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REISER'S `MAD' THEME SONG GOES INTERPLANETARY : HIM AGAIN.



Byline: Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith

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 NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NASA
 in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Independent U.S.
 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 Scientists have long speculated about the possibility of life on Mars owing to the planet's proximity and similarity to Earth. It remains an open question whether life exists on Mars now, or existed there in the past.  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 according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 public affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information.  officer Greg Parrillo at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory “JPL” redirects here. For other uses, see JPL (disambiguation).

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a NASA research center located in the cities of Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge, near Los Angeles, California, USA.
 in Pasadena, Pathfinder mission flight director Rob Manning introduced the ``Mad About You'' tune because it was upbeat and offbeat off·beat  
n. Music
An unaccented beat in a measure.

adj. Slang
Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional: offbeat humor.
 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 stand·up or stand-up  
adj.
1. Standing erect; upright: a standup collar.

2. Taken, done, or used while standing: a standup supper; a standup bar.
 material that he was banned from MTV MTV
 in full Music Television

U.S. cable television network, established in 1980 to present videos of musicians and singers performing new rock music. MTV won a wide following among rock-music fans worldwide and greatly affected the popular-music business.
, 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 Redd Foxx (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), born John Elroy Sanford,<ref name="walkoffame" /> was an American comedian best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Sanford and Son.  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 (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast.  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.

Howdy boys

An Aug. 15 start date has been set for Bruce Willis' ``Armageddon'' - which industry wags already are calling ``Die Hard'' on an ``Asteroid asteroid, planetoid, or minor planet, small body orbiting the sun. More than 10,000 asteroids have orbits sufficiently well known to have been cataloged and named; thousands more exist. .'' 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 See set-top box.

STB - set-top box
). 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.

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