Show Segment 1
"Be Good Johnny (Chuck E.)"
"Theme to Fame"
"Rock This Town"
Show Segment 2
"Those Oldies But Goodies"
"At the Hop"
"Get a Job"
"Life Could Be A Dream (Sha boom Sha boom)"
Show Segment 3
"Henry the 8th"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Show Segment 4
"Stop in the Name of Love"
Show Segment 5
"Born to Be Wild"
Show Segment 6
"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"
"Rock the Boat"
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher"
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
Special Show Segments
"Warblettes Oldies Birthday"
"Pasqually's Birthday Rock"
"My Girlfriend's Birthday"
"Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"
"Cheer - Bandstand Cheer"
"Pasqually's Chuck E. Intro" (Bandstand)
This is the first installment of Chuck E's Bandstand, which takes the audience through new decades and genres of music. Throughout this tape, a theme of "KCEC Pizza Radio" is added onto most skits by the Warblettes, as though the different shows are all part of a radio countdown of sorts. The main show themes here are a tribute to (then current) 1980s video hits, and oldies show, tribute to the British Invasion bands, a show of soul music, famous car songs, and a show dedicated to the music of the early 70s. A selection of bandstand themed birthday and special shows are also included on this showtape.
- For this show the, characters were all dressed in special outfits - giving each character a tie-in to either a famous muscian or muscial genre. Chuck E. Cheese was dressed in a sparkly blue vest with red bowtie and wore a pair of star-shaped glasses (a la Elton John). Helen was dressed like a punk rocker, Pasqually like a beatnik (with a special set of bongo drums in place of his usual accordian). Jasper wore a large blonde wig.
- Although most showtapes that played at PTT came with special props and backdrops, all photos and videos of the "Bandstand" stage, have the characters in special outfits as outlined above - yet the stage itself recycles the "Broadway" stage used previously in the Broadway Helen Henny
tape. This is likely a cost cutting measure due to PTT's financial troubles which were beginning (PTT filed for bankruptcy a year later in 1984).
Birthday / Special Shows
- Bandstand 1 and Bandstand 2 included a group of banstand-themed birthday and special shows. There's a total of 6 new birthday shows that were recorded for these tapes - which is equal to the number of regular showtape segments contained on these reels!
-4.5 out of 5 Tokens-
I think this tape is quite enjoyable. There was a lot of interesting song choices, many of which were a little bit more relevant such as current video hits, and famous oldies (as opposed some of the obscure broadway/western/foreign songs used on previous tapes). Helen is kinda all over the place on this tape though - during the Oldies show she is super annoying with far too much clucking. However she does a really nice job on the "Higher and Higher" song as well as "Bus Stop" (my personal favorite part of the whole tape). Chuck E. seems to be much more friendly in these shows - not that the occasional insult doesn't slip out, but it's a drastic change from previous tapes where every other comment out of his mouth is an insult.
I like the addition of so many "themed" birthday / special shows too - very cool that a special bandstand cheer was recorded, along with a bandstand intro for the live character was a plesant surprise. Too bad there wasn't more regular segments included, but then again this is part 1 of a set of tapes.