(Today's flipSide compliments JL)
As you are no doubt already aware, the "Happy Schnapps Combo" is to Wisconsin what "Rush" is to Canada:
Remember to drink Wisconsinbly!
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It ain't just any band, though. Manitowoc's very own Jim "Bruiser" Krueger, who wrote the hit song "We Just Disagree" just so's his pal Dave Mason could afford to pay him what he was worth, created da Combo with an important goal in mind: t'sing about how much "Da Bears Still Suck".
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Dis was a noble goal indeed, and he was rewarded greatly, never having to buy his own cheesecurds no matter where inna state of Wisconsin he traveled. He is greatly missed, though his brother Rich Krueger and the remaining Combo is doing everyt'ing dey kin t'keep Bruiser's memory alive t'rough his music...
The original band was made up of Bruiser (Otto); Bill (Horst) Soucy; Steve (Wolfgang) Heise; Dave (Helmut) Heise; and Bruiser’s brother Rich (Wenzel) Krueger, who is still with the Schnapps today. The band cut two early albums, “100 Proof” and “Raise It”. Much of the music played by the Happy Schnapps Combo was written by Bruiser; however, Horst also contributed to this madnes
Bruiser was the band’s leader until his unfortunate and untimely death in 1992. But everyone knew that the “show must go on”. And so it did…from the first recording, “100 Proof” to its current album “Polka Power”, the Happy Schnapps Combo has had its mettle tested – and it has survived… to become Wisconsin’s Premier Show Band!
Thank You JL -