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Tina Yothers sing “Baby I’m Back In Love Again” on Family Ties

Sometimes I find myself singing a song that I cannot for the life of me place. Over the years, I have learned that most of these songs are either jingles from old commercials or phantom songs recorded for TV episodes. Last weekend I found myself singing “Baby I’m Back In Love Again” as sung by Tina Yothers in the “Band on the Run” episode of Family Ties.

It is a peppy little song and Yothers does a pretty good job on it. It sort of has a watered down early Madonna/Go-Gos vibe and while not the most memorable phantom sitcom pop song, it has managed to stick with me for many years.

“Band on the Run” is from the 5th season of Family Ties. In it, Jennifer starts a band and auditions to play at the Leland College Dance. Their band is chosen, and Alex sees it as a money-making proposition and becomes their manager. Naturally Alex has very little talent for managing a “modern” band and wacky hijinks ensue.

It culminates in the band casting off Alex’s notions and performing their song to much acclaim.

Watch Tina Yothers sing “Baby I’m Back In Love Again” on Family Ties

Check out those Mtv style shots! This is not you parent’s episode of Family Ties!

For you eagle-eyed watchers, that is Christina Applegate and Rain Phoenix making cameos as members of the band. Sadly neither of them have much dialogue, but it is interesting to see a pre-Married with Children Applegate. She would land her career making role just a few months after this episode would air.

A longer version of the song got a release, in an attempt to maybe start a pop career for Yothers. Sadly it did not set the world on fire and the song did not get much play. Although, Yothers did go on Solid Gold to perform it (still trying to track that down).

Listen to the full verion of “Baby I’m Back in Love Again” by Tina Yothers

Disneyland garbage can

My favorite Disneyland garbage can

Back before I did the Retroist, I used to blog about Disney. One of my odd passions was for the themed garbage cans in the parks. When I started going to the parks as an adult, you could often find me laying down or crouched in front of a garbage can, snapping photos.

This weekend, I scanned a bunch of old photos and found a drive full of earlier digital photos from my park visits. In that drive was a folder called, “The Best.” What was in it was a couple of photos of an austere, but adorable garbage can that lived in the Photo Supply Co. store on Main Street. These photos had originally been posted on the Disney site I did, along with a gallery of several hundred other shots.

I will spare you the larger gallery, but this fella is so cute and retro enough, that I thought I would share it here.

Gallery of the best garbage can in Disneyland


It has been a while since I have been back to Disneyland. So I was not sure the Photo Supply store was still there, but according to the Disneyland website, it is!

So if you are in the area and like to look at garbage cans, keep an eye out for this slim little gem. It was always kind of tucked to the side, but not hard to spot.

Bad Leroy Brown - John David Wilson

Animated Music Video For Bad, Bad Leroy Brown?!

Jim Croce was possibly one of the first singer-songwriters that I knew in my youth. I’ve mentioned before on the site that while growing up, music wasn’t present in my household. It wasn’t forbidden of course, we just didn’t listen to the radio or LP’s much. However when driving the radio was on and I found myself a young fan of Croce’s folk singing. Particularly his humorous songs like 1972’s You Don’t Mess Around with Jim and of course Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.
Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

Released on the 1973 album Life and Times. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown rocketed Croce to the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100. A mere three months after it’s release as a matter of fact. Furthermore Billboard would go on and rank it the second most popular song for 1973.
Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce - Life and Times

Sadly Jim Croce and five others on a Beechcraft E18S were killed during a crash on September 20, 1973.Minutes after take off as they were headed to a concert at Austin College. Indeed, a single day before his moving I Got a Name was released. I was just an infant when Croce tragically died but I can recall how sad I was years later when my Father told me of his fate. Thankfully Croce left us an amazing amount of great music. As well as keeping in public consciousness thanks to films and television shows using his work. Like the second season of Stranger Things for example!

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Now then, while I was a fan of Croce’s music thanks to the car radio. I somehow was oblivious to the fact that there was an animated music video for Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. A segment it turns out that aired on an episode of the Sonny and Cher show.
Bad Leroy Brown - Sonny and Cher

Friends, it really is a nice little animated short. I should add that upon watching it for the first time. Which was just last week. I found the animation style to be very similar to that of the Friz Freleng studios of the Pink Panther fame. Turns out that the animator for this was John David Wilson, his studio Fine Arts Films was responsible for the short. Wilson by the way worked on 1952’s Lady and the Tramp and Peter Pan. As well as working on such television shows as Mr. Magoo, the Carol Burnett Show, and Peter Pan and the Pirates to name a few.

Now then, you’ve learned a little about Jim Croce and John David Wilson. So enjoy this animated music video for Bad, Bad Leroy Brown!

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Did you know that none other than the legendary Paul Lynde tackled the song as well?

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Moon Patrol - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Moon Patrol (1982)

With Moon Patrol being this week’s Retro Arcade Art pick. Christopher Tupa has once again chosen a game from William’s Electronics. Already with the artist’s new art project we have covered the likes of Sinistar and Inferno from William’s. Moon Patrol is an arcade classic and one that I might add I covered in the very first episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast.

There is so much to love about Moon Patrol. It’s sci-fi setting of course is a great place to start. I can certainly tell you how impressed I was the first time I stepped up to the machine. Seconds later I found myself cruising in my moon buggy across the lunar surface. In an attempt to reach check points before the timer has reached zero. Doing my best all the while to leap craters in the moon and boulders strewn about the landscape.
Moon Patrol - Crater Jump

Or of course you can just blast those rocky formations with the cannons on the front of the moon buggy.
Moon Patrol - Boulder Blast

However when playing Moon Patrol the player has to keep an eye on the skies as well. Because that is where the enemy space ships will show up. Harrying the Player with bombs from above. Thankfully your roof mounted cannon can blow them out of the sky if your shot connects.
Moon Patrol - Bombers

This swarming tactic is indeed deadly. Not that the alien ships will actually swoop down low enough to crash into your moon buggy. They do not need to do so as in fact the Tri-Orb crafts hurls missiles in front of you. These blast open new craters in front of your moon buggy!
Moon Patrol - New Crater

Moon Patrol‘s rules are very easy to pick up. Mastering the game however is a totally different ball of wax. Or perhaps moon cheese in this case? While blasting or leaping over the boulders takes a steady eye…what do you do when you find yourself caught in an avalanche?
Moon Patrol - Boulders

While the Player is racing across the lunar surface they must also beware of carnivorous plants. They lay in wait at the bottom of certain craters and will reach up to snatch your moon buggy. You can blast them with a shot from your front mounted cannon but must still deal with crater. Furthermore on certain stages you must contend with rocket cars who will smash into you from behind.
Moon Patrol - Space Plants

Now then, that is a lot to take in. I realize this but if you are going to play Moon Patrol there is more. Players must also try to nimbly jump over patches of mines.
Moon Patrol - Mines

As well as the sentient tank sentries left on the course in some stages. While, the good news is they are stationary. The shells they shoot at your moon buggy will stop your own shot so you have to quickly fire off another to blast the tank.
Moon Patrol - Tank

Now then, you know a little of Moon Patrol, so why not watch it in action?

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Retro Arcade Art - Christoper Tupa
As always with CTupa’s Retro Arcade Art project, you can purchase the artwork featured in this post. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s Official Site to contact him as well as check out more artwork from his project!

I hope you won’t forget to check out CTupa’s previous entries in his Retro Arcade Art Project as well!

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Perhaps you have already listened to the Diary episode for Moon Patrol? Well, I was fortunate enough to be invited to give my thoughts on the game just last month on the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast. An exceptional podcast by Victor Marland and Shaun Holley. It focuses on the Top 50 arcade games of all time. As voted on by the listeners of the podcast!
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Nor’Easter With a Temper: Remembering the Blizzard of 1996

I’m looking out my window, seeing the melting aftermath of last week’s winter storm/Bomb Cyclone. His name? Grayson. His temper? Fierce and impactful. All told, snowfall totals were between fifteen and seventeen hard-hitting and widespread inches. But, Grayson had nothing on the Blizzard of 1996.

January 1996

January 1996 marked the halfway point of the school year. I was in seventh grade, and January meant preparing for midterm exams – the first time my classmates and I would be taking them. January would be review time for the exams.

School ended that week, and my parents took my brother and myself out for dinner (we did this every Friday), and to the video store for video game rentals. Your typical Friday night.

It Wasn’t Snowing When I Went To Bed…

January 6, 1996 was a normal Saturday for me. I got up early to go to my routine Saturday morning babysitting job, came home for lunch, and had a friend over. My parents groccery shopped for the post-Christmas family party we were hosting the next day. Until that point in my life (all thirteen years of it!), I hadn’t witnessed any huge snow storms in our area, so we weren’t worried about a little snow. It was already snowing in Washington, D.C. that evening, but we thought nothing of it.

I distinctly recall it not snowing when I went to bed that night, and this forecast isn’t exactly full of spoiler alerts…

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January 7th and 8th, 1996: The Blizzard of 1996

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You may remember him from Good Morning America, but for most of my life, Sam Champion was my local meteorologist. :-)

The next two days yielded heavy snow and wind. Now, a Nor’easter is common in this area (this recent storm was a Nor’easter, and we had a rain-type Nor’easter last January), but a snow event Nor’easter is a Nor’easter on steroids. I’ve always been fascinated by meteorologists saying that if a rain Nor’easter were to be a snowstorm, we’d wind up with a ridiculous amount of snow. I recall the year of Hurricane Sandy that if we’d had snow instead of rain, we would have had five feet of snow.

Can you imagine?!

The Weather Channel: (spoken with monotone) No. No I cannot. I’ll let my huge snowflake paint a picture for you.

I grew up in Southern New Jersey, in an area serviced by both the Philadelphia, PA and New York City media markets. When all was said and done, Philadelphia topped out at approximately 30.7 inches, with New York City topping out at between 20 and 30 inches (depending on where you lived). I grew up in Southern Ocean County, where we had two feet of snow (if you lived along the coast in the same county, you escaped with 10-14 inches).

The repercussions of the Blizzard of 1996 were bad for New Jersey. Roads (including the New Jersey Turnpike for the first time in history) closed, schools shut down for the entire week (including mine), and the snow stuck around for a bit. And from what I recall the roads were bad. When we’ve had snowstorms in the past (and even ones we’ve had in more recent years), life only shuts down for one day. This time, the impact was far-reaching and widespread.

I’ve never seen anything like it since.

All told, we missed five days of school, plus a sixth for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

“Extreme” Impact

The Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale rated the Blizzard of 1996 at “5,” or “Extreme.” The only other storm to receive this distinction is the March Superstorm of 1993. I didn’t recall this storm, but after looking it up, I found out we weren’t impacted by it. The storm resulted in 154 people killed, $1 billion in damage, and nine “disaster area” states.

Once my school reopened, the midterms were a week away, and were postponed due to the lost week.  I don’t recall much about that school year or week standing out, but I found out later on that the school stopped building snow days into the calendar, citing that “we didn’t use them.”

They never did build them in, at least, not while I was still going to school. We also never had a snowstorm quite like it between that time and high school graduation in 2001.

I’ll leave you with another highlight of WABC’s coverage of the storm…

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…as well as the Weather Channel’s Local Forecast for Philadelphia.

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