A Date With Jet Screamer

In 1998, I saw the Violent Femmes perform in a small club. They didn’t make a set list, so they took requests. My friend yelled out, “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah,” their cover of the song by fictional rock star Jet Screamer from The Jetsons. (The Violent Femmes recorded it for the Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits compilation – a must for the retro fan.) It was fantastic. Anyway, in the 1962 episode “A Date With Jet Screamer,” Judy Jetson enters a contest to meet the guy and has to send in an original song. But George accidentally mails him Elroy’s secret code language cheat sheet instead, which wins the contest, and Jet transforms in into a bizarre, psychedelic rockabilly song.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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