Drunken stories with Steve Hughes, the relentless metal assault of Minus9, and a sneak peak at The Nightman Cometh …on the upcoming Saturday Six Pack


This week’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack is going to be a special one, as my old friend, the great writer Steve Hughes, will be driving down from his Hamtramck estate to tells us what it’s like to make one’s living collecting stories from drunks in bars, read from back issues of his award-winning zine Stupor, and take your calls. [I’ve found Steve to be a reliable source of exceptional advice over the years, so, if you have any big, complicated issues that you’re currently struggling with, or if you’ve just got something that you’d like to confess, you might want to give us a call on the AM 1700 hotline.] I don’t know if there’s time to get a copy before the show, but, if you really want to get the most out of our time together, you might want to consider buying a copy of Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories, or, if you don’t have time for that, you can check out the interview I did with Steve not to long ago for our Untold History of Zines series. Seriously, he’s an amazing guy, and you’ll kick yourself forever if you don’t listen in.

And, that’s not all. We’ll also be joined by another old friend… Andy Claydon… and his buddy Steve Marton, who, when forced together, transform into the deadly rock duo of Minus9. The boys will be stopping by the studio on Saturday night to celebrate the ninth birthday of their band with us, before heading over to Crossroads, where they’ll be playing with the likes of Black Monuments, Watabou, and Congress. While they’re in the studio, we’ll be talking with them about their latest release, “Valley of the Sick & the Stupid,” why they chose the put it out on CD instead of some other, better format, and why they’re so hostile toward white people and society in general. To those of you who have asked why I would have them on after the incident at Totally Awesome Fest, I’ll just say this… Mike Douglas didn’t turn his back on the Rolling Stones after Altamont. [If, after reading this, you find yourself a little bit Minus9-curious, check them out on Youtube.]

And, if face melting metal isn’t your thing, we’ll also have a segment for the theater lovers in the audience. Marisa Dluge will be dropping by the studio to give us a sneak peak behind the velvet curtain… a special preview of next week’s local production of the classic musical The Nightman Cometh: an epic tale of karate and friendship for everyone. [The show, should you want to see it after hearing a bit of it over the radio, will be debuting Saturday, June 13 at Crossroads. Tickets are $10.]

And, at some point during the night, when our guard is down, we’re told that Colin Moorhouse – the man who claimed in episode number two to communicate with me in my dreams – will be attempting to get on the air to tell us about a recent visit to Ypsilanti’s newest downtown dollar store, and promote his zine, Ypsilanti Underground.

Assuming none of them flake out, and I don’t somehow self-destruct, it should be an incredible show.

If you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing. Or, better yet, print out a few copies of the poster above, glue them to the sides of your children and pets, and set them loose to run around Ypsi Arbor.


Unless you live really close by, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of TuneIn.com.

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing. We love phone calls. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’re doing time in… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening. If we don’t get at least one call per show, we feel really bad about ourselves.

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  1. Posted June 4, 2015 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Don’t miss the episode that will win the Peabody.

  2. Posted June 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    And we may not win very often, but my volleyball team is always the most fashionable.

  3. Posted June 5, 2015 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    People will have an interesting experience.

  4. Eel
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Maybe Steve could recruit people from Smarty Cats to come over and tell their stories live on the air.

  5. anonymous
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    You should beg for calls more. Good things happen when you beg for calls.

  6. XXX
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I’m just happy that your head isn’t on Caitlyn Jenner’s body this week.

  7. Alice Toms
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    You should play the hatchet story for Steve. When I heard it my first thought was Stupor.

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