Thursday, January 17, 2008

Time for Timer!

If I said to you, "they're doing push ups in Peoria, they're jogging in L.A." would that mean anything to you? Somewhere in the recesses of your addled brain, does this spark a memory of childhood? Well if you're my age, and you didn't get out much on Saturday mornings, it should. In the age before infinite repeats of Zack & Cody, we had Schoolhouse Rock, Time For Timer, and Chopper. Yes, Chopper. The opening line of his medley has been stuck in my brain for around thirty years, and would crawl quickly out of its recesses every time someone mentioned Peoria, Illinois. Trouble was, I could never remember the rest of the song, or even the subject matter. Bless you, YouTube. Strap yours seatbelts on, we're going back again...







8 comments:

Howard said...

I don't remember the first one so the Peoria reference doesn't work for me. However, I can't hear the world wagon without thinking wagon wheel and the 2nd one. The 3rd I vaguely remember and the 4th I had forgotten about, but once it played for a second I knew all the words.

Mike said...

I remember them all, but don't forget Luis the Lifeguard!

"...happy to say, I rescued a drowning potato today...don't drown your food..."

Jabe said...

My brothers were arguing about the cheese video (after it was used on an episode of Family Guy), so I looked it up and found your blog. I laughed out loud when I read what you wrote about Peoria. I've done the same thing for years, including the fact that there's also a Peoria in Arizona, and I know a guy from there. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

tara. said...

oh my god, i love these clips so much...i have been singing 'exercise your teeth' and 'hanker for a hunk of cheese' for at least 25 years :). thank you so much for posting them (found while searching on google).

Anonymous said...

Whew! Thank you for posting this! I have been singing the first line forever as well and I could never get the lyrics past that! As soon as I heard the music and the rest of the lyrics, I was able to sing along... I also get the same line stuck in my head when I hear someone mention Peoria, Ill. :)

Sara said...

so glad you posted this. this song haunts me and will pop into my head where it will stay for days...

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to go to Peoria because of this dang song. I got to go at age 39.

Lisa said...

WOW! I have the same problem you did. I was reading about an event in Peoria, IL and the first two lines regarding Peoria and LA popped into my mind like it always does. This time I had to go search for the song and found your blog. THANK YOU! My husband didn't remember any of them, but I was definitely a Saturday morning cartoon kid. You brought back a lot of fun memories. Thanks again!