Annette Funicello’s mark in classic alternative music history

Written by on April 8, 2013

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While many are mourning the loss of one of America’s sweethearts, Annette Funicello, today. We will fondly remember her for several things: her brave battle with Multiple Sclerosis, repeats of her 60s beach movies with Frankie Avalon and her energetic Skippy peanut butter commercials, the Mickey Mouse Club among them. Still, it was this special duet with Fishbone for her and Avalon’s Back to the Beach Movie, “Jamaica Ska” that will always come to mind whenever I think of her:

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This well-performed duet forever enshrined Funicello, a well-loved actress and singer,  into classic alternative music history  —  and all of music history  —   as part of one of the oddest pairings of performers to record a song together.

Annette Funicello passed away this morning at age 70. We will miss you, but watching this video and hearing you sing will always make us smile. Rest in peace, from us at Revenge of the 80s Radio.

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  1. Tom Degan   On   April 10, 2013 at 5:11 am

    A few minutes ago I viewed a video of Annette Funicello that was taken back in October. I can’t even bring myself to provide a link. She was unrecognizable. Multiple Sclerosis had literally wasted her away.

    I’ve gotta level you, folks; I was never really a huge fan of the “Beach Party” genre of film – anything but. They weren’t even bad enough to make them fun to sit through. And yet in spite of that little personality quirk on my part, I always thought that she was lovely – and that smile one could read in the dead of night by….

    This is getting to be an awkward time for me, at least as far as memories are concerned. The teenaged icons of my early childhood – not terribly far removed from me in terms of age – are beginning to fade into eternity. When I was a little boy they seemed eternally youthful and indestructible. They weren’t of course. They were (and are) as vulnerable as any of us in their grip on that brittle thread that bonds us to this earth. Time keeps flowing like a river into the sea….

    Tom Degan

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