in his retirement. The award-winning photographer has always been more than gracious in allowing me to pick his brain, as I’ve searched for tips to take better quality and more interesting pictures. His presence along the sidelines of athletic events, at area fund-raisers and so many other Rim Country functions and headline happenings is surely going to be missed.

My best wishes to Andy, who always seemed to have an uncanny knack for digitally capturing the pulse of our community — and to a man who is simply one of Payson’s really good guys.

DJ Craig. (928) 468-1482

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