I want to qualify this statement with the word “arguably” but I truly cannot imagine that there could be a strong argument against it.
Pete & Pete is one of the best shows of ours or any generation. A core element of the golden age of Nickelodeon and of my own childhood. Name another convergence of circumstances that would come to cast Iggy Pop in a show meant for children – and what’s more, casted perfectly. The writing is just brilliant, I can watch it as an adult and enjoy it just as much without relying on the crutch of nostalgia.
And that brilliance in writing extends to the soundtrack. Polaris is made up of 3/4 of the band Miracle Legion, taking on a new name because their fourth member was not available. And so after recording an album for use in the sound track of the show and being prominently featured in “A Hard Day’s Pete”, a fantastic episode, they did not perform as Polaris again until a charity event in 2012. One single show in the history of the band.
Their album, “Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete”, was released in 1999 via The Mezzotint Label and it’s full of really wonderful tracks. “Hey Sandy” & “She Is Staggering” have certainly seen their fair share of rotation in my library.
Now comes the news that they are headed out on the road for their first ever tour. Nine stops and, heart-breakingly, none over here on the west coast. For those of you between Chicago and Rhode Island – go. Go for me and cancel out my waves of psychic weeping.
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