I listened to The Carpenters a lot as child thanks to my mother who was a big fan. Consequently, I’m very familiar with their 1970 hit ‘Close To You’ and I’ve always assumed that they were the first to sing this classic. Not so. The Burt Bacharach & Hal David lyrics were actually penned 7 years earlier with the slightly lengthier title ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’.
Better yet, the song was released by Dr. Kildare himself, Richard Chamberlain!
As good as Chamberlain is however, you can’t beat the Rick Moranis version in the film Parenthood!
Sing along everyone… Why do birds suddenly appear, ev’ry time you are near? Just like me, they long to be close to you…
He’s no Ray Parker, Jr., but Bobby Brown’s theme song from Ghostbusters 2 has got to be one of the most-played-at-roller-skating-rink songs in music history. The video’s even got Harry Potter-style animated newspapers a decade prior, and as many cameos as Parker’s “Ghostbusters” video did. Rick Moranis! Superman! Assorted Trumps! Iman! The Ramones? And Allie from Kate and Allie looking skyward, horrified.
Gravedale High was an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and NBC Productions. It premiered in the fall of 1990 on NBC Saturday Mornings and lasted only thirteen episodes.
The show was developed as an animated vehicle for the talented Rick Moranis (I wonder if it has anything to do with the buzz around Camp Candy?). It was a good show, but like so many late 1980s and early 1990s animated series, it just was never given the time it needed to develop a following.
Whatever happened to Rick Moranis? He left to became the first non-monster teacher at Gravedale High. On the short-lived (13 episode) 1990 Saturday morning cartoon Rick Moranis at Gravedale High, Moranis provided the voice of a human teacher named Max Schneider who has to teach teenage versions of classic movie monsters. They include Vinnie Stoker, a vamire greaser, Gill Waterman, the Surfer Dude From the Black Lagoon, the completely inexplicable fat mummy named Cleofatra (voiced by Ricki Lake) and various other mutants, gargoyles, and Frankenstein monsters. Gravedale High was one of the stranger entries in the early ‘90s fad of Saturday morning cartoons based on comedians. There was also Little Rosie (Roseanne), Camp Candy (John Candy), Life With Louie (Louie Anderson), and Bobby’s World (Howie Mandel).