In honor of this coming Tuesday's special on "Wholesome Bears," today's Friday Banger is The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988). This. Song. Bangs.
"Ch-ch-ch-check out that funky bass! These little chipmunk scamps got re-branded as private detectives - and if that doesn't thrill you yet, Disney's prepared to modulate the whole song up a minor third. TWICE." - Andy, on this week's Friday Banger, Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers (1990)
"Never before have so many hours been spent animating a muscle tying its shoes than in this canyon-loving masterpiece." - Kyle, on this week's Friday Banger, Rambo: The Force of Freedom (1986)
"Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (1987) is proof you can keep putting more hats on a show and it only gets more and more baller. And the song is so banging that you're gonna forget your own name." - Rory, on this week's Friday Banger
"You can't listen to The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest and not get your adrenaline pumped through the stratosphere while you soar through a green topographic canyon" - Austin, on "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" (1996)
Hey, did you catch our special on Beverly Hills Teens last Tuesday? YOU DIDN'T? Will the alluring synthscapes of this theme song entice you?
Ok, so I know we missed a couple Fridays. So I'm sneaking The Mask: Animated Series (1994) in here, as a response to Kyle's last pick, M.A.S.K. What is there to say about this show, really? It was a mistake.
Our lovely Kyle has chosen 1985's "M.A.S.K." for this week's Friday Banger (Saturday edition). "Stay tuned for the upcoming movie reboot of this highly merchandiseable G.I. Joe/Transformers mashup!"
"Wet your whistle in the dumpy puddle of early 90s cable, where a team of hulking football monsters teleport to King Arthur's Court and then get to be King Arthur. The thrashing guitar solo is so you know the football monsters are also rad dudes." - Rory, on "King Arthur and the Knights of Justice" (1992)
"Why they needed to make a puzzle cube into a mysterious goblin pursued by an angry fisherman is anybody's guess, but our guess is probably cocaine" - Austin, on "Rubik, the Amazing Cube" (1983)
"Two adult pairs of legs somehow sire bovine and galline offspring. So uncomfortable is the origin of these children that, as cosmic penance, they are forced to contend daily with the many and varied forms of the devil himself." - Andy, on Cow and Chicken (1997)
"This banger brought to you by composer Noam Kaniel, whom you will find influencing all manner of classic Saturday morning boys such as He-Man, Superman, and those X-Men" - Kyle, on Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982)
"Coming up this week is a bass line so plump and leathery you can rest your weary dogs on it and forget about all your troubles, and when the synth kicks in, baby you got a stew going." - Rory Voie, on "Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea" (1985).
Austin says: "Mighty Ducks (1996) literally adapts nothing but the title of the film and infuses the hockey action with the kind of high-sticking that will get impressionable kids in trouble with their gym teachers."
For our most recent episode, our secret, shadowy fourth collaborator Kyle Levien surprised us with a fully realized version of 2Cheez's hit, "Tapin' Up Your Robins," off the new album "Bird/Tape." And what a banger it is.
(For full context, here's the sponsor ad from Episode 22)
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and wondered "what if homer's odyssey but space"?? Andy has you covered with this week's Friday Banger. Cause if there's anything space was missing, it's greek columns.
Kyle has chosen a treat for us with today's Friday Banger, "Archie's Weird Mysteries" (1999) - brought to you by the same minds that scored such wildly successful toons as Sonic Underground, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, and Sabrina's Secret Life.
Today's Friday Banger is the intro to Mazinger Z (1972): "Sometimes a banger is so iconic and solid it bears no greater explanation than to warn you to tie your shoes and straighten up your socks or they'll be blown clean off." - Rory
Austin says: "Not every hero is created solely by target demographic buzzwords, so thank god 1980 gave us Sport Billy, a go-getting time-traveling space athlete who fights for good sportsmanship."
"Christina Milian's masterpiece, 'Call Me, Beep Me' is the soundtrack to a generation. Written for 'Kim Possible' in 2002, it deftly captured the terrifying uncertainty of the time. Teens cried out, 'We all have beepers, but cell phones are becoming ubiquitous; what means of communication will I use in this confusing era?' Christina responded with a resounding: 'Both'." *
*An excerpt from "Kim Possible: A Retrospective," by Andrew Eric Davison, 2018, #FridayBanger Press