Balboa Vs. The Earth Slayer


Note: Before the first album was released, he placed a call to the NBC producer in charge of the NFL Super Bowl festivities, suggesting that instead of opening the game with "The Star Spangled Banner", NBC should use Bruce Springsteen singing an original, antiwar song, "Balboa Vs. The Earth Slayer". That anyone who lives in the United States could suggest such a thing is astonishing enough. But when he was immediately and understandably turned down, Appel reportedly became enraged. "Someday I’m gonna give you a call and remind you of this," he told the stunned producer. "Then I’m gonna make another call and you’ll be out of a job." (So the story goes. Appel admits making the call.)

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