Sandwiched between the release of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure in August 1985 and the premiere of Pee’s Wee’s Playhouse in September 1986, Joeski Love’s “Pee Wee’s Dance” remains one of the more fun rap songs from the 1980s. It’s catchy, silly and far from what rap music has become.
By rapifying “Tequila”, using clips from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and even getting Mark Holton who plays Francis in the movie to make an appearance, Joeski Love was able to create an underrated music video gem back in the spring of 1986.
I grew up in a very small rural town and we actually subscribed to cable when it first became available in the early 1980s. Unfortunately our cable company did not have MTV in its channel line-up. We didn’t get MTV until the summer of 1988 and by that time I had just graduated high school and would be headed off to college where I’d have to live in the dorm with no cable. So my entire preteen and teen years consisted of about a month of MTV.
Thankfully I had TBS’ Night Tracks, NBC’s Friday Night Videos and Nickelodeon’s Nick Rocks to get my fill of music videos. Since those shows weren’t 24 hours I had to either watch them or use a VHS tape to record videos the way cassettes were used to record songs off the radio. Luckily I was able to capture “Pee Wee’s Dance” on VHS and listened to it over and over. I never heard this song on the radio. It charted on the black charts but not the mainstream Billboard Hot 100. For me it’s a video song anyway. In order to listen to it I have to see the video with it.
25 years later it still holds up.
Thank you to YouTube for allowing us to preserve music videos. Especially video classics from one-hit wonders like Joeski Love. God knows MTV isn’t doing it.