Friday, January 12, 2024

January 12th, 2024 - An Extroversa Telephone Love Affair


Hey there rockers, rollers, headbangers, and hopheads!  Happy Friday!  The Meista here today rocking the hell out with a pairing of "Telephone Love Affair" by V.A.M.P., a local band from here in Utah back in the '80s and a tart and tasty Extroversa Quick Sour from Offset Bier Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: V.A.M.P.
  • Title: "Telephone Love Affair"
  • Recorded: 1988 through 1991 at LA East Studios and Audio Visual Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah; live tracks recorded February 9th, 1991 at The Jazz Cellar in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Release date: October 22nd, 2021 (1st full length studio album by V.A.M.P.)
  • Record company: Metallic Blue Records
  • Production: V.A.M.P. / Harlot 
  • Album cover art: Raziel Kainen (artwork), Jay Gough (original album art), and Tyler Thorsted (album design)
  • Personnel: Larry Dee (lead and backing vocals), Joanna Johnson (keyboards and backing vocals), Kurt Johnson (lead and rhythm guitars, and backing vocals), Dan Medley (drums and backing vocals), and Mark Morrison (bass and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
  • Sound: With influence from bands like Bad Company and Whitesnake, the sound on "Telephone Love Affair" is melodic, yet gritty and heavy hitting.  It is pure'80s adrenaline-fueled hard rock with some really beautiful, slower ballads as well.  
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, rebellion, lust, romance, love, life, war, etc. 
  • Notes: V.A.M.P. is an acronym for Visual Arts Metal Project.  V.A.M.P. later changed their name to Harlot. 
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Telephone Love Affair"
  2. "I Heard You Cryin'"
  3. "Addicted"
  4. "Legend"
  5. "Civil War"
  6. "Don't Do It"
  7. "I Hear You Cryin'" (alternate version)
  8. "Vampire"
  9. "Ready To Rock"
  10. "Full Time Trouble"
  11. "Ready To Rock" (live)
  12. "Rock On" (live)
  13. "Telephone Love Affair" (live)
  14. "Addicted" (live
  15. "Legends" (live)
  16. "Vampire" (live)

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Offset Bier Company (Park City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Extroversa Quick Sour
  • Style: Sour Ale / Fruited Beer
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Ingredients: Guava, red prickly pear, and lime juices
  • Pour: The Extroversa pours a very murky peachy pink hue with a billowy and thick, 2+ finger, off-white head with great retention and lots of sudsy lacing. 
  • Nose: Fruit forward, the nose is tropical, citrusy, sweet, and sour.  There are aromas of guava, passion fruit, lime zest and juice, lemon zest, prickly pear, kiwi, a hint of oak, and a hint of honey.
  • Taste: The taste is like the nose: fruity, tart, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of guava, prickly pear, sour apple, lime juice, lemon juice, agua fresca, light cereal grains, and light honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Extroversa is very crisp, juicy, and tart, yet smooth with a slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: With the hairspray-fueled, heavy-duty rock and roll of "Telephone Love Affair", you need a brew that has complexity and big flavor along with refreshing drinkability!  Thus, the Extroversa Quick Sour from Offset Bier Company!  The bright, fruity flavors of the brew is a great complimentary beverage to the fun, fast, and rockin' style of V.A.M.P.!  'Nuff said!


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