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Random and Obscure Fact: Steam 

In 1969, a bunch of studio musicians wrote and recorded a tune that will live forever. Though it was a hit at the time, it quickly faded into cultural obscurity as they never had another hit song.

The Resurrection.

The 1980's rolled around. On afternoon, at a blow-out game in a football stadium, the victorious home fans began to mock-serenade the losing team with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Good-bye." It was genius and hilarious (in a nasty sort of way, the ultimate "rubbing it in"), and quickly caught on at sporting events throughout these great United States. Now even the team bands get in the act:

The name of the band assembled by the studio musicians who wrote this gem was called Steam.

Last week, I drove a young man who told me that, back in the day, his father was a member of Steam.

(Was the guy pulling my leg? I don't think so; This is far too random a story to make up and share with a cabdriver. In any event, let's call it true.)

So, right here in our own South Burlington, a musical celebrity dwells among us in humble anonymity! (I thought you'd like to know this.)

Hey Hey - Good-bye!

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Jernigan Pontiac is a Burlington cab driver whose biweekly "Hackie" column has been appearing in Seven Days since 2000. He has published two book-length collections, Hackie: Cab Driving and Life, and Hackie 2: Perfect Autumn.

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