I recently found a feature on Entertainment Weekly's web site, where the writers picked the 15 Worst TV Spin-Offs Ever. Reviewing this slide show definitely brought back some memories for me, and I couldn't help but agree with the inclusion of a number of shows.
And then I saw Joanie Loves Chachi included on the list. Now, honestly, I don't remember the show being all that good, but what I do remember (and can still actually sing, word for word) is the theme song, You Look at Me.
Watching it again, clearly Scott Baio and Erin Moran aren't the most gifted singers. (Through my 8th grade filter, they weren't that bad.) But the memories that this song brings back go far beyond the show.
And now it's story time:
When I was in 8th grade, a friend of ours had a Halloween party. Her mother always pushed her and her sisters to be overachievers, so her parties always required more than just hanging out with your friends. At this party, we were told we had to perform somethinga dance, a song, a skit. For reasons too complicated (and embarrassing) to enumerate, my friend Stacy and I decided to perform You Look at Me. We rehearsed over the phone and in person a lot (not that it was such a complicated song), but honestly, I can't remember if we actually performed at the party.
Ah, memories. For what it's worth, our performances aren't available online, so take a listen to the dulcet tones of Erin and Scott...