Monday, September 27, 2010

Now yip yip yip yip yip yip

According to this article, and they would have no reason to lie, the many members of the satire-comedy-doo wop tribute band Sha Na Na are gathering to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Hofstra University, from whose nurturing bosom they sprang in the late 60's.  1969 - the VERY late 60's.

History tells us that Sha Na Na formed as a lark by some guys who enjoyed harmonizing and taking off on the street-corner sounds of the early rock 'n' roll days.  They dressed in outlandish costumes and parlayed an early appearance at Woodstock (where they must have been quite the sight to those who failed to heed the warnings about the brown acid) into doing a weekly TV show and appearing in the movie "Grease" as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers

All great stuff, and mighty enjoyable, but what a shocok to find that, 41 years later, some of them are still out there plowing the musical fields of America. 

But without Bowser.  Jon Bauman was the skinny guy with the amazing ability to open his mouth to such a cavernous extent that rumor ran rampant that he was the original model for PacMan. He was the lead singer and more or less the whole show.  And now, according to the article, he no longer appears with the band.

Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
Mum mum mum mum mum mum
Get a job
I dunno.  It's like ordering a ham and cheese sandwich and not getting any ham.