Q: I was recently watching an old episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" with my daughter. The episode was the one in which Squidward is shamed into forming a marching band by his successful childhood rival, Squilliam Fancyson. As the episode reaches its dramatic peak, SpongeBob and the band break into an '80s-style arena rock ballad that sounds familiar. Can you tell me the name of the song and who sings it?
A: The episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" to which you are referring is called “Band Geeks,” and aired during the show’s second season. The song SpongeBob croons at the Bubble Bowl is called “Sweet Victory” and you are right that it evokes the earnest-sounding ballads of such '80s hair metal bands as Poison and the Scorpions. The song was actually sung by musician-actor David Glen Eisley who co-wrote the song with Bob Kulick, the brother of Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. Eisley was born in 1952 in Los Angeles and is the son of the late actor, Anthony Eisley, who starred in the ABC series, "Hawaiian Eye," that ran from 1959-63. In February 1964, however, as was the case for many pre-teenaged boys, the younger Eisley fell under the spell of the Beatles when they made their first appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” He decided that instead of being an actor like his father, he would instead focus on becoming a drummer in a band. He set about doing just that, playing in a string of club bands. However, because he could sing, he taught himself how to play the guitar and keyboards and began writing his own songs so that he could move to the front of the stage. In 1981, he teamed up with Gregg Giuffria and formed the band, Giuffria. Their self-named debut managed to peak at No. 26 on the Billboard album charts. Their second album failed to generate any great enthusiasm. By 1987, the band broke up. Since then, he has done session work, recorded some solo works and has resumed his acting career. Anyone who has watched Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 filmed version of “Romeo and Juliet” would be interested to know that Eisley is married to Olivia Hussey, who starred as Juliet.
Q: Whatever happened to the group of musicians that toured as Fleetwood Mac in the early '70s? Did they ever record as a group?
A: During Fleetwood Mac’s tour of the US in 1973, guitarist Bob Weston was caught having an affair with drummer Mick Fleetwood’s wife. Weston was fired and the tour was cancelled while the band members took time off to recover. Their manager, Clifford Davis, was fed up with the band’s squabbles and indiscretions and decided to create a “new” Fleetwood Mac to finish the tour. Although it only took a few weeks for fans to figure out that this was not the real Fleetwood Mac, the ensuing legal battle took much longer. At issue was the ownership of the name “Fleetwood Mac.” Davis claimed he owned the rights to the name but he eventually lost the legal battle. Three members of the fake Fleetwood Mac later recorded together under the name Stretch. They released four albums from 1975 to 1978 and even managed to have Top 20 UK hit with a song called “Why Did You Do It?” which was inspired by the Fleetwood Mac incident.