This posting is not to rail on about the hilarity of this female duo…no, instead it was to use their name for my true purpose.
This twosome picked their name in a tip of the Hat Of Irony because Art Garfunkel and John Oates are considered (and perception is reality) to be the lesser halves, or second banana, of their more famous duos (Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates).
Being the second banana usually makes one a punch line. There was a time (long long ago) when Kenny Loggins was on Late Night With David Letterman and Letterman, after welcoming Loggins to the set said, “Hey, by the way, have you met our head electrician, Jim Messina.” The joke here, of course, is that there once was a duo called Loggins & Messina and while Loggins went on to stardom as a solo artist (i.e., “Highway to the Danger Zone” from the movie Top Gun), Messina faded.
All of the above was prelude to a commercial I heard on the radio that showed just how far the second banana can fall.
One of my all-time favorite TV shows growing up was Bosom Buddies starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari as New Yorkers who dress up as women in an attempt to live in an all-female apartment building. Hilarity ensues.
Tom Hanks sprang from that cross-dressing TV show to be in comedy movies such as Splash and Bachelor Party. Hanks then parlayed that success into more dramatic roles and has won two Academy Awards for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He is a producer, writer, and director and is considered Hollywood royalty.
Peter Scolari is another story. He has continued to thrive in the world of acting, but nowhere near Hanks’s level. Scolari had success with Newhart and a run in the TV version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Past that…I can’t think of anything without the help of Google and IMDB.
I have enjoyed Scolari’s work and I am glad he continues to support himself as an actor and director.
However, it absolutely killed me to hear his voice on the radio plugging away for the Boston Group targetting men with erectile dysfunction. I wish him better than that…but I’m sure it pays the bills.
I probably feel the same as men of a certain age did when Senator Bob Dole did ads for Viagra.