Rocking out in the forest! Wooo!
One of the main conversations we’ve been having at work this week involves just how much greater kids’ TV was back in the day, a line of thought that culminated in the discovery of an unofficial Raccoons fansite! With MP3s!
If you don’t remember The Raccoons, it was a Canadian cartoon about, well, raccoons. And an ardvark. Called Cyril Sneer. Who had a son. Cedric Sneer. Okay, maybe that doesn’t sell it as much as I’d like (although anything featuring a character called Cyril Sneer automatically rules, in a Dickensian sort of way), but trust me, it was cool. This was largely down to the eighties power pop end theme song ‘Run With Us’, which is up there with the greats. I clearly remember rocking out to it just before Going Live started.
(Going Live! The last great Saturday morning show. If you’re my generation, you’ll remember Gordon the Gopher being terrorised by a shi’tzu and WWF legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan trashing the studio. They don’t make them like that any more. Nowadays its all, frankly, pants.)
The weird thing is, thinking about The Raccoons and Run With Us got me reminising about giant transforming robots. Anyone who’s seen Transformers: The Movie (starring Orson Welles, director of Citizen Kane) will be aware, not only of its sheer cinematic greatness (Optimus Prime wiping the floor with the Decepticon army is one of my all time favourite movie moments, and I’m being totally serious there, it being the first time I went to see a film without my parents), but also of its eighties Hair Metal soundtrack. If you haven’t headbanged or played air guitar to ‘Dare’ or ‘You’ve Got The Touch’, you haven’t lived and you’re missing out on a seminal piece of musical history. Some would call that hyperbole, but you know what? I don’t care. Raise a glass to the eighties; you had to be there.
Oh, and if anyone knows the name of Cyril Sneer’s dog, let me know. It’s been bugging us for days.