Jimmy Fallon and Late Night were already on a roll last week, thanks in large part to New York Mets ace/budding fashionista Matt Harvey and
ripped RIPD star Ryan Reynolds, but they saved the best for last, and in doing so perhaps experienced their finest hour yet. In a flight of fancy that could only have been ripped directly from the pages of our diary, Fallon did the impossible , reuniting the legendary [and fictional] rock band Jesse & the Rippers, fronted by heartthrob and dedicated uncle, Jesse Cochran Katsopolis. They said it couldn’t be done, mostly because the band never actually existed, but Late Night has demonstrated time and time again that they have no interest in getting bogged down with details and logic and whether or not something is quote-unquote real. That’s for Leno to do.
And in proving once again that there’s an undeniable and insatiable appetite for everything
we love and hold dear and want to keep only for ourselves 90s nostalgia, the performance, a blistering mega-mix of their greatest hits, was an instant sensation, showing once and for all that Jesse & his Rippers were indeed ahead of their time and only through the benefit of reflection and the passing of decades has their genius been truly appreciated. Would we want to see J & the R mount full-scale reunion with a never-ending world tour and a hit new record? Of course. But if Jesse never dons his leather vest again or lifts his guitar strap over his shoulder or raises a fine-toothed comb to feather his hairt, we’ll forever have “Forever.”
And not only did they did pull off a miracle with this one TGIF night only performance, they topped it off with Mrs. Jesse & the Rippers herself, Becky Donaldson. Talk about get out of my dreams and into my car!
And bonus points for reviving the ghost of 21 Jump Street‘s Captain Jenkno to play guitar (or is that Boober Fraggle?).
We were stuck out on (in?) Long Island for another day, bring Jumped the Snark operations nearly to a halt. We hope to be back up and running tomorrow, but it could have been worse. Could have been Christmas. Could have been snowed in at the airport. Could have been trapped with Uncle Joey.
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Just to tie a bow on yesterday’s John Stamos-Beach Boys-DWTS post, here’s last night’s surf rock medley, with Stamos performing not one, not two, but three instruments, and looking, in the words of my mother, adorable: [via Gawker.TV]
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Could this be a storyline for that long-awaited Full House reunion? Uncle Jesse goes on tour with his teen heartthrob twin sons Nicky and Alex? But the show is cut short when niece Stephanie goes into labor? How rude! Younger sister Michelle shows up at the hospital just in time, barreling into the waiting room exclaiming “I’m coming, I’m coming, I’m coming. I’m here!”? You got it, dude!
Also Gawker.TV did what I couldn’t do and found the classic clip of the Tanner clan joining The Beach Boys on stage for “Barbara Ann.” I hang my blog in shame.
And so ends the Full House portion of our week. Or does it?
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.