Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper Too?

Glass soda bottles….. yep, this is the Dusty Vinyl Archive.

If your week is starting off a bit flat, then let The Nest add a little fizz to your ears on this Monday!  Don’t worry, that sound you hear is just the popping and cracking of another refreshing lost record poured out of that two liter bottle of sugary goodness we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is always fully carbonated, and ready to wake you up with some more audio caffeine, while the Sponkies should probably just drink the Kool Aid.  This week’s song goes well with a can of New Coke…

For as long as popular music and Hollywood have co-existed, there had always been a bit of a crossover between the two art forms of the famous.  Elvis, Will Smith and even Marky Mark took time away from the recording studio to become film stars… while established thespians like John Travolta, Patrick Swayze and even Bruce Willis took a few moments out of their acting careers to hit the Billboard charts.

You got a problem with my singing, pal? (BLAM!) Huh? (BLAM! BLAM!)

Some of these two-way stars were never really “stars” in either realm.  That brings us to this week’s featured artist, a man by the name of David Naughton.  Aside from a couple of early bit roles on TV shows, Naughton’s first real exposure to American audiences came in the late 70’s when he was tabbed by Dr. Pepper to sing the praises of their icky flavored soda on the air waves.  Someone at ABC thought the Dr. Pepper guy should get his own sitcom, which wound up being a terrible idea, as it lasted a whole nine episodes before getting canceled in 1979.  But at least its theme song, sung by Naughton, was solid gold…

While Makin’ It the TV show didn’t make it, “Makin’ It” the TV show theme song made it all the way up to #5 on the US charts.  It’s a cheesy but fun three minutes of schlock that sadly got buried deep within the lighted glass floor mausoleum of disco once the 80’s rolled around and people no longer wanted to be associated with that era.  And like just about every other fun record from the late 70’s and early 80’s, this one was issued by RSO and has the familiar red cow on the record label!  Mooooooo!!!!

The cows are… um…. makin’ something else.

While Naughton initially made it with Dr. Pepper, the soft drink company from the conservative state of Texas was not too thrilled with his starring role in the 1981 movie An American Werewolf in London, since he was makin’ it in the buff… and thus shortly after its released ended their relationship with the howling man.  Apparently, even hairy wolfmen needed to wear clothes back in the olden days…

Looks like all that Dr. Pepper put some hair on your chest!

So, what song will be makin’ it onto the DVA next Monday?  Come back and find out next week…

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19 Responses to Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper Too?

  1. I THINK I remember this song but not entirely sure – – – you know – – – things were a little fuzzy for me during that time. It’s pure disco though that’s for sure and in a world where hardly anything is pure, I suppose we should celebrate pure schlock when we hear it!

    Pam

  2. a pretty cowl song!!!

  3. I haven’t heard that song in FOREVER!!! Its a cool tune if you remember when it came out, lol. And I remember him from the movie An American Werewolf In London.

  4. Ironic given that Texas elected Ted Cruz but a nude werewolf was too much for its tender sensibilities. Go figure. Always enjoyed this song, a happy beat perfect for swinging the big hair from back and forth. Happy Monday.

  5. Ally Bean says:

    I liked that Dr. Pepper commercial the first time I heard it, but then… it was on TV all the time… and I learned to dislike it… the commercial and the beverage. It was marketing gone south, so to speak.

    • I’m too young to remember the Naughton ads, but I definitely remember all those wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too commercials in the mid 80’s. It didn’t work. My Dad loved Dr. Pepper, but I couldn’t stand the taste, or even the smell of it…

  6. Kismet says:

    Dr Pepper makes me sneeze.

  7. draliman says:

    Getting “buried deep within the lighted glass floor mausoleum of disco” isn’t enough for this song, it might get out. I would have sealed it in concrete too. And thrown it into a volcano.

  8. Mer O'Leary says:

    I hate Dr. Pepper. Worst pop ever made.

  9. My bro and I sang the dr. Pepper song in our house until mom banned it! Lol

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