One of my favorite shows growing up was “All in the Family.”
Syndication made sure that I became quite familiar with Archie Bunker, his ditzy wife Edith, whiny daughter Gloria and his outspoken son-in-law Michael, aka Meathead.
Perhaps some of you are too young to remember this show, in which case I think that Hulu has it streaming. (Don’t quote me on this.)
If so, go watch it, seriously. It broke shitloads of boundaries back in the 70’s and in a way, it’s like taking a history class.
For those of you who do remember this awesome television show (fellow old farts like me), I took it upon myself to do an 80’s version of the theme song, “Those Were The Days.”
Why, you ask?
Because I was really fucking bored and I can.
So, for your consideration, I bring to you this utter piece of crap for your enjoyment.
Man, the way Bon Jovi played
No such thing as throwing shade
Kids like us we had it made
Those were the days
And we knew who we were then
We played Pac-Man til nine or ten
We could totally use a man
Like Max Headroom again
We crimped our hair with fashion plates
On Friday nights we’d roller skate
Gee, my old Dodge Omni ran great
Those were the days
If you have any ideas percolating, I’d love to see it.
George Harrison sadly passed away this day back in 2001, after a long fight with cancer.
Instead of playing my favorite George song while he was with The Beatles, I thought something from his solo career would be appropriate today.
RIP George ♥
You will always be fab.
So we meet again.
“Hello Goodbye” was released as a single in the fall of 1967, written by Paul, and included on “The Magical Mystery Tour” album. (It is best to be slightly stoned whilst watching this movie, fyi.)
By 1967, The Beatles were starting to get tired of traveling the world, making appearances and such. Instead of actually going all the way to the states when Ed Sullivan asked, they decided to make a video. Many video’s, actually, called promotional videos. Easy enough for the fab five, exposure on one of the TV shows that helped propel their popularity, without too much effort on their part.
The song itself is a happy little ditty that poses the question, why say goodbye when I say hello?
Who hasn’t asked themselves this question at least once in their life, hmm?
Full of triptacular (I made up this word) vivid color, this video is proof that The Beatles invented the whole music video genre. (Put this on MTV, and maybe they can finally get back to where they once belonged, I say.)
MTV is not fab, Mer..
True that, boys. True that.
The thing that makes this song one of my top five is simple. They are hilarious, having a grand old-time cutting up for the camera. Paul is adorable, John is grinning, George shimmies, and Ringo shakes his head to his own beat.
What will #2 be? Only Merbear knows.