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It’s with great sadness we pay our respect to the man responsible for getting Style down the road he is on. Our friend Bill Dees passed
away on October 24, 2012. “It hit me hard when I found out about his health crisis. It hurt to see him go through what he had to but every
time I spoke to him since I found out the diagnosis, he seemed to ease me through his pain and never complained. Bill was a fun guy, had
an inspiring personality and was a multitalented man. There is so much amazing material he wrote that was never recorded, luckily many
tunes were. He must have written over a thousand songs. He lived an epic life and I have an immeasurable amount of respect for him. When
I felt at my lowest, all I had to do was pick up the phone and he’d brighten up my day. He always seemed to be in a good mood and made time
for people. His door was always open for me and I’ll always be grateful for knowing him, writing with him, to have him as a mentor and a dear
friend. He always amazed me by his outlook on life and by his amazing talents. Bill inspired me, entertained me, made me laugh, sometimes
shake my head, and when I heard the news that he was gone, he made me cry.” Style has a blog written about him in the
Piece of Mind Blog
section of the website. “I could go on for hours about the times I had with Bill, I’ve never met anyone like him and the times we spent
together were some of the most memorable ones in my life.” Pictured above is from their first writing session together outside his house
in ’96. Below is some raw footage from Style’s personal home movies from their last visit in Branson in 2011 with Bill playing on Lyle’s
guitar. Bill could sit for hours playing and never come close to running out of great songs (you can see clips of him playing from daylight
to darkness in this video which was like most of the great times Lyle spent with him).
Style met up with country music legend Roy Clark when he was in Winnipeg. “Roy Clark has always been good to me. He’s a true music legend and a
super nice guy. It shows what kind of a stand-up guy he is as he still did the Canadian tour despite having multiple serious surgeries before
hitting the road. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, you can tell he was having a rough time but still gave his best. I’ve seen him many times
over the years and this was definitely a memorable show. Hell, he even did the amazing rare track called ‘Right or Left at Oak Street’, that’s
worth the ticket right there.”
It’s been made apparent that some people are quite concerned
about the content of this website.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite
the weak at heart to click the “x” in the upper right hand corner of your screen if you aren’t prepared for the terrible things that lay waiting
in these pages. Style barked when asked for comment, “If I’m offended by something I see or hear, I don’t look or I stop listening. To anyone
that knows me, I have a sarcastic sense of humor. I shouldn’t have to put a disclaimer next to everything I say or write that is meant as such.
I’m in my forties and receiving lectures, it’s ridiculous.”
Style has become a Godfather for the fifth time. No details or photos related to this event are being released to the public.
Many people have been sending the office emails checking on Mr. Style to check with him to see how he was doing in the face of
a tumultuous year. He simply answered “How I’m doing completely depends on who I am talking to”.
Banned from the Opry??
Style’s plan to cause controversy on the Grand Ole Opry stage is likely the reason his invite to play the famous
institution never came. “I sang on the Opry stage twice however nobody was in the crowd. Where I think it all went downhill was when I
started to look for a partner in crime to play my girlfriend. My plan… on my first public performance on the Opry, I was going to stop
mid-way through a song, call out my girlfriend, and propose to her, then have her say ‘no’. She would leave embarrassed and crying and
I’d be left awkwardly finishing a song. I think what likely happened was when I was putting this together, I asked the wrong girl to play
my girlfriend, she worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame and seemingly leaked my plans to the powers that be at the Opry. I should have
known there was a close connection. Although I’ve never gotten anything in writing, I’ve got a strong feeling I’m banned from ever
performing there because of what would have been an infamous performance.”
Waylon Rules! About 20% of Style’s wardrobe is Waylon Jennings related clothing, belt buckles, shirts and hats. There’s a new company looking
after his merchandise that is worth checking out www.waylonshop.com Style has consistently looked at Waylon Jennings as the ultimate hero in
the music industry, he was a great songwriter, amazing singer, was nice to his fans, had a great crew and band behind him who treated people
with respect. There’s a new Waylon release called “Goin’ Down Rockin’” that is awesome, it actually features a few previously unreleased songs
that Lyle was plugged for “Cutting Room Floor”. Lyle’s version of the unreleased Waylon Jennings song “Ain’t That A Hoot” is still the only
version available. “The coolest thing about Waylon’s new album was that he went into the studio to record acoustic tracks that could be worked
on and released after he was gone. He was looking after his band and fans by leaving this amazing gift. The last time I saw Waylon, he was in
rough shape after his stroke but still performing as best he could, which for the record was f*c$ing amazing despite not being able to play guitar
like he used to. He did those last tours to keep people working and for the pleasure of his fans. And as a fan, I’m grateful for it on many levels.
I wish there were more folks like ol’ Waylon in this world.”
Style didn’t realize how low he was on the ladder of humanity until he met Bob Dylan’s tour manager. After getting a subscription to satellite
radio, Style started to listen to Bob Dylan’s radio show and realized his book on Roger Miller was filled with little known facts and tidbits
about multiple recording artists and songs that Mr. Dylan may have found interesting since he shares those kinds of things before each song on
his radio show. “I’ve met dozens of tour managers over the years but no one has come close to the level of rudeness and aloofness as did that
guy. By introducing myself, I got the reaction as though I was asking him to personally pay off my mortgage. I’ve never felt like quitting the
entertainment industry more than I did after meeting the guy without a name and claimed to not be who I knew he was. I get the privacy thing
but to be lied to, talked down to and put in your place for introducing yourself is a bit extreme. I just left, it’s not worth it. I could feel
the hatred towards me for being alive, I’m surprised he didn’t tell me to go find my mother and slap her in the face for having me.”
When asked how the Bob Dylan concert was, Style said “Off the record, Dylan’s voice sounded good from what I could hear of it. I’m guessing
his sound guy went deaf years ago because whoever was mixing sound did a pretty poor job. Dylan’s piano was full blast and out of tune, you
could barely hear him sing and the band was lost behind the piano. I was pumped about the show because I had 2nd row dead center seats on the
floor but it became an obstructed view seat because Dylan had his crew place a mirror in front of him so you couldn’t see him behind the piano
for 90% of the show. It was sort of deep on a level because what we see in Dylan is a reflection of ourselves however on the other level of
paying $133 a seat to see him, it was insulting. He is on a playing field all of his own. I saw Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ earlier this year at
the same ticket price and there was zero comparison, you can tell Roger Waters cared about sound and the audience’s experience. When you hear
the saying ‘singer/songwriter’ you think of Bob Dylan. He’s had his songs recorded by Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, countless others including all the
biggest names in entertainment, you’d think that would make a person happy, it appears it doesn’t. I’m not sure why he keeps playing as he
doesn’t seem to care about the sound, acknowledge the crowd, provide a jumbo video screen so everyone can see him, he doesn’t play what people
want to hear, or provide even enough light on stage for people to see him in the first place. It’s unfortunate, he’s one of the coolest looking
people on the planet next to Harry Dean Stanton and Alice Cooper, I just wish you could actually see him when you pay to go and see him.”
Style has officially met all of his living heroes! The only living hero he never met was Bob Dylan. Did he meet the man of mystery? No, after
Mr. E’s experience trying to give him a book and after seeing the show, things have changed. “I am still a fan and find him quite fascinating,
I just think that heroes should be people that you’d like to be like and from the attitude of his staff and the indifference to the crowd and
effort put into the performance, I found it insulting as a fan and it’s hard to have a hero who comes off that way. That’s just my opinion,
which as with all opinions means little to nothing at all.”
2012 has been a rough year on Mr. E Style as the majority of his time has been dealing with back pain from being “accidently” assaulted at
Walmart by an employee last November. Instead of creating, he’s had to attend about a hundred related medical appointments this year alone
and spend hours on pain management daily having precious little time or creative energy to do what he loves to do. As a mediocre Christmas
gift to all who are interested, Style’s manager Johnny Kitsalano posted a half assed video for Style’s song “Christmas” as available on iTunes
and the “Cutting Room Floor” CD. Style sends his apologies for not being able to work on or release any projects since the incident that
took him down. He also wanted us to remind you all to shop responsibly, “All I wanted to do was buy a pair of winter boots for my kid and it
cost me over a year of my life. Please be careful where you shop knowing that they can get away with seriously injuring you through their neglect
and claim no responsibility leaving the burden on your shoulders in every aspect. Learn from my mistake.”
It’s with great anticipation that we will be meeting Pipsqueak Style (name subject to change) in the weeks to come.
On behalf of Style, his immediate family and the staff at Electric Recordings, we hope each and every one of you have a great and safe Christmas
and/or Holiday Season along with the best New Year ever. We look forward to referring to the Mayans as just people who couldn’t be bothered
finishing what they started because they knew they’d be dead anyway by December 21, 2012 and not people who knew something we didn’t, or worse,
not even being here to refer to them at all. Just to be safe, we recommend everyone to say your prayers, back up your data, buy bottled water
and stock your shelves. Good luck, thanks for the memories and stay safe!
Feel way better about your own life by following Mr. E Style on Twitter: @mrestyle
Getting married in Manitoba? Do it with Style! Lyle is a marriage commissioner with over a decade of experience solemnizing marriages
in Manitoba. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s a thrill to hear Style now being played on Outlaw Radio! We’re all super excited that he has been featured on his all time
favorite radio show “The Cowboy Jack Clement Show” out of Nashville on Outlaw Radio Channel 60 on Sirius/XM. Not only are Alamo
Jones and Cowboy Jack playing the music, they’ve been chatting about him, his music and Roger Miller book on air.
Style’s book “Ain’t Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller” is now an E-Book! Check your local e-store to get it
for your device or here! If you’d prefer
a hard copy, you can buy the now collector’s item here. The book has been
averaging for over $200 a copy on Amazon.com but you can still get them here for a fraction of that price plus Style would be happy to
sign it for you. Judging on his health lately, signed copies won’t be available long and will only increase in value. Invest in a
Style is excited to announce the coming of another child of his into the world. “I’m looking forward to meeting Pipsqueak face to face
as are my wife and very excited soon-to-be big brother Austin. Parenthood is the most awesome thing I’ve experienced, or at least in my
top ten. My boychild makes me smile everyday when he reminds me that no one misses me when I’m not there.”
Style recently got to catch up with his school days’ best bud/current world renowned artist Jon Pylypchuk. The two spent the better part
of their teens together in junior high and even the minor seminary St. Vladimir’s College. Pylypchuk moved to Los Angeles and has art
showings all around the world while Style lives in Winnipeg dreaming of Disneyland and has showings all over his house. Check out the
genius of Pylypchuk here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out for our dear friend Bill Dees who is battling some health issues. Lyle was staying with him in Branson
when he brought a gold fish back to life after being dead out of the water for nearly a day so if anyone can beat a health crisis, it’s
Bill. Bill is an amazing talent and has written some of the most amazing music ever written. Lyle often talks about how “Oh, Pretty Woman”
is the most perfect song ever written as it’s recognizable from the first drum beat, an amazing unforgettable guitar rift, a great story,
hook and has the perfect musical ending. Bill has so many other amazing songs he’s written that the world has yet to hear. Here’s a photo
from last summer of Bill singing a song on Lyle’s “Behind of his Time” guitar during a visit to Branson.
Style is still recuperating from being viciously assaulted at a Wal-Mart in Winnipeg. Last November, he took the family to the store when
he was nailed from behind into his leg and lower back by a stack of shopping carts that an employee was carelessly pushing into the store
slamming right into him resulting in chronic pain and immense discomfort affecting many areas of his life. “It really sucks, I never even
got an apology, the company has been awful to deal with and the last nine months of my life has been centered around trying to get better
by seeing all sorts of doctors and physical therapists. They offered me a settlement that was so insulting that it wouldn’t even cover my
medical expenses not to mention pain, severe sleep issues, loss of work and so on. I’m sickened how a customer could go into a business and
then be assaulted by one of their employees and then they demand that customer to fork out their entire life’s medical history and all sorts
of personal information and have it all end with an insult to injury. I hope people learn from this incident and act accordingly. I wish I
stayed at home that night or shopped somewhere else.”
It’s uncertain if it was from his being assaulted but Style spent two days in the hospital in May from severe stomach and back pains. “They
call it Manitoba Health ‘Care’ but I personally find no one really cares. Unless you have a cut, something fell off your body or you broke a
bone, the best you can hope for is an educated guess, after a ten hour wait in the emergency room, of course. I had all sorts of invasive
tests, procedures and biopsies and everything came back inconclusive. So to answer your question, I don’t know what the hell is wrong with me.”
In efforts to lower his back pain and get his cholesterol under control, Style has been exercising much to everyone’s surprise. “I’ve been
concerned about my longevity lately since I’m now 41 years old and I was recently reminded that I had a mid-life crisis in my early 20s.” He
has made one fascinating medical discovery through his efforts in working out: “exercise is the easiest thing a person can quit cold turkey”.
During a recent visit to massage therapy, Style claims the therapist found a previously undiscovered birthmark on his back that says “best
before dec 99”.
With great regret, Style is looking for a new record label after the closing of Absurd Machine Records. “I feel like a child who is responsible
for his parent’s divorce. I know the success of ‘Cutting Room Floor’ has been underwhelming at best but I was looking forward to starting a new
CD called ‘Behind of his Time’ hoping that it would be more lucrative for all of us. It came as a big surprise that they shut the doors down.
It’s sad, the studio was awesome, the guys are amazing and I was really hoping for a long working relationship with them. They’re all still
friends of mine and I wish them all great success in their next ventures and apologies my project didn’t make anyone rich.”
With word of a lost record deal, Style is still writing and has been busy convincing himself that he’d be a successful writer and singer of songs
if only he were in his 20s in Nashville in the 1960s. His wife keeps telling him that no matter how many bottles of Highland 12 year old scotch he
drinks, it’s likely to never happen.
Here’s an interesting insider business tidbit: Style sat down with his accountant earlier this year to figure out that his cost to attain a new
customer (based on CD sales) since he started in the music business: $11,276.73 per CD sold.
According to a recent online study, our Lyle E Style is the only person in North America who does not correct people when they call him by the
wrong name. He claims that it’s because he doesn’t even know who he really is so who is he to correct them.
Style was relieved this past New Years Eve that Dick Clark was alive after being told a week earlier that he had passed away. He was sad over
Christmas hearing that a good man done gone, then he started his new year off great knowing that Dick Clark did not die, then, a few months
later, he relived his pain when in fact he did pass away. Style has always been grateful for the time he spent with him and his participating
in the Roger Miller book project.
Style has been receiving some criticism from the public on his point of view on UFOs “I’m convinced that the vast majority of real UFOs are
made to look exactly like airplanes. I’ve had this theory for over two decades. I heard that approximately one in every 400 planes sited in
North America are not known who they are. I hypothesize that those are UFOs. I also hypothesize that almost everything we experience in life
is the placebo effect.”
Prior to his septoplasty surgery, the surgeon told him that he
had a one in ten chance of not waking up from the surgery.
Style said he’d still go through with it when he found out
the surgeon had only done nine surgeries so far that week.
Luckily the surgery went well.“I’m happy I had
it done before I got my wife pregnant, I was having major
breathing problems, thank God the baby won’t inherit that issue now”.
Mr. E Style is not a smoker and is often offended while walking in public and having smoke blown in his face by an inconsiderate human however
during a recent trip to the Mall of America, he was encouraged to give the “electric cigarette” a try and is now addicted to it. He said the
only replacement for the electric cigarette is to start smoking real cigarettes which he finds to be a disgusting alternative so he keeps
sucking on the electric one instead.
Style recently purchased a iPad but claims to be disappointed in it because “every time I do the voice recognition search for ‘Winnipeg’, it
comes up as ‘what a fag’ and I end up getting offended and just put it away.”
Style’s photo of Alice Cooper in his top hat is number one in Google Images (Alice Cooper Hat) among many other search engines! It’s no secret
that Alice has been one of Style’s biggest influences and remains one of his all time favorite artists ever. To celebrate the brilliance of
The Coop, Style has agreed us to post some more of his photos from his private collection that he personally took.
Finally in News: Style claims to have discovered the long sought after secret to happiness! “The secret to happiness is low expectations and
to never judge”.
We all hope you are having a fantastic and safe 2012! We continue to hope that the Mayans just got lazy towards the end and just said “to hell
with it” and that’s the reason the Mayan Calendar ends this year. And if not, good luck and thanks for doing it with Style!
Be sure to follow Style on Twitter @mrestyle - get offended in real time!
Style is scheduled for Septoplasty surgery on November 29th, if he lives; he is hoping the result is a singing voice that people
will take interest in. He also told us that he’s going for surgery at this point in his life because wants to get his breathing
fixed right in case he has more children as he doesn’t want them to inherit that problem.
Style’s comments to his professors at the University of Manitoba and on the University institution in general were ill received
resulting in him not being welcome at his own graduation earlier this year. His invite to attend the convocation ceremony never
arrived and he did not even find out when it was until after the fact. Style was quite upset as he purchased a new cane, old-man
glasses and a pipe to wear to the ceremony. “The whole time I was taking those brutal classes I visualized myself accepting my
diploma as a grumpy old man and cherishing the resulting photo for years to come. Not being invited was the ultimate slap in the
face. The funny thing is they claimed they couldn’t find me to invite me to my grad yet since I graduated, I’ve been contacted by
them many times asking for donations!”
Since Style still has no clue what he will be doing with his Bachelor of Arts degree, he has expressed interest IF he goes back to
get an official doctorate that he will be studying why people don’t hiccup or sneeze in their sleep along with a thesis determining
whether if a person inhales or exhales at the exact moment they fall asleep if they are inevitably destined to have a good dream or
a bad dream. The staff here, (as always) wish him luck with his ventures.
On a trip to Branson this summer, Style encountered a day from hell thanks to brutal customer service at the Holiday Inn in Sioux City.
It was obvious Style was heading South yet the front desk staff neglected to tell him the Interstate was closed from Sioux City to the
Missouri border which led to a full day of back and forth detours, a major speeding ticket while lost on the back-roads somewhere in
Montgomery County Iowa and a day lost that was to be spent in Kansas. On the way back, Style purposely avoided Sioux City by going
through Des Moines and there, had his vehicle vandalized by someone throwing a full can drink over an overpass on the Interstate going
65 miles an hour. “Iowa taught me a lot of painful lessons and how ten seconds of customer service could have saved hundreds of dollars,
hundreds of miles, and hours upon hours of time. Next time I go down South, I’m planning on driving around Iowa. I used to love that
State and Holiday Inns but I feel betrayed and it’s clear that they certainly don’t love me.”
Style felt welcome as soon as he arrived in his old stomping grounds of Branson, Missouri when he saw a protester on the main strip with a
sign and shirt saying "Country Music Is A Front For The Drug Cartel". Style spent weeks trying to find that person again without any luck.
He apologizes for not having a photo with him made available to the public.
Style and his family had a great visit in Branson spending time with his good friend songwriting legend, Bill Dees
(photo above with Style’s son Austin), Buck Trent (brutal photo of Lyle below with the great man) and the amazing
Mickey Gilley (pics even more below). Unknown to Style at the time, Mr. Gilley had a bad fall leaving him unable
to play piano and performing now on an office chair. Mr. Gilley still put on a hell of a show and sounds as good
as ever. We all wish him a speedy recovery and express much gratitude for meeting with Lyle and his family before
the show, introductions during the concert and treating them to drinks with him after at Gilley’s restaurant.
One of the main purposes of Style heading to Branson was to meet up with Jim Stafford to discuss a future book project
that he had the inside connection for, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the project will turn out. Style won’t say
what the project was about but with some research on Jim Stafford, the office staff has figured out. When we guessed
correctly, Style threatened to have Johnny Kitsalano fire us if we reprint it. Instead he told us to say that Style
remains a big fan of Jim Stafford’s and that he has a huge impact with what Jim told Style regarding the music industry’s
struggles these days. Mr. Stafford told Style “The problem with the music business is that it’s never been more fun to
stay at home.” It was an “ah-ha” moment for Style and apparently has since felt better about his mediocre career that
it’s a sign of the times and not so much that he sucks.
With Style now officially being in his forties, he has now discovered a new way to “enjoy the now” by focusing on “if he never
did that specific activity again in his life, would he miss it”. The new contemplations have made him a poor dinner guest as
he openly shares his view with people by saying things after being served a meal “If I never ate another piece of chicken in
my life, I’d be perfectly fine with it”. Apparently of the thousands of things, places and people he’s put through this
contemplation, there’s little he would miss in general.
Early this summer, a rumour went around that Style died. To this day, he has people come up and say “I thought you died!” And
out of the dozens of times he’s been approached, not one person looked all that happy to see that he was alive. Style also
stated “I admit I’m sad that none of those people made the effort to come to my funeral.”
Absurd Machine Studios has officially moved to their new location and Style is excited by the slight chance of doing another
album with the talented crew. Style has enough songs for a box set release but would be content releasing another CD entitled
Lyle E Style "Behind Of His Time". Style is encouraging all of his fans to send request directly to the record label for another release.
Canada Post has had a falling out with Electric Recordings, after being offended by some of Style’s Twitter posts, they increased
their prices so that if someone purchases both a book and a CD from us, all minimal profit is eaten up through postage increase
at that exact weight in an effort to put us out of business. It’s strange how sending the exact product from the USA to another
state or even to Canada is well under $3 where if sent via Canada Post, it is over $16.
As a special Christmas gift to all the fine people who frequent this site, we have added even more therapeutic quotes from Mr. E Style
in the quotes section. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for a music fan of any genre, consider getting the highly collectable book “Ain’t Got No
Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller”. Copies are being sold for hundreds of dollars on online sites, cannot be special
ordered at any bookstore as they are now out of print but limited copies are available here for a very reasonable price.
Happy Christmas from Lyle, his lovely wife Angela, their boychild Austin and all the staff at Electric Recordings! All the
best to you and yours in every way possible right now and always. Let’s hope the Mayans were wrong about 2012…