It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...

I got a few old Archie radio episodes off one of them newsgroups and got around to listening to a few today. Ah, for the simpler time when the major problem in a teenager's life was how to get two dollars and ninety-eight cents so he can buy bubble bath soap for one of his best girls. (All right, I'll concede that life in 1946 probably really wasn't that wholesome outside popular media, just like how every kid in America today isn't really wisecrackingly cute, but it's still an interesting portrayal.)

I especially like the device that starts each show -- Archie breathlessly telling Jughead to "come on over right away! It's a matter of life or death!" Of course it really isn't, and Jughead, being the laconic, proto-beatnik that he was before the 1960s cartoons turned him into a food-loving goof, responds with "Relax, Archie, relaaaax."

I'm sure I left a point in here somewhere -- oh, here it is: Archie's voice, as I discovered, is faithfully reproduced in pitch-perfect fashion by David Ossman as Porgie Tirebiter in the Firesign Theatre's Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers. I'd known that the "lovable, stupid Porgie & Mudhead" segment was a parody of both the Archie series and the Aldrich Family radio show (very very similar to the Archie show, though this one had the "Coming, Mother!" opening that was skillfully sent up in Dwarf as Porgie helps Porcelain "make the bed") but I didn't realize that Ossman had nailed that Archie voice right down to the last "Gee whiz." Suddenly you gain even more respect for something you've liked for a very very long time. And that's cool.

And tomorrow, I'll be bringing back what I did last year. I think it ought to be a tradition. No, not the Logan garage roof thing, though that's cool too. The Jean Shepherd thing. Yeah.

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