"My name's Spenser. I'm a private cop."
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Streaming episodes of Spenser: For Hire Not available on DVD, not airing on any American channel. But available at the preceding link. Spenser! Hawk! Frigging HAWK! Watch it now and thank me later.requires activex plugin for Firefox

If Spenser makes you nostalgic for 80's Boston, watch Dana Hersey drop in at the Rat and grab a slice at the Pizza Pad in a Kenmore Square that no longer exists.
posted by Mayor Curley (33 comments total)

 
Oh, man. I had many a drunken night (on and off stage) at the Rat. I miss that place.
posted by psmealey at 2:25 PM on December 5, 2006


Whither Jake and the Fatman?
posted by gigawhat? at 2:37 PM on December 5, 2006


Sounds like a wicked pisser.
posted by Mister_A at 2:37 PM on December 5, 2006


'Activex plugin' == 'Windows only'
posted by ardgedee at 2:48 PM on December 5, 2006


Never gonna go back to The Rat
Play another Mafia show again
For a man who's had more feet kicked in his face than I can begin to count
And if you see me sitting around
Thinking the same old thoughts over and over again
Or going back to old ways I've long ago abandoned
Please, tell me
Never go back

--CvB

P.S. I loved the Rat, too. I was soundman for a band that played there a coupla times around '86.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:49 PM on December 5, 2006


Hardcore rules, don't be stupid!
posted by kuujjuarapik at 2:53 PM on December 5, 2006


watch Dana Hersey drop in

I love you, Mayor Curley.
posted by rxrfrx at 3:08 PM on December 5, 2006


We're sorry, this feature requires the Mozilla ActiveX Plugin

No way, I'm using Firefox to avoid that shit.
posted by grouse at 3:14 PM on December 5, 2006


AOL Video == viewable in USA only
posted by evilcolonel at 3:30 PM on December 5, 2006


I apologize to the Mac users/non-US people-- I was just excited to find it because there's still no release date for DVDs and nothing available from P2P. But those of us who are fortunate enough to have a PC in the US are watching Hawk beat people up. You can still watch the guy from The Movie Loft eat pizza, though.
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:39 PM on December 5, 2006


Vauguely, I remember wondering if the Spenser television shows were as bad as the Robert B. Parker books - but pairing the Rat and Spenser tv - you's guys ah wicked retahded. Nice, wierd, post.
posted by xod at 3:44 PM on December 5, 2006




Mmm, Spenser. Makes me a little nostalgiac for "Moonlighting" too.

A couple of weeks ago, my 14 year old said, in the context of something totally unrelated, "Bruce Willis in a comedy? Weird!!"

Doesn't know what he's missing. Of course, he's never heard of "Hudson Hawk", either. In that case, what he doesn't know, can't hurt him.
posted by hwestiii at 4:46 PM on December 5, 2006


Urich was the shit back in the day! And damn, I just checked IMDB and Avery Brooks was Hawk, makes sense in retrospect but I never put it together until just now. Great show, great books too!
posted by fenriq at 5:01 PM on December 5, 2006


This must be the Rat of The Queers "I Met Her at the Rat."
posted by lekvar at 5:32 PM on December 5, 2006


OhGODyeah. I miss the fuckin Squayah. Pizza Pad fuckin ROCKED.

I was an extra on Spensah once, they filmed an episode at Brookline High. I got paid 40 dollahs for eight howas of standin around and Urich said hi ta me. Fuckin a right.

Channel 38, fuck. Hadn't thoughta that in yeeahz. Was it that or 56 that showed "Creecha Double Feetcha"?
posted by tristeza at 5:37 PM on December 5, 2006 [1 favorite]


This must be the Rat of The Queers "I Met Her at the Rat."

Indeed it is. We played with The Queers and The Pixies (no shit) at the Rat's "OctoberFresh" party in '86 (I think).
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:47 PM on December 5, 2006


Hardcore rules, don't be stupid!

Look it up in the dictionaraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:47 PM on December 5, 2006


Speaking of The Queers... I Met Her At The Rat
posted by schoolgirl report at 6:07 PM on December 5, 2006


Ahhh.... the Movie Loft. 38 was the only station who had enough balls to show The Deer Hunter uncut.

What ever happened to Dana Hersey, anyway?
posted by bondcliff at 7:25 PM on December 5, 2006


What part of "Dana Hersey drops in at the Rat and grabs a slice at Pizza Pad" doesn't make me cry like a baby??


The only thing that coulda been better is if he had stopped in at Narcissus to pick up a coupla Roslindale girls for the ride home.

*Shakes an angry fist at BU and weeps for the Kenmoron days of yore*
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 8:57 PM on December 5, 2006


tristeza - I believe that double dose of monster movies was on channel 56, IIRC...but 38 did have Willie Whistle, who creeped me out immensely.
posted by horsemuth at 1:58 AM on December 6, 2006


There's an often reproduced photo of R.E.M. playing at the Rat (a "surprise" appearance at a Husker Du show) where you can see me standing in the crowd. Around that time I used to work at Souper Salad in Kenmore Square. I once interviewed Adridan Belew at the Howard Johnson's there. Aimee Mann worked at the Strawberry's record store there. What a time! Alas, that Kenmore Square is long gone. And so am I.
posted by Man-Thing at 4:11 AM on December 6, 2006


The internet is, indeed, a magical thing.
posted by ph00dz at 4:26 AM on December 6, 2006


Aimee Mann worked at the Strawberry's record store there.

I thought she worked at Newbury Comics on Newbury Street?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:35 AM on December 6, 2006


ZMT,

She may have worked at Newbury Comics at some point (and that would have been perceived as infinitely cooler), but I recall seeing her often at Strawberry's. My (un?)coolest record store encounter, through, was seeing Marcia Brady at a store in Westood, CA.
posted by Man-Thing at 4:43 AM on December 6, 2006


The Rat! I can smell it now.
posted by pracowity at 5:02 AM on December 6, 2006


Aimee Mann went to Berklee. A Kenmore sighting of her wasn't such a rare thing in those days.
posted by psmealey at 5:43 AM on December 6, 2006


OMG dude I MET Willie Whistle once when I was like 5.....*shudder*
posted by tristeza at 7:40 AM on December 6, 2006


This must be the Rat of The Queers "I Met Her at the Rat."

Indeed it is. We played with The Queers and The Pixies (no shit) at the Rat's "OctoberFresh" party in '86 (I think).


I saw the Queers many years later ('96 or so), when I was in college, at the Rat. Naturally they played "I Met Her at the Rat." A buddy of mine who was a friend of Joe jumped on stage and guested on the vocals. Good times. I miss the old Kenmore Square. The Rat and afterward, Guinness float and sweet potato fries at DeliHaus. MMMMM.... DeliHaus.
posted by LilBucner at 10:51 AM on December 6, 2006


I saw more fantastic movies thanks to Dana Hersey and the Movie Loft than I saw in 4 years of Film School.

Mmmm... Delihaus... That was some good stuff.

Just about the only good thing about the new Kenmore Square is that that fucking IHOP is gone, terrible service and terrible food... Other than that, it's pretty sad what's happened.
posted by davros42 at 2:29 PM on December 6, 2006


Oh My God The Rat! Oh My God Dana Hersey! Oh My God Pizza Pad!
posted by jessamyn at 4:49 PM on December 6, 2006


Heh that's cool. Anyone remember a short-lived comedy named Spencer? The star later became famous as the crying husband of Hilary Swank. Poor guy. Anyone remember James at 15? Ah nostalgia.
posted by GilbertZ at 10:16 PM on December 6, 2006


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