Saturday, November 19, 2022

November 19th, 2022 - A Spring Session Playafication


"And now for something completely different..."  

Hey there!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here with another fun pairing for ya!  Although you all know me as a crazy. hard rockin' metalhead, I also enjoy a wide variety of musical styles and genres.  Today, I'm pairing a favorite non-metal album of mine, "Spring Session M", the debut by new wave rockers Missing Persons with a delicious and very juicy Playafication NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale from Revision Brewing Company!  

Album Info:

  • Artist: Missing Persons 
  • Title: "Spring Session M"
  • Recorded: 1980 through 1982 at Chateau Recorders in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: October 8th, 1982 (1st studio album by Missing Persons)
  • Record company: Capitol Records
  • Production: Ken Scott
  • Album cover art: Kurt Triffet (artwork and design) and Glen Wexler (photography, art direction, and design)
  • Personnel: Dale Bozzio (lead vocals), Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers, and backing vocals), Warren Cuccurullo (guitars and backing vocals), Patrick O'Hearn (electric and synthesized bass, keyboards, and synthesizers), and Chuck Wild (synthesizers and keyboards)
  • Musical style: Synth-pop, new wave, pop rock, art rock
  • Sound: Combining the incredible talents of the Bozzios, Cuccurullo, O'Hearn (who all cut their teeth working with and touring with Frank Zappa) and Wild (an already fairly well-established composer/songwriter), Missing Persons' sound is a unique blend of early '80s synth-pop and provocative art rock.  Each musician brings a crucial element to the sound of the band... Dale's vocals are richly textured, sexy, and wildly amusing with her little high-pitched gasps, Terry's drumming is a blistering, progressive powerhouse of intricate signature changes and rhythms along with sheer power, Cuccurullo brings a tapestry of pop guitar sensibility and nuance, and the combined colorful keys work of Terry Bozzio, O'Hearn, and Wild really soars! 
  • Major themes: Life, isolation, frustration, disillusion, rebellion, sanity, etc.
  • Notes: The name of the album is an anagram of the band's name.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Noticeable One"
  2. "Windows"
  3. "It Ain't None Of Your Business"
  4. "Destination Unknown"
  5. "Walking In L.A."
  6. "U.S. Drag"
  7. "Tears"
  8. "Here And Now"
  9. "Words"
  10. "Bad Streets"
  11. "Rock And Roll Suspension"
  12. "No Way Out"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Revision Brewing Company (Sparks, Nevada)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Playafication NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale 
  • Style: New England-style Hazy India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBUs: 42
  • Ingredients: Mosaic hops
  • Pour: The Playafication pours a very hazy golden-yellow hue with a frothy, bright white, 1+ finger head with great retention and lots of sudsy, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy and tropical with more subtle floral and malt elements.  There are aromas of orange juice, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, bright mango, wildflowers, and soft caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: Hop-forward and very juicy, the taste of the Playafication is citrusy, fruity, and malty.  There are notes of orange juice, tangerine, peach, light grapefruit juice, mango, pineapple, guava, melon, sweet caramel, and an ever so slight hint of booze.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and very juicy, yet smooth and creamy with a dry, slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The Playafication is a juicy and bright brew... great for the unique and wonderfully artistic new wave rock stylings of Missing Persons!  And the beer label and album art cover look great together as well!  'Nuff said!

Make sure to check out my interview with Ms. Dale Bozzio here:


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