I was watching Dancing with the Stars last night (which I had a perfectly good reason for doing, one that I won’t explain here), and learned that John Stamos would be performing on tonight’s episode with the Beach Boys! Stamos and the Boys together again, just like the late 80s! Stamos, as you might recall, for some reason, has often played with The Beach Boys over the years, and apparently frequently still tours with the group. You might also remember a little more clearly the song “Forever,” which was recorded with Stamos on vocals, but featured on Full House as the smash hit video from Uncle Jesse’s rock band, Jesse and the Rippers. I mean, how could you ever forget this:
Even though The Beach Boys weren’t properly credited on the sitcom as the real band behind “Forever,” they did make several appearances on the show, even bringing the whole Tanner clan on stage in the episode “Beach Boy Bingo,” and later engaging in a group hug in the family’s living room (only mere feet from where Uncle Joey slept in season 1).
We should also not forget that Stamos played the congas on that perennial summer jam “Kokomo.” I’m not sure that anyone, and I mean anyone, has ever rocked a pink tank top like Stamos in this video (nostalgia side story: a friend whose name I’ve long since forgotten and I performed this song for our summer day camp talent show. I must have been about 5 years old at the time, but I’m pretty sure we brought the house (elementary school gym) down).
And that is how I learned the geography of the Caribbean.