Loaded For Bear are a weird fascination for me. At first listen, nothing sounded like it was supposed to go together, kind of like goat cheese and staples. Then after I got past the initial shock of feeling shocked initially, I became le smitten for their rockish brand of folky stringed sass. The fact that Loaded For Bear were down to submit for Pop Cultures Collide was a surprise to me, as most people who resemble vikings tend to be on the lazy side, but the additional fact that they went with the Golden Girls theme? Well, I consider it a gift. This was the song I begged bands to cover since Del suggested the idea a few years ago.
The Golden Girls theme song from Loaded For Bear sounds nearly identical to the original, until it doesn't and you're left holding onto that coloring book where you drew your first sketch penis. This band is fucking awesome.
Upon consideration of our choice for cultures collide, we realized just how many incredibly catchy tunes molded us through the formative years: Ninja Turtles, Mario 3, Twin Peaks, Duck Tales, that Crossfire commercial, Full House, Final Fantasy I-VI... the list is virtually endless. However, as a collective of twenty-somethings, one song stood out that perhaps tugged the most heart-strings. The perfect blend of cheesy nostalgia and ecclectic musciality that we were after.
Since "Thank You For Being A Friend" had originally been performed by Andrew Gold (and was then performed by Cynthia Fee for the television theme) we tried to split the difference and incorporate the subtle differences of both. (then blow it out entirely) And of course, with rocking piano, a slick bass line, rediculous lyrics and syrupy strings, the decision was pretty simple.
TGIF was with the folks, Saturday morning cartoons was with brothers and sisters, and Saturday night gaming was with friends from school, but Golden Girls was often enjoyed with the grandparents on week-long vacations. All of these memories are nostalgic and fondly remembered, but in the end, perhaps the time that we cherished most belongs to the time spent with grandad, grammy, Bea, Rue, Estelle and Bettie.