Family Ties “Band on the Run” (part 2 of 2)
Then Skippy enters, wearing a satin jacket that says “1987 World Tour – $winging Corporate Raiders”, and I believe the joke is now complete.
Alex then hands out sheet music, telling the girls that he’s got new songs to go with their new image. Jennifer complains that it’s “all show tunes”, and she refuses to sing “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?” I honestly never pegged Alex as the type to be into musicals. I guess the joke here is that Alex is so conservative that he wants the girls to sing safe, old fashioned numbers, but a young guy into show tunes these days doesn’t exactly say “Young Republican” to most people.
So Alex tells them to do the other song they practiced. He says, “In the key of C,” and blows into a harmonica, which accomplishes nothing. A moment later, the members of the band are bobbing up and down and bum-bum-bumming their way through an a capella rendition of “Mr. Sandman”. It’s the very same song made famous by the Chordettes, complete with references to the wavy hair of Liberace. And I’m pretty sure Liberace was not a Young Republican, either.
Those poor, poor, deluded Chordettes. They were like the Claymates of their day.
And just in case this isn’t painful enough, they even get Skippy to do the deep baritone Yeeesss? at the start of the song. Please kill me.
As the girls sing in unison, Alex excitedly says that Christina has got the act down pat, and he joins in with her, and it’s here we learn her character’s name is “Kitten”. I’d ask what kind of name is “Kitten”, but then again, what kind of name is “Rainbow”? Perhaps Christina is really playing the forgotten Phoenix sibling, Kitten Phoenix.