11 best ways CC Club regulars admitted to nights they couldn't remember
Since he started as the CC's day bartender in 1978, Bobby Bell has lost some memories to the years.
photo by Tony Nelson
For every tale that regulars past and present recollected for this week's cover story about the CC Club, there were a handful more that they couldn't remember.
Some of these were simply lost to the intervening years: The story begins in the early 1970s, and many of the regulars included in it have been going to or working at the bar for decades. Some of the memories, though, just weren't there to begin with, claimed right as they were happening by pitchers of beer and late nights. Here are 11 of the best memories -- and half-memories, and missing memories-- lost to the CC Club's beer-soaked walls.
See Also: - COVER: Here Comes a Regular: An Oral History of the CC Club - An oral history of the CC Club jukebox - Slideshow: Behind the scenes: The CC Club, an oral history
11. Peter Jesperson, co-founder of Twin/Tone Records: God, it really was just such an institution, we were there so much. There are thousands of memories, really. There are too many to pick out just a handful.
10. Tommy Stinson, bassist for the Replacements: We all had kind of a running rapport with the people who worked there, but I couldn't name them right now because it's been so long since I've been in there.
9. Q: Do you remember any particularly fun nights at the bar?
A: Dave Pirner, lead singer of Soul Asylum : [ laughs ] Of course not! But I remember a lot of birthday parties, and a lot of kind of craziness between the house across the street and the bar. It's fun to try to remember. I'm getting lost in a lot of reminiscing. Wow, it was part of my life.
8. Hugo Klaers, drummer for the Suburbs: One time when I did drive to the CC, I woke up the next morning in my house on 24th and Pleasant and I'm like, "Oh my God, I don't remember driving." And the first thing I did was I ran to my window to look and see if my car was out there, if I smashed anything. And my car wasn't there and I was like panicking, just what the hell happened. Then Jim Peterson [who worked at Oar Folk] called me. And he's like, "How you doing?" I'm like, "I dunno I'm freaking out. I don't know how I got home. I can't find my car." He's like, "Don't worry, you were a little bit drunk I drove you home I have your car." He's like, "Just come over to Oar Folk and I'll give you the keys."
7. Bobby Bell, day bartender since 1978: A lot of those in the middle years start to run together. All these things probably happened over a 10, 15 year period, but it feels like a one or two year period.
6. Moe Emard, co-owner of the bar until May 1: Over the years, I've had customers that I haven't seen in about 15 years that come in, and I wouldn't remember their name but I would remember them. It's easier for them to remember one person -- me -- but for me to remember hundreds over the years! If you don't see somebody for 20 years, boy, what's that person's name again.
5. Bell: Occasionally people come in after being away for a while and I know their face, but I can't remember them. People get older or move out of the neighborhood, but I think it always stays the same. It's like a replenishing of regulars.
4. Stinson: I probably spent a few New Year's Eves in there, but I can't remember them.
3. Klaers: I would guess that we had some really, really dynamic conversations there but not many people can remember them.
2. Stinson: I don't really have any one outstanding memory. I spent too many years in that place to have one stick. That was so long ago and so many brain cells ago. If you know what I'm saying. It was just general goofing off. Wasting time, wasting precious time and brain cells.
1. Emard: There's a lot of bars that, after they stop going there, people forget about, but not this place. People remember this place over the years, always, and that's always been like that.
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