“Wow, was it ’77 or ’78? I remember it because Northeast Ohio was under a blanket of snow about 30 inches deep. At that point, everybody in the band had quit their day jobs just to be totally dedicated to the band, so people were letting us sleep in their living rooms or wherever we could sleep. We got a call from Richard Branson — we were all in our 20′s back then. He says, “Hey, wanna come down to Jamaica?” And I’m looking outside at the snow — I’m wearing a winter coat to try to eat breakfast in this cold apartment — and I said, “Yeah, I’ll come down to Jamaica.” So Bob 2 (Bob Casale) and me went down. To make a long story short — I’m trying to think of how to paraphrase this — he had a bunch of guys from Virgin Records with him. We were in this nice hotel room. They brought out all this Jamaican marijuana. In Ohio, we didn’t have drugs at all. Instead of the summer of love, we had the summer of agony over and over again. And they were asking us what we thought of the Sex Pistols, and we said, “Oh, we really like ‘em. At their last show in San Francisco we were there, and they came to our show, and it’s a shame they broke up, blah, blah, blah.” “And what do you think of Johnny Rotten?” “Oh, we think he’s great. We think he should totally change what he’s doing and do something new.” And they go, “Well, that’s great, because Johnny Rotten wants to join Devo and he’s in the next room. And we have members of the press from all over England with us here, and I’d like to take everybody down to the beach and make the announcement that Johnny Rotten is joining Devo.” And when he said that, I remember looking at Richard Branson, and I realized he had the mandible and these protruding teeth of a brain-eating ape. And I became scared of him after that.”—Mark Mothersbaugh (via personalhomepage)
The people that love a good meat & tater meals are in for a treat! Cheers NW is a cozy neighborhood watering hole tucked into the NW/Nob Hill neighborhood. On the corner of 19th & Quimby to be exact and super easy to find. From Pioneer Square to Cheers NW is less then 15 minutes by street car. If your pinching pennies, you can get off at the last stop in “fare-less square” and easily walk the remaining blocks. If your driving, they have their own parking lot behind the building. The bartenders at Cheers are very friendly. They are known for good stiff drinks as well as conversation. There is the gaming room in the back, where the gamblers try their luck. They have Keno as well as scratch-it’s. A full Oregon lottery-powerball hook up. They do that crazy Karaoke on Wednesday nights. My best singing is done in the shower but it’s fun to see them rockin out “Smoke on the water” by Deep Purple. The other half of Cheers NW is 9 booths and 4 or 5 tables for 2. The restaurant has a new chef in office and it shows. Some of the items Cheers NW is known for is the Tortilla (taco) soup & the Thursday prime rib special. Tortilla soup is served with a scoop of sour cream and corn tortillas chips to dip. Every daily special ($5.50) comes with the main item on special, choice of fries, soup or salad. Thursday’s special is just that! I’m talking a phat slice of finely seasoned prime rib, baked tater, my choice of soup(the bean -n- bacon is good) or salad, all for $6.75! I have not found a better quality/quantity on prime rib in Portland. You just have to see for yourself. For your listening pleasure, they have a video jukebox w/touch screen search and a large selection of musical genres. I heard mostly classic rock, which I happen to like but there is so much more. The atmosphere has always been friendly and the conversation plentiful. Lots of regulars during the afternoon/evening. The women tending bar do a great job. It’s a pleasure spending time at Cheers NW. A 4 star place.
—Review on Citysearch for Cheers, a now - closed bar in NW Portland that I used to frequent.