Yesterday I made it seem like David Naughton made a Dr. Pepper commercial, starred in An American Werewolf in London, and then pretty much dropped off the face of the Earth. While that’s not entirely true (as evidenced by his IMDB page), he also never hit it all that big.
Among Naughton’s many gigs, he had his own sitcom, Makin’ It, which tried to capitalize on the popularity of Saturday Night Fever by making an already slight plot even more slight and trivial. The show only lasted nine episodes in 1979, but the theme song was a hit long after the series was cancelled. “Makin’ It” the song made it to number five on the charts, and was immortalized in one of my favorite Bill Murray movies, Meatballs (I have a very low tolerance for stupidity in films, but this one got to me before I developed that particular flaw).
I love this song. It’s just a bit of Disco-Pop confection, but it satisfies my musical sweet tooth. The video clip I chose is kind of shaky in a nausea or seizure producing way, but if you’re not prone to either of those things, you should watch it to see some of the charisma Naughton exhibited as a young actor. He’s very watchable in a non-threatening, noncommittal sort of way; you can pretty much take or leave him, but you won’t be sorry if you stick around. As a result of this song, I’ve always had a soft spot for Naughton. Yes, An American Werewolf in London is a good movie, and he’s great in it, but I’ve never had any emotional attachment to it like I do for this musical blast from my past.
Hey, y’all! I’m back! It hasn’t been that long since I posted, and it’s not like I don’t have some ideas (I got some new music, and there’s always the massive collection living in my closet after all.) But I’ve been saving my posts up because I became a Pepper for the month of November.
The lovely and wonderful Rarasaur (who is just as lovely and wonderful in three dimensions as she is on the interwebs) has recruited myself and a number of other bloggers for Nano Poblano, an easier to say name for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo. . . or something like that; her name is so much better). The goal is to post something every day for the month of November. This is good for me, because I have fallen out of the habit of posting regularly. I like to keep the jukebox stocked with great music, and my lack of posts has been weighing on me a little (not too much, to be honest). I’ve heard it takes about a month for something to become a habit, so I’m going to make the most valiant effort to post every single day this month. That may mean a lot of reposts and quickies, but so be it. I am determined to be an active part of the blogosphere again.
I chose this classic little bit of advertising cheese from the seventies because it relates to the quality of being a Pepper, not because I drink Dr. Pepper (it’s not bad; I just prefer Coke). This is one of those classic commercial jingles that they just don’t write anymore–it’s another dying breed along with the great TV theme song. David Naughton really sells it, too. It was probably one of his earliest paying gigs as an actor, and it showed his potential. After all, if he could convince people to buy a weirdly flavored soda, then he could do just about anything. (“Just about anything” for Naughton turned out to be a great turn as a werewolf in An American Werewolf in London, but that was also pretty much the peak of his career.) People of my generation grew up on this commercial, so I hope others feel just as fondly for it as I do.