It was the fall of 1999. Y2K forced the world to stock up on canned cow hooves, literally dozens of people were playing Seaman on the recently released Sega Dreamcast, and a young Joe Piscopo wasn’t that young anymore. But most importantly, the pop-rap trio LFO (Ltye Funky Ones) were burning up the Billboard charts with “Girl on TV,” a song written about America’s girl-next-door, Jennifer Love Hewitt.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard, “Shooby-doo-wop and Scooby Snacks/Met a fly girl and I can’t relax.” *Gazes wistfully at SongMeanings.net* And that memory of teenage me having a party of one while looking at a picture of JLH came back when I watched the cast of “Parenthood” perform a lip dub of the song, as put together by Mae “Her?” Whitman’s boyfriend, Landon Pigg. It’s cute and all – Wallace from “The Wire” rapping! Lauren Graham and Peter Krause dancing! – but now my formerly-angelic vision of Jennifer Love Hewitt has been tainted by the sight of Craig T. Nelson gettin’ jiggy wit it. On second thought, the late ‘90s were TERRIBLE.
Please, “Modern Family” cast, don’t attempt “Summer Girls.”