February 20, 1985 |
Riding to pop music fame and fortune on the pretense of reuniting missing children with their parents might appear a bit sleazy to some, but not to aging rock musician Phil O'Kelsey. "I can answer that right now," said the 39-year-old Sherman Oaks resident who has spent most of his career playing backup bass and saxophone to other rock stars. "I really don't give a damn. OK?"
January 10, 2010 |
For anyone old enough to have come into pop cultural consciousness in the mid-'80s, Pee-wee Herman casts a long shadow -- albeit, an almost transcendently nerdy shadow, one most often recalled dancing atop a bar to the Champs' jaunty instrumental "Tequila" in his 1985 breakthrough movie "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." The impish man-child with an outsized laugh and an undersized grey suit became an improbable icon, graduating from guest appearances on "Late Night With David Letterman" and cameos in Cheech & Chong movies to his Saturday morning children's show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse."