Pee-wee Herman performing 'Surfin' Bird' in 1987's 'Back to the Beach'

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You know what? He was completely thrilled to do it.

I have no doubt. Because he’s Pee-wee.

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I saw this movie in the theater. I had a job working outdoors in 100+ degree weather and lived in a place with no air-con, so going to movies was a good way to cool off. I remember seeing the preview and thinking I’ll bet they put all the good parts in the preview. Sure enough, on viewing the entire movie, I was correct.

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Pee Wee’s appearance wasn’t the only highlight of this completely terrible 80s movie. The other was Fishbone doing Ska Ska Ska!

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Pee-wee’s cameo was fantastic. Roger Ebert seemed to like the movie.

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It may be nostalgia, or that I was not a super-critical consumer at 12, but I remember loving this movie, and was thinking about forcing my children to watch it. Heck Roger Ebert liked it

I don’t know what I was expecting from “Back to the Beach,” but it certainly wasn’t the funniest, quirkiest musical comedy since “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Back to the Beach movie review (1987) | Roger Ebert

But I am afraid it may backfire and I’ll never get another 80s/90s films. I am riding a high after Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure landed well. I’m debating the Sandlot as a safer bet.

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Not all of the best scenes were in the trailer, it omits Frankie Avalon shaving and playing golf while surfing to the sound of Indiana Jones. Also, Aunt Becky in a swimsuit.

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I am always excited to see new (to me) cameos from Fishbone. They were such a huge influence in the late 80’s and 90’s but never got the level of love I think they deserved. They’re still out there touring, though the lineup isn’t the same as back then. It went down to just Angelo and Norwood for a while, but they’ve slowly been pulling others back in. It’s lovely to see every time they come to town. :slight_smile:

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in addition to scoring the entire film, Fishbone performs their own Howard Beach Party in one of my all-time favorites: Tapeheads.
also in this scene are soul legends Sam Moore (of Sam&Dave) and Junior Walker, the bartender is the guy in all the Alex Cox movies, and you may just recognize the two leads

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The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx album from that era is surprisingly really good. I don’t think I would have even known it came out except it came to my college radio station.

Totally agree; that album was dang good. It was interesting watching the band get heavier as we went through the 90’s to suddenly a more light / “Truth & Soul” feeling album with Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx… I’m certainly happier with the lighter tone, personally. shrug I just work here. :slight_smile:

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