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TV Party

So I was listening to Black Flag’s TV Party the other night and was overcome by the urge to have a TV party. For those unfamiliar with the song, I’ve linked to the lyrics but the thing that makes the song goofy and funny isn’t reflected in the lyrics. After they swear they’re dedicated to their favorite shows, the guys in the band yell out various popular tv shows like: That’s Incredible!, Hill Street Blues, Dallas, Quincy (“Ladies and Gentlemen, you are about to enter the exciting world of forensic medicine…”), Dynasty.

Checking out Wikipedia’s 1982 in Television entry, it seems like we could do a 1982 TV party (making it a nice flat 25th anniversary) and pull in a lot of other great awful shows. M*A*S*H* was still on in 1982, as was Happy Days, Little House on the Prairie, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, Benson, Dukes of Hazzard, The Facts of Life, Trapper John, M.D., Magnum P.I., Gimme a Break!, Knight Rider, and The Fall Guy. 1982 was the last year for WKRP in Cincinnati, Fridays, Barney Miller, Mork and Mindy, and Bosom Buddies. 1982 was the Eddie Murphy/Joe Piscopo/Robin Duke era of Saturday Night Live. So much awful tv to draw from!

I presented the idea to my dinner companions on Friday and received a pretty enthusiastic response. I’m thinking it’ll take some time to put something like this together but the more I think about it, the more I think it’s something that just has to be done! Make it an all-day affair, like Toren’s Cartoon Party, where people can come and go as they feel like it. If it’s too hard to get a hold of the TV shows, we could always branch out into films from 1982, though that does stretch the “TV” part of TV Party. Still, 48 Hours? E.T. the Extra-Terristrial? First Blood (aka “Rambo”)? Mazes and Monsters? Nightshift? Poltergeist? Oh yeah.

40 comments to TV Party

  • That sounds awesome. :)

  • That sounds awesome. :)

  • That sounds awesome. :)

  • That sounds awesome. :)

  • That sounds awesome. :)

  • Black Flag’s version is OK, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Asylum Street Spankers cover the song live. It’s a kind of hick punk. (There’s a recording on iTunes, from their cover album “Mercurial,” if you’re interested.)

  • Black Flag’s version is OK, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Asylum Street Spankers cover the song live. It’s a kind of hick punk. (There’s a recording on iTunes, from their cover album “Mercurial,” if you’re interested.)

  • Black Flag’s version is OK, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Asylum Street Spankers cover the song live. It’s a kind of hick punk. (There’s a recording on iTunes, from their cover album “Mercurial,” if you’re interested.)

  • Black Flag’s version is OK, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Asylum Street Spankers cover the song live. It’s a kind of hick punk. (There’s a recording on iTunes, from their cover album “Mercurial,” if you’re interested.)

  • Black Flag’s version is OK, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Asylum Street Spankers cover the song live. It’s a kind of hick punk. (There’s a recording on iTunes, from their cover album “Mercurial,” if you’re interested.)

  • I love that song; it’s probably the only Black Flag on my laptop.

    And the TV era was…. Well, it wasn’t all sucktastic, but that party would require some beer. I volunteer to bring it.

  • I love that song; it’s probably the only Black Flag on my laptop.

    And the TV era was…. Well, it wasn’t all sucktastic, but that party would require some beer. I volunteer to bring it.

  • I love that song; it’s probably the only Black Flag on my laptop.

    And the TV era was…. Well, it wasn’t all sucktastic, but that party would require some beer. I volunteer to bring it.

  • I love that song; it’s probably the only Black Flag on my laptop.

    And the TV era was…. Well, it wasn’t all sucktastic, but that party would require some beer. I volunteer to bring it.

  • I love that song; it’s probably the only Black Flag on my laptop.

    And the TV era was…. Well, it wasn’t all sucktastic, but that party would require some beer. I volunteer to bring it.

  • One of my best friends in high school signed my junior year (1985-86) yearbook with some of those lyrics, but replaced the shout-outs with our favorites:

    “Doctor Who!” “Miami Vice!”

    Ah, the geek memories…..

  • One of my best friends in high school signed my junior year (1985-86) yearbook with some of those lyrics, but replaced the shout-outs with our favorites:

    “Doctor Who!” “Miami Vice!”

    Ah, the geek memories…..

  • One of my best friends in high school signed my junior year (1985-86) yearbook with some of those lyrics, but replaced the shout-outs with our favorites:

    “Doctor Who!” “Miami Vice!”

    Ah, the geek memories…..

  • One of my best friends in high school signed my junior year (1985-86) yearbook with some of those lyrics, but replaced the shout-outs with our favorites:

    “Doctor Who!” “Miami Vice!”

    Ah, the geek memories…..

  • One of my best friends in high school signed my junior year (1985-86) yearbook with some of those lyrics, but replaced the shout-outs with our favorites:

    “Doctor Who!” “Miami Vice!”

    Ah, the geek memories…..

  • On no, wait! My TV broken!

    You could watch Repoman – which wasn’t out til ’84 but at least you’d get to listen to the song in situ.

  • On no, wait! My TV broken!

    You could watch Repoman – which wasn’t out til ’84 but at least you’d get to listen to the song in situ.

  • On no, wait! My TV broken!

    You could watch Repoman – which wasn’t out til ’84 but at least you’d get to listen to the song in situ.

  • On no, wait! My TV broken!

    You could watch Repoman – which wasn’t out til ’84 but at least you’d get to listen to the song in situ.

  • On no, wait! My TV broken!

    You could watch Repoman – which wasn’t out til ’84 but at least you’d get to listen to the song in situ.

  • It causes me existential agony that you would place M*A*S*H in the same context as The frickin’ Dukes of Hazzard.

    That ain’t right.

    ;)

    -E

    • I hesitated to put it in there. M*A*S*H* had some quality episodes but man, those last few years are a lot better in memory.

      • I dunno. It was a later-season episode wherein Charles, in response to Mulcahy’s concern at the camp’s skyrocketing VD incidence, says, “What do you expect when grown men practice license without a medicine?”

        That’s some quality funny.

        -E

  • It causes me existential agony that you would place M*A*S*H in the same context as The frickin’ Dukes of Hazzard.

    That ain’t right.

    ;)

    -E

    • I hesitated to put it in there. M*A*S*H* had some quality episodes but man, those last few years are a lot better in memory.

      • I dunno. It was a later-season episode wherein Charles, in response to Mulcahy’s concern at the camp’s skyrocketing VD incidence, says, “What do you expect when grown men practice license without a medicine?”

        That’s some quality funny.

        -E

      • I dunno. It was a later-season episode wherein Charles, in response to Mulcahy’s concern at the camp’s skyrocketing VD incidence, says, “What do you expect when grown men practice license without a medicine?”

        That’s some quality funny.

        -E

    • I hesitated to put it in there. M*A*S*H* had some quality episodes but man, those last few years are a lot better in memory.

  • It causes me existential agony that you would place M*A*S*H in the same context as The frickin’ Dukes of Hazzard.

    That ain’t right.

    ;)

    -E

  • It causes me existential agony that you would place M*A*S*H in the same context as The frickin’ Dukes of Hazzard.

    That ain’t right.

    ;)

    -E

    • I hesitated to put it in there. M*A*S*H* had some quality episodes but man, those last few years are a lot better in memory.

      • I dunno. It was a later-season episode wherein Charles, in response to Mulcahy’s concern at the camp’s skyrocketing VD incidence, says, “What do you expect when grown men practice license without a medicine?”

        That’s some quality funny.

        -E

  • It causes me existential agony that you would place M*A*S*H in the same context as The frickin’ Dukes of Hazzard.

    That ain’t right.

    ;)

    -E

  • I hesitated to put it in there. M*A*S*H* had some quality episodes but man, those last few years are a lot better in memory.

  • I dunno. It was a later-season episode wherein Charles, in response to Mulcahy’s concern at the camp’s skyrocketing VD incidence, says, “What do you expect when grown men practice license without a medicine?”

    That’s some quality funny.

    -E