REISER'S `MAD' THEME SONG GOES INTERPLANETARY : HIM AGAIN.
Paul Reiser's ``totally bewildered and tickled'' over the fact that his ``Mad About You'' theme song has made its way to Mars. The tune was transmitted by NASA scientists this week to ``wake up'' the little Sojourner rover that landed on the red planet aboard the Pathfinder lander.
``At first I didn't understand. ... There's no astronaut, who needs to be awakened?'' Reiser recalls.
Paul, of course, wrote the song, and he says, ``When you're writing a song, you never think, `Boy, this'll sound great on Mars!' The only downside could be if they discovered life on Mars by someone coming around the corner saying, `Turn that down, we're trying to sleep here.' ''
Reiser tells us he can't imagine why his song was chosen for its mission. Lyrics, maybe? ``I don't have an answer. I don't have a clue. Let me hit this button and see what it will do. Those were the original words,'' he claims.
But seriously, he wonders, ``Was it some NASA guy digging the album, saying, `I'll use this because it makes me want to dance?' I'd love to know.''
Well, according to public affairs officer Greg Parrillo at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Pathfinder mission flight director Rob Manning introduced the ``Mad About You'' tune because it was upbeat and offbeat and would be good to ``get the mission team going in the morning, to get things motivated.'' And yes, they liked the lyrics, especially the line that goes: ``Let's take each other's hand as we jump into the final frontier.''
Which leaves one Reiser question unanswered: ``What was the first song played on Earth? ... I think it was something from `Funny Girl.' ''
Comic Andrew Dice Clay, who's trying his luck again as a sitcom star with UPN's coming ``Hitz,'' recalls the time when there was such a backlash to his foul-mouthed, women-hating stand-up material that he was banned from MTV, dumped by 20th Century Fox films and blacklisted by the entertainment business in general.
He notes, ``I had been a complete phenomenon from 1988 to '92 - it was a very overwhelming time for me. I became a pop-culture icon. And when Fox and MTV came down on me, I was almost like a guy coming out of prison as far as anyone wanting to touch me. But, hell, that's what I do - dirty jokes. I was raised watching Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx and Eddie Murphy do them - and I wanted to take that kind of material to new limits. Some people do clean comedy terrifically - Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld are great. But that's not my thing.''
You might recall he tried to make it his thing last season with the short-lived, bland CBS comedy ``Bless This House.'' He doesn't expect to do so again. On ``Hitz,'' he plays someone you love to hate - a position with which he can identify easily.
An Aug. 15 start date has been set for Bruce Willis' ``Armageddon'' - which industry wags already are calling ``Die Hard'' on an ``Asteroid.'' Small wonder. The Disney pic, with Jerry Bruckheimer (``Top Gun'') and Gale Anne Hurd (``Terminator 2'') producing, has a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Luckily, we have Bruce - the world's foremost oil driller in this movie - and his tough-guy drilling crew. They are able, and, more importantly, willing, to be shot out into space, where they'll connect with the asteroid and blow up the sucker before it kills us all.
It's in the genes
Simon Townshend, younger brother of the legendary Pete Townshend, has just closed a record deal with Rising Records for the Simon Townshend Band (STB). The group's label debut, ``Among Us,'' featuring Simon's 18-year-old son, Ben, will be released Sept. 2. Meanwhile, Simon hits the road in a couple of weeks as backing vocalist and lead guitarist with the Who on the much-anticipated ``Quadrophenia'' tour. He also plays the role of the bus driver in the rock opera that kicks off July 19.
Not sitting at home making spaghetti
You might remember that the Mafia got wiped out recently in a CBS miniseries. So what's the network going to do now? ``Bella Mafia,'' another miniseries, this one with the widows of a bunch of slain mob guys vowing blood for blood in what's described as a ``sweeping tale of vengeance.'' What's next? A Saturday morning series about Mafia kids? Just kidding. Celebrated ``Prime Suspect'' creator Linda LaPlante is behind ``Bella Mafia,'' which makes it exciting even before the casting of Sophia, Teresa, Rosa and the rest of their famiglia.
Photo: (1) Paul Reiser
``Mars About You?''
(2) Andrew Dice Clay
Clean isn't his style
(3) Bruce Willis
Connects with asteroid
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jul 10, 1997|
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