A reissued version of The Iron City Houserockers’ “Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)” arrives Friday, offering an inside look at a quintessential Pittsburgh album.
Many would argue it’s the most Pittsburgh-ish rock album ever.
Released in 1980, The Iron City Houserockers’ “Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)” characterized the hard-working, fast-living blue collar types that frontman and lyricist Joe Grushecky encountered before, during and after the band’s loud, sweaty, Steel City shows.
Powered by songs like “Pumpin’ Iron,” “Junior’s Bar” and the street philosophy title track, “Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)” made an impact felt far beyond western Pennsylvania. Critics piled on praise such as an “American classic” (Rolling Stone), “the strongest album an American band has