It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of YouTube.
In addition to being one of the best-written kids shows of the 1990s, Pete And Pete also has the distinction of being one of the coolest. It had style, good music, and a number of cameos from actors, comedians, and musicians that most kids watching the show wouldn’t even necessarily recognize. It’s only now, looking back, that we can appreciate all the familiar faces that populated the streets of Wellsville.
Some cameos—like Chris Elliot as the future-predicting meter man, or Steve Buscemi as Ellen’s algebra-obsessed dad—are more memorable, not only because the characters are so bizarre but because the actors who played them were already known quantities at the time. On the other hand, the brief appearance by Patty Hearst (the first clip in the above video) is seemingly only for the benefit of the show’s creators. The same could be said for the myriad musicians who appeared on the show, many of which came from ‘90s indie rock scene. Most likely, they weren’t hired for their acting abilities, but more because one writer said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Luscious Jackson or Gordon Gano was in our show?” Yes, it would be and it was.
Of course, there is an egregious omission from the above montage, and that is R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s award-worthy performance as Captain Scrummy, the down-on-his-luck ice cream man who assesses Big Pete as “a bonafide Sludgesicle man.” Please enjoy that below.