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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

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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.


A Merry Retro Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve and it is not quite midnight. So I have time to write this post before Santa should show up. Although, I spent a lot of my time in my youth waiting up till after midnight and could never catch him.

For a guy in an XXXL red suit, he is remarkably crafty.

The tree is still lit and all the presents are wrapped. So this is a nice time to sit and reflect on the holiday season and to compare it to my holidays past.

What I notice is that while some things have changed about Christmas. One thing has not. I still fall into the camp that prefers Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. My Christmas Eves are quite and still. It is all potential.

Every gift still sit ungiven. I have no idea how it will be received. Tomorrow’s meal? It is just a delicious fantasy. I am sure all of these things will all be as wonderful as I hope they will be, but right now, they are all perfect and dreamy.

This moment, before “the show” starts tomorrow, are my favorite moments of the season and they always have been

When I was a kid, I would sneak down to the tree and lay next to it. Staring at the packages under the lights, I would dream about what was inside. Was it a new GI Joe? Socks? Only the elusive Santa or my parents knew.

Now, I know what is under that tree. I am just waiting to see it all opened and hope that it makes the receiver happy. So I lounge on the couch fantasizing about that, dreaming of perfect Christmases, and swimming in the spirit of a holiday season that is almost over.

It is not a moment I would trade for even the most perfect item on my wishlist. This quiet time is the perfect present.

So I hope everyone out there is enjoying themselves and I hope you are taking time to appreciate what makes you happy. Whatever that may be.

Merry Christmas.

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Breakdancing on the TV Show, “Alice”

After watching the classic film, “Alice doesn’t live here Anymore” a few months ago, I was inspired to rewatch its TV show spinoff, “Alice.” It is great classic television. The writing can be witty and it has a wonderful cast that make the show very watchable.

The great thing about a rewatch is rediscovering moments that you had forgotten about. Some are just little jokes, but others are cultural touchstones. References to things that were defining the era of the show.

“Alice” made plenty of these references. Its spanned two decades and the show did its best to keep up with the changing times tonally. Which is remarkable for a show that started in a decade that was so different from the next one.

My favorite 80s moment of “Alice” is when breakdancing makes an appearance in the season 9 episode, “Footloose Mel.”

In this episode Mel runs afoul of some misunderstood dancers. Of course, it all works out in the ends, and the dancers, led by the great Fred Berry, do a dance routine in the diner.

This was broadcast in 1984. The breakdancing craze was firmly in place in many places, including my hometown, so it was really great to see it on a show like “Alice.” It made it appear more mainstream and made my plea for parachute pants and spiked armbands less of an odd request to my Mother and Grandmother.

If it was on “Alice”, it couldn’t be that weird.

The dancing is great, but it gets even better as we roll into the credits and the rest of cast gets in on the act. It is a satisfying moment of pop culture cross-pollination. I have since rewatched this scene alone a dozen times and have yet to tire of it. Mel dancing is almost hypnotic.

If you ask me, Vic Tayback might have missed his calling.

Watch this incredible breakdancing scene from the Alice episode “Footloose Mel”

Retroist Thriller Podcast

Retroist Thriller Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Thriller Podcast. On today’s show I talk all about the music video masterpiece, Thriller. I start off talking about how I was terrified by the monologue from this song while visiting a Ground Round. Then I move onto Michael Jackson and the song, album and video he brought to the world. I touch upon the person who wrote the song, how it came about, the production of the video and much more.

It is a fun video, and perfect for this time of year. I hope I persuade you to check it again or for the first time.

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