Reversing the Numbness

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Dregs of Humanity

I don't know where you guys were in 1984 and '85, but I could often be found in front of the television watching the classic but short-lived Jason Bateman sitcom It's Your Move. Jason played a high-school scam-artist named Matthew Burton who was constantly at war with his mom's boyfriend through one prank or the other. I freakin' loved that show.

It lasted 19 episodes, but I really only remember the two-part show featuring the band Dregs of Humanity. This band was just another of Matthew's schemes, of course -- the musicians were actually just laboratory skeletons dressed up like metal musicians and hooked up like marionettes. They ended up getting huge, and before the lie got completely out of hand, Burton sent the band off a cliff to their demise. Nobody ever figured out that they weren't a real band. (Read the Wikipedia entry for more on this episode.) Any time I've ever heard the word 'dregs,' I've instantly thought of It's Your Move.

I ran across the word today, then hit the Web. It sure was surprising to look on YouTube to find this. If you liked this show too, you're going to want to follow that link.

8 comments:

Raoul Duke said...

classic. is that Steve from Married with Children?

SleekPelt said...

Sure is.

Zee said...
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Zee said...

Classic show. It was hyped like crazy. It was also on the tails of Jason's sister, Justine Bateman's, success on the popular sitcom Family Ties. The tv ads for the show featured a scene where Burton was exchanging quips with his sister, and when she walked away there was a sign on her back that read, "I stuff my bra." That was heavy stuff for 1984.

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