They Just Seem a Little Weird tells the whole strange story of how '70s rock conquered the world, from Detroit Rock City to Budokan. Doug Brod brilliantly captures the moment when loud guitars collided with old-school showbiz glitz and helped create the future.
— Rob Sheffield, authorof Dreaming the Beatles
In uncovering the zillion interconnections between three of the most popular and influential rock bands of their era-and one that shoulda, coulda, woulda been-They Just Seem a Little Weird compellingly embodies a familiar but essential life lesson: it's a small world after all, so be nice to everyone you meet, because you might do a reunion tour with them 40 years from now.
— Michael Azerrad,author of Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the Indie Underground1981-1991
"They Just Seem a Little Weird is a wildly entertaining study of four Me Decade bands, showing how their influence would come to shape successive generations and genres of music. Doug Brod delivers the perfect balance of reportage, reminiscence, and rock-and-roll excess. Deeply researched, evocatively written, and utterly enjoyable-this is a surprisingly essential work of pop culture history.
— Bob Mehr, author of TroubleBoys: The True Story of the Replacements
"Once upon a
time, in the faraway galaxy known as the '70s, there were four tightly
knit gangs of misfits and screwups-three mega-platinum Hall of Fame bands and
one near miss. Doug Brod thoroughly and seamlessly chronicles their
interlocking stories, and how their ups and downs, friendships and
rivalries, lucky breaks and twists of fate rewrote the rules of rock and
roll for America's denim-clad masses."—Alan Light, SiriusXMradio host and author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen,Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
"They Just Seem A Little Weird pays tribute to the bands I started loving as a young teen. When Kiss, Aerosmith, and Cheap Trick finally broke through, I could say, 'I told you so' to all of the disbelievers, but Starz were also important to me. I saw all of these bands live in New York City and loved every minute. Doug Brod nails it and takes me back. It's a fun read.
— Matt Pinfield, radioand TV host
"Doug Brod gives
the '70s hard rock world of Kiss, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz the
scholarly research, historical narrative and-above all else-the respect it
deserves. You'll be constantly entertained and enlightened by his backstage
stories and newly unearthed-and eye-opening-connections between all those
bands. The book rock and rolls and parties all night, on every page."—David Browne,author, Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, JamesTaylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970
detail-rich book exemplifies the same transfixing qualities of the bands he
profiles: The over-the-top hysteria of KISS, the creative tension of Aerosmith,
the charming accessibility of Cheap Trick, and the competency of Starz."—Chuck Klosterman,author of Fargo Rock City
You wanted the best and you got it, the hottest rock-history book of the year... They Just Seem a Little Weird! Doug Brod expertly weaves together the stories of three iconic bands and a fourth act, Starz, you may never have heard of-but by which you'll be no less intrigued. It's a smart, funny, and thoroughly fascinating look at an incredibly influential era in American rock music.
— Mark Yarm, authorof Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
describes KISS as 'smart guys writing dumb songs for smart people.' In this
loving and detailed book, Brod is a smart guy writing about dumb bands for
smart people. He turns over every rawk in finding connections between four
proudly ludicrous bands who have rarely been taken this seriously, except by
their accountants. Brod follows these longhaired scallywags from obscurity to
debauchery to (usually, not always) sobriety, and tells a story that isn't
about just rock music, but about America."—Rob Tannenbaum,coauthor of I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music VideoRevolution
4ever! Doug Brod delivers on the preposterous bands that made
the '70s fun and the '80s a blur, all while feeding sincerity to the crocodiles
and reinflating the rock star."—RJ Smith, authorof The One: The Life and Music of James Brown
"Doug Brod surrenders
to his passion for '70s pop rock in this thoroughly researched and meticulously
wrought group portrait, and, much to his credit, he is happy to give himself
away as a lifelong fan of music he defends as well worth the attention. This a
rock book of the rarest kind: unaffected, unpretentious, and unafraid to be
fun."—David Hajdu, authorof Positively 4th Street