It's "Madison Week" at OnMilwaukee.com. We sent our editorial staff to check out bars, restaurants, retail outlets and cultural venues in order to uncover some of the best of Wisconsin's second-largest city.
MADISON -- Staying in the Edgewater Hotel in Madison meant I regularly walked past the Quisling Clinic, 2 W. Gorham St., made famous by Elvis Costello in his 1979 tune, "Green Shirt," from the "Armed Forces" LP. Well, he made it famous among his fans.
"Cause somewhere in the Quisling Clinic
There's a shorthand typist taking seconds over minutes
She's listening in to the Venus line
She's picking out names
I hope none of them are mine"Â Â
That the former clinic's awesome art deco architecture matches that of the Edgewater is no coincidence. The story goes that the Edgewater was actually built to provide shelter to the patients who traveled from far and wide to visit the Quisling, which was sort of a Mayo Clinic back in the day.
The building was converted into the Quisling Terrace apartments in 2000. Costello once said he'd seen the sign outside the building when driving past and jotted it down in his ideas notebook.
Later, I walked down to Law Park, along Lake Monona, to pay tribute to Otis Redding, who died when his plane crashed into the lake exactly 41 years and one day before my visit. I dragged Andy Tarnoff along in my fruitless search to find the monument to Otis placed in the park. Like the lake, Law Park was iced over and frigid, curtailing our quest.
Otis was traveling with his band The Bar-Kays from Cleveland to Madison for a gig at The Factory, 315 W. Gorham St., which was later home to Canterbury Books and now toÂ Avol's. I passed this site on my way down to the lake.
Turns out the memorial is on the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden in Monona Terrace.
The musical leg of my Madison trip closed with a visit to the High Noon Saloon, where the OnMilwaukee.com editorial staff missed Fever Marlene but got to see The Blueheels instead.
The next morning on the way out of town we passed Smart Studios on Washington Avenue, where Nirvana recorded "Nevermind."
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