Monetary Exchange: The Day We Met Eddie Money
Thu., Feb. 26. 2015 12:40am EST
We'd never recorded a parody of Eddie Money before our latest single, but a couple of us did meet him once -- at an airport back in October 2006. No, we didn't have two tickets to paradise; we'd actually just landed in Houston.
J. and Hubie wound up at the same baggage carousel as Eddie and his band, but didn't want to disturb him. However, when Eddie noticed they were gathering guitar/keyboard cases, he approached and asked what band they were in.
"Led Zeppelin," replied Hubie. "Didn't recognize us, did you?" That elicited a hearty laugh from Eddie. J. then told him they were in a Christian rock band called ApologetiX.
"That's great," said Eddie, shaking their hands. "Nothing like playing music for Jesus, huh, guys?" J. said, "We know who YOU are, Mr. Money," and told him he especially liked one of Eddie's lesser-known singles, "Endless Nights," from 1987. "That's a good song," said Eddie. "We should put that back in our shows."
Hubie was quite amused that J. referred to Eddie as "Mr. Money." Technically, he started out as Edward Mahoney, a former trainee for the New York Police Department.
We're sure Eddie has long since forgotten our encounter, but he had a memorable a string of hits from the late 1970's through the early 1990's, including "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Baby Hold On," "Maybe I'm a Fool," "Gimme Some Water," "Shakin'," "Think I'm in Love," "Take Me Home Tonight," "I Wanna Go Back," "Walk on Water," and "Peace in Our Time."