The Outcast’s Bloghouse Welcomes… 80s MetalMan

This week’s member inducted into The Oucast’s Bloghouse is the hard man of rock, 80’s MetalMan – otherwise known as Michael.


I have to say right at the outset, that Michael’s bio / life is most fascinating and I kept peeling back astounding layer after layer as I was reading it. Three quick facts will highlight just what I’m talking about;

  • Michael has a BEd in mathematics and is a qualified teacher!
  • Michael has another blog Peaceful Rampage, all about bullying, growing up and Asperger’s syndrome.
  • Michael has some great taste in music; Def Leppard, Queen, ACDC (to name but a few).

I am now going to let the 80’s MetalMan himself explain in more detail his most interesting life, loves and hobbies.

“I am a 56 year old American now living in the UK. The reason for staying in the UK is quite simple and considered by some to be romantic; a woman was involved. When I’m asked, “Don’t you miss America?” I answer no, but there are things I do miss about it. Most of all I miss Captain Crunch cereal and not being able to watch my beloved Philadelphia Flyers when they’re on and having to wait a week to see the Eagles play the Steelers when the play each other every four years!”

As well as his love of heavy rock, Michael is a published author of two books;

“My first novel, “Rock And Roll Children” has been out for two years. It is the story of four young men in the 1980s who are bonded by heavy metal music. They listen to the albums, go to the concerts and suffer the intolerance that many metalheads went through during that time. I was first inspired to write it after watching a tv music history show about 1983. The programme featured acts from that year like Duran Duran, Culture Club, Michael Jackson and The Thompson Twins. The only mention of rock was a 30 second slot on U2. This led me to say, “Wait a minute! I remember 1983 as the year Kiss came out of make up. The year Def Leppard broke through to America and other great metal acts such as Quiet Riot, The Scorpions and Dio. I decided right then that I needed to tell a story that enabled metal heads like me to preserve their heavy metal history.”

Michael was also inspired to write “Rock And Roll Children” to acknowledge the discrimination and victimisation metalheads experiences in 80s Regan-run, button-down America.

Michael’s second novel strikes a different chord (pun intended), however still seeks to impart a message about discrimination, victimisation and bullying;

“My second novel and came out around June, 2013. It’s titled, “He Was Weird” and it’s not about heavy metal but a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets bullied to the point where he snaps and shoots up his school. [I was inspired to write about this because] when I read about such things, my initial reaction is usually, “that could have been me.” “

And I’m sure there’s a lot more to Michael’s life that we could uncover if we kept peeling away the layers. As our resident metalhead and advocate against bullying and victimisation, I dub Michael, a member of the Outcast’s Bloghouse and Not To Be Effed With Roadie To The Bloghouse.

Welcome Michael and here’s you very own Outcast’s Bloghouse logo to display on your blog.

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17 thoughts on “The Outcast’s Bloghouse Welcomes… 80s MetalMan

  1. As another American living in the U.K., I feel moved to say that I have never missed Captain Crunch cereal. Just so we don’t leave people thinking that’s all of us pining over it. What I miss is New York cheesecake, but then I missed that when I lived in Minnesota too.

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      1. When I moved to the UK, we were informed that we had to throw a Thanksgiving party, which involved me learning to make pumpkin pie from scratch, not from canned pumpkin, which doesn’t exist here. If you want a recipe, give me a shout.

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  2. I’ve run out of reply buttons, but here’s your recipe:

    Pumpkin pie

    2/3 c. brown sugar
    ½ tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    ½ tsp ginger
    ½ tsp cloves (ground)
    1 ½ c. pumpkin *
    2 eggs
    /2 tsp vanilla
    ½ c. milk
    ½ c. light cream

    Mix dry ingredients. Mix the pumpkin, lightly beaten eggs, and the milk and cream, then stir in gradually. Pour into a pie shell. **

    Bake at 220 c. (200 in a fan oven) for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 130 for 40 minutes or longer, until a knife comes out clean.

    *To prepare the pumpkin, buy a small pumkin, cut in half and scrape out the seeds and strings. Bake until it goes soft and collapses, then scrape the filling off the rind. Cool, then freeze. Thaw it out and drain it (this sounds pointless but it gets the water out of the pumpkin). Then take a stick blender or whatever you have to it and whizz it up until it turns to moosh. It’s ready to use.

    **You’re on your own for the pie shell. You can buy the prefab stuff and roll it out—it’ll work better than the ones I keep trying to make from scratch, which collapse. To keep the pie shell crisp longer, you can bake the crust empty briefly (fill it with dried beans, resting on wax paper, to keep it from collapsing, then take those out to let it brown just a bit) or paint the bottom with a bit of beaten egg or egg white. Eventually, it goes mushy anyway. If you come up with a solution, let me know.

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