6/19/08

The Rockafire Explosion - Happy Birthday Medley/Do You Love Me (1981)

Well, well, well, how do you introduce this?
In the 80's, there were P.J.A.W.A.A.'s (Pizza-Joint-Arcades-With-Animatronic-Animals), namely Showbiz Pizza (which we had), and Chuck E. Cheese's, but alas, Billy Bob fell, hence only one P.J.A.W.A.A. rising above the landscape today. [NOTE: I recently got wind of a new Chuck E. Cheese opening that had NO animatronics at all, but I haven't verified it yet.  It's a sad day!]
But I digress--if you were lucky enough to have a birthday party at Showbiz Pizza (which I was, and oh, the darkened STARCADE tunnel full of space games), the band performed a special birthday song for YOU. Not only that, but they gave you a special commemorative 45 rpm single as a momento. And here is that single, ripping off countless oldies...and let's not get started about the B-side, which sounds to me like a bad Joe Cocker impression, or something.


7 comments:

Brett said...

that is freaking awesome, this song has been stuck in my head for about 20 years. plus, it is nearly my birthday. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for a copy of the birthday melody for years.... It's tradition in our family to play this to play that song, so now I can bring it back. Thanks for posting!

evamarie52279 said...

Wow! I still have this 45rpm record and it still plays even though it's cracked all the way through!

Anonymous said...

I know this is old, but I have to add one thing. Showbiz pizza didn't fall prey to Chuck E Cheese. They actually bought Chuck E Cheese out of bankruptcy and ran both restaurant chains for several years before deciding to unify them all under one umbrella.

Unfortunately, the expense of running the Rock-afire was one of the reasons the decision was made to switch all restaurants to the CEC brand.

There's a great little documentary about all of this that fans might find interesting:

http://www.rockafiremovie.com

Chris Sobieniak said...

It's rather a shame I never had a Showbiz where I lived. Best I had to contend with was other such clones with names like "Razz-Ma-Tazz" and "Major Magic's (who held out the longest in my town alone), though I use to see Showbiz ads on Detroit stations all the time back in the 80's.

Sampoerna Quatrain said...

Thanks for all the kind comments! I gotta track down this documentary on the Rockafire Explosion!

craig said...

thanks so much for putting these up! i have this exact record but have misplaced it and i think we maybe even had another one with more songs.
the documentary is on hulu! {=o)
http://www.hulu.com/watch/213600/the-rock-afire-explosion