June 4, 2007

Would You Rather - Extra Questions Edition

This is a “Would You Rather” that’s been super-sized by adding two “Who’s Hotter” questions and a trivia question.

Would You Rather?

  • Have a DVR unit containing all the TV shows you watched before you were 13, and you could watch them any time. OR
  • Have a gift card entitling you to one free fruit salad from your local supermarket every day for three months over the summer of 2008.

Who’s Hotter?

Laura Petrie or Ann Marie (That Girl)?

Rob Petrie or Donald Hollinger?

(Feel free to answer both questions)

Name That Song

I heard a snippet of a song yesterday while my daughter was watching some online animations. I first heard this song in the mid-80s when I was a freshman in college.

Coincidentally, I came across the name of the band that performs the song while I was searching for pictures for the “Who’s Hotter.”

The song features a conversation between two people who discuss under-age drinking, a deadly disease, and driving from an island to the continental Unites States.

What’s important here is that you name the song, and the band that recorded it. Can you?

Posted by James at June 4, 2007 9:10 AM
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I'll take the gift card. I don't care to see much of that TV, ever again!

I'll also have to pick Rob Petrie, because he actually had a personality. I seem to recall Donald Hollinger was sort of a drip. A supportive drip, I suppose, but a drip.

No idea on the song!

Posted by: Maggie at June 4, 2007 9:57 AM

I'll take the fruit. I remember having pretty bad taste in TV at that age.

I suppose "That Girl". I like Mary Tyler Moore but I don't think I ever considered her to be "hot"

No idea on the song.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 4, 2007 10:03 AM

I'd like the DVR containing my childhood memories. I'll buy my own fruit salads.

Posted by: Mike at June 4, 2007 10:08 AM

Dude, it's called "Nick at Night." ;-)

Posted by: Maggie at June 4, 2007 10:11 AM

I hated That Girl and didn't think anyone in it was hot. So, Laura and Rob 4evah.

I watched a lot of crap before I was 13... plus a lot of good stuff... and I'd watch it all again. I'll take the DVR. I love fruit salads, but I can get those anywhere or make my own with all my favorite junk in 'em.

No Sleep Till Brooklyn, by the Beastie Boys.

Posted by: Julie at June 4, 2007 10:14 AM

The problem with having shows like that on DVR or dvd, tape whatever is you never actually WANT to watch them but if you happen across them you're morwe than happy to sit and veggetate in front of them. I mean have you ever said to yourself. Gee I wish Gilligan's Island was on right now. But if you're flipping the channels and Hogan's Heros is on you'll say "wow I haven't seen that in ages".

re. Beastie Boys - that explains why I didn't recognize the lyrics. My standard response to hearing the Beastie Boys is to change the station.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 4, 2007 10:31 AM

Dude, you need help. The DVR. I don't feel like schlepping for the fruit salad.

Also, who ARE those people you are rambling about being hotter???

Posted by: pippa at June 4, 2007 10:34 AM

It's true, B.O.B. I would rather run across some of these shows while channel-surfing... but most of them, I won't. And the ones that are on Nick @ Nite or TVLand are usually heavily edited (shorter runtime for more commercials).

The other piece of this is that I would then have a DVR. What I have right now isn't quite as nice. Even if it's full when I get it, I imagine that I would end up deleting a lot of the stuff off of it after watching it once, and then I could record other stuff on it. For example, one episode of Big John, Little John or The Partridge Family would be plenty and I could purge the rest. Or I could delete all of The Waltons and that alone would give me a couple of seasons of Boston Legal and House.

Posted by: Julie at June 4, 2007 10:45 AM

OK Good point Julie. As we do not currently have a DVR I would in fact take that and immediately delet almost everything on it. But I think that goes against the original intesnt of the question somewhat. Wow Big John, Little John. The sad thing is I just started humming the freaking theme song in my head. Damn it!

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 4, 2007 10:56 AM

I meant "give me room for" a couple of seasons of Boston Legal and House.

Posted by: Julie at June 4, 2007 10:56 AM

I have no idea about this "Big John, Little John" thing. Is this going to be like "Kimba the White Lion" again (something apparently everyone my age knows, except for me).

Beastie Boys? Pass.

I would choose Ann Marie only because I want her clothes. Alas, niether Rob nor Don does it for me.

Posted by: Patti M. at June 4, 2007 11:59 AM

Beastie Boys? Er, no. It's not the Beastie Boys.

It's a more obscure band. Here's another couple of hints:

The song begins with a long, inane conversation that occupies most of the recording. But it's not rap.

The song contains an admission that the singer has killed someone with his car, but he didn't have to face the consequences because of his father's political office.

Posted by: James at June 4, 2007 12:06 PM

Whitey has a son? Who sings?

Posted by: Patti M. at June 4, 2007 12:16 PM

And, just for future reference, you can always rule out the Beastie Boys when I am asking a trivia question.

Posted by: James at June 4, 2007 12:17 PM

Big John, Little John was pretty obscure. It was one Saturday morning show of many and probably lasted only one season. I would like to see it once just to confirm that it's as bad as I remember it.

I don't know Kimba the White Lion, if that's any consolation. I'm aware of it, but I've never seen it.

Only other song I can thing of is Bitchin' Camaro by the Dead Milkmen. Something about when the other guys see me they all spit and cuss, cuz' I've got a bitchin' Camaro and they have to ride the bus.

Posted by: Julie at June 4, 2007 12:18 PM

No you shouldn't know Big John, Little John. It was an extremely bad satruday moring show when we were young. The only reason I remember it is because My Brother is a Jon and for whatever reason it stuck in my head. That and it had a stupid sing songy theme song that for some reason I can still remember.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 4, 2007 12:36 PM

My sister loved Kimba the White Lion. It was on after Speed Racer, which we weren't allowed to watch.

I've never heard of Big John, Little John. Remember that religious cartoon that was on Sunday mornings? Sundays were so depressing! LOL. I think it was called "Davey and Goliath."

Posted by: Maggie at June 4, 2007 12:48 PM


The song is, indeed "Bitchin' Camaro" by the Dead Milkmen. Nice job, Julie!

Lyrics here.

I thought it was funny to hear a snippet of this song yesterday and then find out today that the Dead Milkmen also have a song about the Dick Van Dyke show.

Julie's advantage was that she worked in college radio, which is where I first heard the song.

Posted by: James at June 4, 2007 12:53 PM

I loved Davey and Goliath. Not sure why. I think it took me a few years to realize it was even religious.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 4, 2007 12:55 PM

YAY! Bitchin' Camaro!

Posted by: Patti M. at June 4, 2007 1:03 PM

Oh! No wonder I never saw Kimba! I wasn't allowed to watch Speed Racer either! I did manage to see it a few times, before my father changed the channel, but that explains why I never saw Kimba.

I probably would have liked Davey & Goliath, if I had seen it. Moral Orel is a pretty satisfying substitute, though.

Posted by: Julie at June 4, 2007 1:19 PM

Gift card for the fruit cup - fruit is expensive!

Ann Maria (That Girl) is hotter. Maybe it's just the eyes.

And definitely Rob Petrie.

Posted by: Sara at June 4, 2007 2:08 PM

Laura Petrie, absolutely. Totally hot, and those capri pants were so saucy!

I also LOVED Kimba! And I have vague memories of Big John Little John, I seem to remember it had something to do with the fountain of youth?

Posted by: Rui at June 5, 2007 12:43 AM

Love the Dead Milkmen. heard the tail end of Bithin Camaro over the weekend on XM. Prefor Punk Rock Girl and You'll Dance to Anything of course (actually those are the only other songs I know).

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 5, 2007 8:06 AM

The DVR of course! Mine has no Big John/Little John or Speed Racer or (yuck) Waltons! Mine is full of "The Rifleman" and other westerns, "Sea Hunt" with Lloyd Bridges, "Bewitched", "Rat Patrol", assorted Loony Tunes, "Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". DVR beats "Nick at Night because you can FF the commercials. Although some of the old commercials are funny too.

Who's Hotter? LOL The real question is "How long did it take you to come up with two of the most "vanilla" guys on TV in the 60's?". I'll pass.

Beastie Boys? Dead Milkmen? I never had a chance on this one.

I know humor like beauty...yada yada, but I'm with Julie "Moral Orel". I don't know if it's funny on it's own or if you have to have watched "Davey and Goliath", but I found it hilarious.

Posted by: BostonMaggie at June 5, 2007 9:30 AM

Yeah, big john found the fountain of youth, he drank a little drink, and that magic water was the thing that made him shrink. Big John keeps a-changin', before your very eyes, one minute he's 40, the next he's 35. Big John, Little John, what a way to grow, etc. I can't believe I remember that much of the theme song. It was was better than the show itself.

I would definitely want the original 1970s commercials on that DVR.

I never saw Davey & Goliath, so I'd say you don't need that to appreciate Moral Orel.

Posted by: Julie at June 5, 2007 9:46 AM

I complained to James about the male choices. He replied, "it was the Dick Van Dyke show," as if being the protagonist somehow made Rob interesting. I don't know if I can come up with two better choices. I don't think I watched very interesting TV. I always liked BJ Hunnicut on M*A*S*H.

If you have a DVR, you can fast-forward any commercials if you're patient enough to wait for the show to be half over to watch it. That's what I always do. Not that I watch Nick at Nite. I would enjoy seeing the old commercials, though. We'd laugh and say, "we were so unsophisticated then." Advertising scares the sh*t out of me.

Posted by: Maggie at June 5, 2007 12:06 PM

It's not that I'm annoyed so much by the number of commercials. I'm annoyed that part of the original show had to be excised to accommodate them.

Posted by: Julie at June 5, 2007 12:37 PM

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