06 February 2015

Mama Can't Buy You Love: Part Three

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Sabrina + The New Archies
Mama Can't Buy You Love
Cartoons + Castanets presents yet another
bawdy cartoon burlesque featuring
fan art images based on
Archie Comics Characters
starring
Sabrina the Sorceress
Salem the Cat     Nero the Dog
Sir Ambrose Nixon
The Abominable Miss Fang
Lyle Jason Blossom
presenting
The New Archies:
Donna Dante . . . vocals, bass
Mal Hypster . . . vocals, drums, percussion
Toby Maxx . . . saxophone
Rikki Ninja . . . vocals, keyboards
Ramsay Khalid Sharma . . . rhythm guitar
Lana Suzuki . . . lead guitar
members of the original Archies
and introducing
Carmen Serna
The Wicked Witch Of New Jersey
with cameo appearances by celebrities including
Trace Adkins, Justin Bieber, Anderson Cooper, Ron Dante,
Bruce Frey (Professor Bubblegum), Drake Jensen,
Angelo Restivo and "Flo"
in adorable cartoon form
Burlesque written, directed and staged by
Donny Hampton Jacobs
for The Pop Culture Cantina

The story so far . . . in the year 2037, with the blessings of Veronica and Archie Andrews, producer Bree Spellman (formerly Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) auditions and creates The New Archies. This Rock group will carry on the legacy of The Archies, who retired in 2032. The members are guitarist/lead singer Garcy Briseño; bassist/lead singer Donna Dante (Dee Dee); percussionist/lead singer Mal Hypster (Chi); keyboard player Rikki Ninja; sax player Toby Maxx (Toto); and drummer Frankie Fujiyama (Fuji). Rejected for membership is Carmen Serna, a vengeful singing witch! She bedevils The New Archies with sorcery but is unable to prevent their becoming successful. Carmen marries up Fuji in 2040 and convinces him to quit the band. The following year, Donna Dante leaves, and the year after that, Garcy goes solo. Battered by these defections, the group disbands! However, Bree's cousin, Sir Ambrose Nixon, promises her that The New Archies saga is not done yet . . .

Part Three:
Who Is Donna Dante?
The Year 2043
Garcy Briseño’s solo career takes off like a rocket; her self-titled debut album of Tejano-tinged love ballads tops the Pop charts! Critics christen her “The Latina Streisand”. She celebrates her triumph by proposing marriage to Mal Hypster's older sister.  "Cassidy runs a successful business, so I won't have to worry about you living in poverty," Dilton Doiley Briseño jokes when his daughter breaks the happy news. Wary of media intrusion, Cass and Garcy exchange vows in a private ceremony; attendance is limited to family members.  Frankie Fujiyama stars as a Hawaiian detective in Sammy Dead, an action/adventure film that’s a box office smash; he signs to appear in two sequels. Despite the warnings of his younger sister, fading Country music star LaDiva Garland, Chi turns his back on a promising modeling career to try his luck in Nashville. Dude signs a singles deal with the Starday label. Meanwhile, Rikki Ninja and Chi’s lover Toby Maxx are well on their way to becoming one of the most in-demand production teams working with neo-Hip Hop acts.

Donna Dante forms Donna + The Motherf*ckers with an old friend, guitarist Lana Switchblade, and drummer Penny Abortion. They cause a sensation by offering to beat up male members of the audience after every performance! Lana’s karate training makes this possible; nobody gets hurt, and the gimmick makes them one of the most popular Punk acts around. The trio become fixtures at Atlantic City’s notorious Loose Stool nightclub. During a particularly violent set, Lana’s mind wanders: She recalls how she met Dee Dee as a teenager and learned about her sad past life . . .

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It was in the year 2035 that a dynamic new performer took Boston's Rock clubs by storm. Lana caught her act at the Rat's Ass over on Landsdowne Street! The diminutive Southern belle with flowing strawberry blonde hair was one of the most exciting attractions that club ever booked. Later, when Lana and the band she was then gigging with also appeared at the RA, the British immigrant met Donna Dante and befriended her. Though somewhat vague about her background, Dee Dee said she hailed from the Mississippi Delta region. “That’s why I’ve got an authentic Blues sound to my voice,” she explained. “I grew up on that music.”

At first, she claimed not to know much about her parents. She did know that the mother who abandoned her was from Nigeria. Later on, Dee Dee confided that her father was a rich man who refused to acknowledge her. “I hate him!” she fumed. “So much so that I won't even speak his name.” She spent her childhood in foster care, and from her lurid descriptions, Lana gathered that she was a victim of abuse: “At fourteen, I just said ‘f*ck this sh*t,’ and I ran away from home!”

Dee Dee admitted to having lived on the streets for awhile, surviving with the help of an occasional Good Samaritan and countless temp jobs. Over the course of four years, the feisty beauty made her way up to New England. “I pride myself on having steered clear of drugs, and I never sold my body for money! I did work as an underage stripper for awhile, and it sucked big-time! Horny bastards slobbering at you every night . . . yipe!  But I made good use of what I learned.”

At that time, Donna Dante was known for incorporating pole dance routines into her performances! She never needed striptease to captivate a crowd, though. “I was really flattered when people started comparing me to Tina Turner and Donna Summer,” she recalled. “But my inspiration was The Archies!  A friend introduced me to their music when I first came to Boston. I got hooked on them right away!” Often, Dee Dee sang Archies numbers on stage: “I’m In Love”, “Love Light” and “Hide And Seek” were always big crowd-pleasers. Nobody was surprised when she decided to audition for The New Archies in 2037, when producer Bree Spellman put out a cattle call.

2044
Toby Maxx buys an abandoned firehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts and begins converting it into a home for himself.  A devotée of the Googie architecture style, Toto plans a space-age interior that will resemble cartoon character George Jetson's Skypad apartment!  The house will also contain a state-of-the-art recording studio for he and Rikki Ninja to work from. Garcy Briseño releases a second million-selling album of ballads! Mal Hypster releases his début Country single, a self-penned tune called "Numb Nuts". “It’s autobiographical,” he informs nervous Starday executives after they hear the record. “There's never before been a Country song with such frank lyrics about Gay sex!  And just wait ‘til you see the music video I’ve planned: Cutting edge, for sure!” Much to Chi’s annoyance, Starday rejects his bold concept and commissions a much tamer video. They also censor the lyrics of his groundbreaking honky-tonk number: “Country fans won't two-step to a song about cornholing!” Despite their cautionary measures, “Numb Nuts” still meets resistance from Country radio, and fizzles out on the charts.

Donna + The Motherf*ckers becomes a royal pain in the ass to its founder, Donna Dante! Group relations become fractious. Penny Abortion wants to lead the group and constantly tries to upstage her; they bicker constantly! “Our music isn’t authentically Punk,” Penny gripes. “You can f*cking hum the songs! Why do we even need singing, anyhow? We should just scream the words.” Dee Dee replies by screaming some rather rude words at Penny! Caught in the middle, Lana Switchblade finds herself playing peacemaker: “It’s the blokes in the audience we’re supposed to be fighting with, not one another! Whatever happened to sisterhood?” She hates the bickering and considers leaving the band; but loyalty to Dee Dee makes her stay put.

In the midst of this turmoil, the band records and releases Runaway Love, an album tribute to Del Shannon; Lana Switchblade produces, and Shelly Suzuki, Lana’s ex-radio DJ mother, engineers the recording. Predictably, Penny Abortion rants about the choice of material: “The Sex Pistols! Iggy and The Stooges! New York Dolls! The Clash! Those are my idols. Del-f*cking-Shannon?  What’s up with this sellout, ‘60s Pop/Rock bullsh*t?” Dee Dee and Lana argue that Punk bands can interpret any genre of music they want to, but Penny is adamant: “This album sucks!”

Rock critics disagree: Runaway Love gets rave reviews! “Stand Up”, the trio’s remake of an obscure Shannon rocker, gets some scattered airplay, too.  However, it’s not nearly enough for the album track to chart. Needing a distraction from group politics, Dee Dee begins taking small roles in independent films. “You’re a natural in front of the camera, sugar,” a small-time casting director assures her. “Thank you so much for saying so,” she grins. “Now, take your hand off my thigh or I’ll f*cking put you in the hospital!”

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Carmen Serna’s latest hit record is “Hurtin’ You Turns Me On!” Babe has become one of the top Dance Divas of the early 2040s, with half-a-dozen best-selling records and even a Grammy nomination; but as her singing career soars, her married life crashes and burns! Separated from husband Frankie Fujiyama (again starring on screen as hard-boiled Hawaiian detective Sammy Kalani), Carmen skanks around shamelessly!  Inside the entertainment world, she earns a reputation as the Blowjob Queen of New Jersey!

During this period, she lures horny male celebrities to her home to sample her "Deep Throat Delight". Some of them are never seen or heard from again! A case in point: Aging former teen idol Justin Bieber. Justin can barely contain himself as he presses the doorbell to Carmen's house in Jersey City. He's been wanting to date her up for months, and tonight's the night! True, he's an old man now, and she's thirty years younger than him, but it’s all good. Dude always did like 'em young!

Carmen answers the door in a sexy see-through pants suit. "Come in, Justin", she purrs in a voice that calls to mind comedienne Joan Rivers. "Have yourself a seat on my couch. It's very comfortable." She sits down next to him, and the 77-year-old horndog pulls her toward him for a deep French kiss. “I’ve got just what you want, b*tch,” he slobbers. “Maximum flavor! I haven’t cleaned this foreskin of mine for weeks. I’ve been saving up all my stank for you, baby.  Lick your lips!” Carmen hears the sound of his pants unzipping!

"Oh, Justin!" she giggles. "Not yet. Right now, it's time for a little snack." "Some of your delicious kosher Mexican cooking?", he asks. "I've heard about what a bitchin' cook you are." "Oh, honey, no!" she replies. “I'm not cooking tonight. YOU are the snack!" From behind the couch, Justin Bieber hears a bone-chilling, guttural growl! Alarmed, he turns just in time to see The Abominable Miss Fang, Carmen's Hound from Hell, leap for his jugular vein.

The ravenously hungry, man-eating Rottweiler snaps his head off with a single bite! “Remember to chew your food!” Carmen Serna scolds. After clearing away the gory mess with her witchcraft powers, she pats her evil pet on the head. "Was it good for you, honey? Yes? Now that you've eaten, let me go upstairs and get ready for my date with Kanye West later tonight. And if you’re still hungry . . . "

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Little Town Flirt (McKenzie, Shannon)
Show Me (Del Shannon)
I Don’t Care Anymore (Del Shannon)
So Long, Baby! (Del Shannon)
For A Little While (Del Shannon)
That’s The Way Love Is (Del Shannon)
Stranger In Town (Del Shannon)
He Was Mine (Nievelt, Shannon)
What Makes You Run? (Del Shannon)
Broken Promises (Del Shannon)
Stand Up! (Del Shannon)
Runaway (Crook, Shannon)
And The Music Plays On (Bourgoise, Shannon)
The Soul of Del Shannon
Runaway Love
Donna + The Motherf*ckers
A Mama Shelly Production
Music Supervision: Donna Dante
Produced by Lana Switchblade
Sound Engineer: Shelly Suzuki
Recorded @ Black Orchid Studios, Atlantic City

2045
Despite a guest vocal by his famous sister, LaDiva Garland, Mal Hypster's second Country single, "Hog Maws, Chit'lins and Daisy Mae" fails to chart; music critics will later declare it the worst Country record of the decade! “As if I wanted to cut that embarrassing piece of sh*t!” Chi fumes. “Hog Maws? Chit’lins? I’m a kosher Jew!” Lyle Jason Blossom, The New Archies’ manager, collapses in his office at Cabot Artist Management. Tests reveal that he has a rare cancer; only a bone marrow transplant from a close relative can save him. Lyle’s mother, Bridget Reilly, and his Aunt Cheryl have passed on; his only surviving relatives are bastard children of his late billionaire father, Jason Blossom! Most would prefer to see him die so they can lay claim to his inheritance! However, there’s a surprising exception.

One day, commotion breaks out in the waiting room of Beth Israel Hospital when a famous singer walks in the door. Babe isn't sporting the star pasties that have become her on-stage trademark, but there's no mistaking that wavy blonde hair, those ice-blue eyes and her creamy chocolate-colored skin. It's Donna Dante! One of the receptionists, a huge fan, falls into a dead faint at the sight of her! "Isn't Lyle Jason Blossom being treated here?" Dee Dee asks the other receptionist. "I want to be tested as a possible bone marrow donor for him." A nurse is summoned. "Are you a relative of Mr. Blossom, ma'am?" she asks. "I may be," she answers. "I think he and I may have had the same father!"

A news reporter who happens to be standing nearby overhears and starts speed-texting frantically on his videophone. In less than an hour, his sensational news is all over the Twitter tabloids: Billionaire Bastard Child Comes to Blossom Heir's Rescue! Dee Dee is mortified, but she's made up her mind: If she can possibly save Lyle’s life, she's going to do it. Soon, tests will reveal if she is a bone marrow match for him . . . and if Donna Dante really is the illegitimate daughter of Jason Blossom!

Two days later, the leader of Donna + The Motherf*ckers sits by the bedside of a gravely-ill LJB. Also in the room is Rikki Ninja, her ex-boyfriend and former bandmate in The New Archies. Dee Dee is revealing her background to them for the first time. "When I was a little girl, everybody said I was Jason Blossom's daughter," she explains. "I didn't want to believe it, and frankly, I had almost put those painful memories out of my mind. Then you became The New Archies' manager! I have to confess, one of the reasons I quit the group was because being around you made me so uncomfortable."

"If only you had confided in me," Lyle says. "It’s no secret what a total horndog my dad was! He had a lot of mistresses, and left lot of kids behind. It would be stupid of me to resent any of them; I mean, you can't help who your father was! I don't even resent the ones we know about who refuse to be tested as a marrow donor. But I've always liked you, Dee Dee. I'm not surprised you'd offer to be my donor, because that's the kind of person you are. I wish you really were my sister." "I'm so sorry I wasn't a match for you," she sobs. "I finally found out that I'm not Jason Blossom's daughter; but I wish it hadn't been like this!"

Suddenly, the hospital room door opens, and Dr. Maya Andrews bursts in. (Maya is the daughter of Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge.) "I have exciting news, Lyle! A potential donor came in last night and offered her bone marrow. She claims to be your half-sister, and she probably is! She is a MATCH! We're going to schedule surgery in two days." The room erupts in cheers, until LJB interrupts. "Who is she? I want to meet her. I want to thank her!" "She hoped you would," beams Dr. Andrews. "She and her husband are waiting outside."

"FUJI!" blurts Ninja as Frankie Fujiyama, The New Archies' former drummer, walks into the room. "You're the donor's husband? Then . . . she can only be one person!" Donna Dante hisses loudly as the donor enters Lyle's hospital room. Her eyes brim with angry tears as she once again lays eyes on the woman she hates most in the world . . . the woman who stole Frankie away from her! Carmen Serna!!!  Ignoring Dee Dee's negative reaction to her presence, Fuji's wife addresses herself to Lyle. "Hey there, big brother," she purrs. "I thought it was about time we met."

That same week, Carmen does provide the life-saving marrow. It turns out that her mother, an exotic dancer named Flame Evangelista, had an affair with Jason Blossom 25 years ago!  However, Lyle Jason Blossom will pay a huge price for her seemingly selfless generosity. Shortly after the transplant, the Wicked Witch of New Jersey performs a voodoo ceremony in her Jersey City sanctum. She momentarily switches her soul into his body, and vice-versa; their shared bone marrow is what ensures the success of this extremely difficult spell!  Carmen’s black magic isn’t powerful enough to effect a permanent soul transfer, but that’s not her intention. La Serna only needs a split-second to create a physical and psychic bond that puts her half-brother’s subconscious mind under her control. Dude is essentially her slave from now on!

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2046
Producer Bree Spellman contacts the members of The New Archies. She wants to compile a double-length album of the recordings they made together. Everyone is game, and all but Garcy Briseño agree to record new tracks for the compilation. The tunes chosen are "Treat Her Like A Lady", a showcase for Rikki Ninja's Soul stylings; "All Right Now" and "The Time In-Between", with Mal Hypster channeling David Lee Roth and João Gilberto, respectively; and "Wiggle On Out", a vintage Jack Scott Rockabilly number that Sabrina declares is "perfect" for Dee Dee's voice. Dee Dee agrees!

The latter two songs will be pressed up and released as the group’s first new single in five years. On Donna Dante’s recommendation, Bree hires Lana Switchblade to play guitar at the sessions. During this same time, Toby Maxx moves into his Mad Groovy Pad, hires office staff and opens up his recording studio for business; Toto's lover, Mal Hypster, moves in, too.  Chi decides to leave Nashville after his third Country single, "Red-Hot Kisses In A Cold Truck Bed" flops big-time! Starday Records promptly drops the frustrated wannabe hillbilly star from their artist roster.

By the mid-2040s, Carmen Serna’s music career has tapered off; her last single, "Arabian T*tty Torture", is all but ignored!  The fickle dance club crowd has moved on, having outgrown its obsession with her BDSM-oriented Disco fare. Frankie Fujiyama has returned to his estranged wife, but he doesn't stay for long: Dude leaves her again when he suspects her of manipulating Lyle Jason Blossom with witchcraft! “Don’t go spreading silly rumors about me, Frankie,” she warns as he storms out the door. “Miss Fang wouldn’t like that. Would you, baby?” The bloodthirsty Rottweiler from Hell bays like a werewolf, sending chills down his spine!

Fuji keeps his suspicions to himself, but that doesn’t stop the rumors. Everyone who knows Lyle Jason Blossom is shocked when, after he’s finally declared sole heir of his late father’s long-contested estate, he appoints his half-sister as estate administrator! Carmen takes control of billions of Blossom dollars, leaving Lyle with what amounts to a modest allowance. Growling in his throat, Nero the Dog tells Sabrina: “Bree, baby, I smell a rat!” “Me, too,” sniffs Salem the Cat, swishing his long tail. “I don’t think he trusts that sneaky b*tch any more than I do!  What gives?” Busy writing a complex string arrangement for a film score, Bree dismisses them both with a wave of her hand. “You two are always suspecting the worst!” she scolds. “Obviously, Lyle is grateful to Carmen for saving his life. He’s free, Bisexual and over twenty-one! Dude can manage his own money any way he chooses.”

For some time now, Sabrina has known Donna Dante's true parentage.  She also knows that Dee Dee's father is still alive.  Sensing that he only has a few months left to live, Bree casts a spell on this famous man.  She makes him dream about the past!  As the Las Vegas headliner sleeps, the following story plays out in his mind in scenes as vivid as if he were watching HDTV . . . Jason Blossom’s personal assistant Tressa Luongo is never sure whether she loves Jason or not. At times, particularly when they make love, she feels there is no other man for her. At other times, and this is most of the time, Tressa is repulsed by his atrocious manners, his amoral business practices, his bottomless pit of greed, and his cruel treatment of rivals and underlings, herself included! She knows he is sleeping with other women (including, of course, his wife Bridget Reilly) and she’s powerless to stop it. “But what’s good for the fat horny toad is good for the delicate lily pad, too!” she laughs to herself. Tressa decides to find a paramour of her own!

She never expects to find her dreamboat in a Las Vegas showroom, but that's where he is every weekend. By the year 2018, Ron Dante has become the hottest act in Las Vegas; they call him the new Wayne Newton! Tickets to see his show are hard to come by, but Tressa uses Jason Blossom’s name to get one. As she enjoys Ron’s performance from a front row seat, their eyes meet. Sparks fly! Comes an invitation to meet the star backstage after the show. “I’m not one of these singers who pulls girls out of the audience,” Mr. D assures her, ”but I really would love to take you out to dinner. Are you free?” Tressa isn´t free, of course. Jason Blossom would throw a fit if he knew! But she and Ron Dante do go out to dinner once. Then twice. Three, four times. The famous singer is intoxicated by the vivacious Nigerian beauty, and the feeling is definitely mutual! (Seductive saxophone music drifts through Ron Dante’s mind.)

On their final date, they share a hot tub in his penthouse. The sight of Tressa’s voluptuous nude body almost drives Mr. D crazy, but dude manages to keep his cool! After an hour, he sighs: “It’s getting late. We’d better put our clothes on and go.” “We’ll go,” Tressa smiles, “but we really don’t have to put our clothes on yet. Do we?” Rising from the bubbling water, she saucily shakes her ripe breasts at him. Then she leans over and lays the dynamite kiss on Ron that he's been craving ever since he first laid eyes on her! Minutes later, they´re rolling on satin sheets, bodies pressed together, making passionate love. (The sleeping Ron Dante seems to hear the rustling of sheets, passionate sighs, and the soft creaking of a mattress.)

He is in love with Tressa Luongo, and she loves him, too; but she knows she can never break away from Jason Blossom. Jason considers her his property, and would surely use his power and influence to crush Ron Dante if they became a couple! The knowledge that she must break off their affair brings tears to her eyes. “Don´t you understand? We can’t be together,” she sobs, “but we’ll always have tonight!” Mr. D isn’t one to give up easily!  Over the next few weeks, there are flowers, expensive presents and many phone calls to Tressa. It’s sheer agony for her to keep him at arm’s length but she does, and he eventually gives up trying to contact her. Unfortunately, his attempts last long enough for Jason Blossom to get wind of them!

“You little slut!” he bellows, slapping Tressa so hard she falls back across his desk. Grabbing an envelope opener, she lunges at him with murder in her eyes; but he is too strong for her! “You’re fired!” he snarls as she lies crumpled on the floor, sobbing. “And I’ll make sure you never work at a corporation again!” (Droning Heavy Metal guitar chords fill Mr. D’s subconscious mind.) Tressa moves to Biloxi, Mississippi to live with friends; she has no family in the USA. After months of unemployment, she lands a low-paying waitress job. She loses it because of severe morning sickness; she is pregnant! Her child is born in early April of 2019.

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Tressa has no idea if the baby is Jason’s or Ron’s, but it suits her purposes to name the little tow-haired girl Blossom. She might have gotten away with doing that, but there’s no way Jason Blossom will tolerate her exposing the criminal enterprises of his company, Republic International! The day she gives a news conference to publicize her forthcoming tell-all memoir, he dials a secret number on his office phone. That night, she disappears! The manuscript of her memoir disappears, too; neither it nor Tressa Luongo will ever be seen again. Jason Blossom knows what happens to her; three Mafia hit men also know, and so do a school of sharks swimming off Cape Cod: That pretty Nigerian woman will be the tastiest dinner they’ll ever have! (The sound of bubbles fills Ron Dante’s strange dream.)

Jason Blossom refuses to claim Tressa’s daughter, and poor Blossom Luongo falls down the black hole that is Mississippi’s foster care system. At age 14, she will run away and eventually find her way to Boston. Developing her inborn musical talent, she becomes the toast of the Boston Rock club circuit: Blossom Luongo disappears forever the first time Donna Dante takes the stage! Little does she know that the name “Dante” is actually her birthright . . . awakening from his dream with a troubled mind, Ron Dante decides to research the life story of The New Archies' bass guitarist. Before long, there’s no doubt in his mind that he is her real father!

Mr. D reaches out to her, offering to pay for a DNA test, but Dee Dee is ambivalent; her life before coming to Boston is a painful memory she wants to distance herself from. One evening, she retrieves an old knapsack from her hall closet. Opening it, she pulls out a handful of items that had belonged to her birth mother; the only things left that connect her to Tressa Luongo!  Among these souvenirs is a wrinkled, signed publicity photo of a Pop singer her mom had apparently liked a lot. The signature reads: Someday, Ron Dante.

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Wiggle On Out/The Time In-Between
(Jack Scott)/(Aber, Brown, Jones)
The New Archies featuring Donna Dante/
The New Archies featuring Mal Hypster
Produced by Bree Spellman
#12 Pop/#38 Pop

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Mama Can’t Buy You Love (Bell, James)
from the film Horndog Millionaire
Eli’s Comin’ (Laura Nyro)
Sooner Or Later (Price, Walsh)
I Got It Bad For You (Levine, Martine)*
All Right Now (Fraser, Rodgers)
Love Is All Around (Sonny Curtis)*
from the film Mary!

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Never Been To Spain (Hoyt Axton)
Nowhere To Run (Holland, Dozier)
Heart And Soul (Byrne, Howell)
I’ll Have To Let Him Go (Mickey Stevenson)
Come On And Say It! (Warren Entner)
Wiggle On Out (Jack Scott)

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Along Comes Mary (Tandy Almer)*
Midnight Confessions (Lou Josie)
Temptation Eyes (Price, Walsh)
Sharp-Dressed Man (ZZ Top)*
Treat Her Like A Lady (Eddie Cornelius)
Jacksonville Station (Levine, Martine)*

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Can’t Break The Habit (Holland, Dozier)
Shambala (Daniel Moore)
Running In And Out (Brown, Gordy)
Amazing (Ciccone, Mirwaïs)*
Sausalito (Graham Gouldman)*
Lady Jane (James, King)
Double Scoop
The Best Of The New Archies
A Witch Queen Production
A Tarnation Falls Mix
Music Supervision: Salem Saberhagen
Produced by Bree Spellman
*Produced by Nero
Additional Production and Remix by
Tara Nation Faws
Sound Engineers:
Yvonne Remy and Ronnie Shelby
Recorded @ Witch Queen Studios, Boston,
and Abbey Road Studios, London
#5 Catalog Albums/#13 Top Albums

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2047
Sabrina’s New Archies compilation, Double Scoop, sells Double Platinum! The DVD single “Wiggle On Out” is also a best-seller. After the members complete a round of successful promotional appearances, Bree urges the band to regroup. Donna Dante agrees as long as she can keep taking movie roles. Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx agree if they can take over the group’s production (busier than ever with movie soundtrack work, Bree readily steps aside). Mal Hypster, disillusioned by his aborted attempts to launch a Country music career, is more than ready to return! However, Garcy Briseño declines, and understandably so: She’s topping the charts as a solo artist! “I'll always love The New Archies, but I’m not the kind of artist who retraces her steps,” she tells brother-in-law Chi. “I wish you all good luck. You’ll need it, too: Without my voice in the lead, the odds are stacked against you!” Laughing up his sleeve, he sighs forlornly. “Oh . . . I guess we’ll manage somehow!”

Weary of creative clashes with drummer Penny Abortion, Dee Dee disbands her Punk Rock trio, announces her return to The New Archies, and urges Lana Switchblade to audition for Garcy’s lead guitar spot. As it turns out, no audition is necessary: Chi, Toto and Ninja were all blown away by her versatility and virtuosity at the Double Scoop sessions! In addition to playing guitar, Lana will also become the band’s music director; she drops the Switchblade moniker in favor of her mother’s surname. (Lana's full name is Svetlana Tamiko Presnyetjekova!)  Dee Dee, Ninja and Chi will now be the three lead singers. Toby Maxx’s Mad Groovy Pad will now be The New Archies’ recording base.

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One afternoon, a famous visitor calls there. The group is rehearsing material for a proposed album tribute to Petula Clark. Toby Maxx's receptionist bursts into the rehearsal studio panting with excitement: “Would you believe it? Ron Dante, right here in Cambridge!” Dee Dee doesn't have to guess why he's asking for her; a cold feeling of dread fills her chest! “I don’t think I want to see him,” she says. Babe is busy working out a riff on her bass, and doesn’t even look up.

Rikki Ninja knows why Mr. D has come; his ex-girlfriend confided in him when the Las Vegas legend first contacted her. Taking Dee Dee aside, he urges: “You’ve got to at least say hello to him, baby! Even if he isn’t your real dad, he can tell you things about your mom. You’ve always been curious about her, haven’t you? And if you are his daughter, having the King of Las Vegas as your father ain’t too shabby! Isn’t it worth your time to sit down and just have a cup of coffee with the dude?”

Reluctantly, she allows herself to be convinced, but insists that her bandmates stay in the room. Visibly trembling, she no longer feels like Donna Dante, Rock star; once again, she’s a frightened little girl named Blossom Luongo! “Show him into the rehearsal studio,” Toto urges his office assistant. Leaning heavily on a walking cane, Ron Dante enters the room. The minute he sees his long-lost daughter, dude cannot restrain himself!

He cries out: “It’s true! The family resemblance is unmistakable. You are mine! Bambina mia! Let Papa take you in his arms!” When she finally lifts her eyes and sees his kind face, much older but still recognizable from the photo her mother treasured, Dee Dee feels just as sure.  Tears fill her eyes!  She gasps: “Yes . . . yes!” An emotional hug between father and daughter turns into a huddle when Mr. D motions for Mal Hypster, Rikki Ninja, Toby Maxx and Lana Suzuki to join the embrace. There is no more rehearsal that day!

Republic 47-324
The Sound Of Love/Nothin’ Much Matters, Baby
(Tony Hatch)
The New Archies featuring Donna Dante/
The New Archies featuring Mal Hypster
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
#91 Pop

Republic USA 2-4732
This Is My Song (Charlie Chaplin)*
Where Am I Going? (Petula Clark)**
Hold On To What You’ve Got (Clark, Delanoé, Hatch)***
I’ve Got Love Going For Me (Petula Clark)*
Color My World (Hatch, Trent)***
Round Every Corner (Tony Hatch)***
Don’t Sleep In The Subway (Hatch, Trent)*
Look At Mine (Hatch, Trent)***
Don’t Give Up! (Hatch, Trent)***
Las Vegas (Clark, Delanoé, Hatch, Majenta)*
A Sign Of The Times (Tony Hatch)***
Gotta Tell The World (Clark, Delanoé, Hatch)**
Heart (Aber, Clark, Hatch)**
The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener (Hatch, Trent)**
I Know A Place (Tony Hatch)***
My Love (Tony Hatch)**
I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love (Hatch, Trent)*
You’re The One (Aber, Clark, Hatch)**
Just Say Goodbye (Clark, Delanoé, Hatch)*
Downtown (Tony Hatch)***
Songs In The Key Of Petula Clark
Petulance
The New Archies
*Lead Vocals by Rikki Ninja
**Lead Vocals by Donna Dante
***Lead Vocals by Mal Hypster
Music Supervision: Lyle Jason Blossom
Production Consultant: Nero
A Toto + Ninja Production
Arranged by The New Archies
Conducted by Lana Suzuki
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
Recorded @ The Mad Groovy Pad, Cambridge
Sound Engineer: Mama Shelly
#81 Top Albums

2048
Toby Maxx’s futuristic complex becomes headquarters for The New Archies; all but Donna Dante take up partial residence there.  The group acquires a luxury tour bus, a quintet of customized motorcycles (Rikki Ninja christens them "Groove-A-Cycles"), a private helicopter, and a grizzled pilot and driver nicknamed Hornytoad! The Gay army vet teases Chi and Toto: “Next time you go out on tour, dudes, save some groupies for me!” Shelly Suzuki charms Toto into hiring her as his chief recording engineer; however, she is well-qualified for the job. At his invitation, she and her daughter move into his Mad Groovy Pad. He makes them feel like family, and Lana Suzuki comes to love him like a brother. All the same, she despises the pet name he gives her: Susu! “Ugh! How naff can you get?” she complains privately.

Mama Shelly quickly becomes a mother figure to Toto and the rest of The New Archies. She cooks them delicious Asian meals, mends their stage costumes, cleans up around the house, and brings a bawdy sense of humor to their recording sessions. Cracking wise about the male members’ male members is one of her favorite things to do:  "How's it hanging, baby boy?"
  The Mad Groovy Pad has a big co-ed shower room upstairs, and Shelly Suzuki just loves lathering up with Chi, Toto, Ninja and Hornytoad. “Snapping wet towels on their bubble butts is so much fun!” she giggles. “It makes me feel young again!”

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For their next DVD single, The New Archies settle on "The Sound Of Love".  Tracking this remake of a rare Petula Clark recording, Donna Dante lays down her most ferocious lead vocal yet!  She writes her own vocal arrangement; on hand to act as production consultant, Nero the Dog growls in harmony on the backing track.  After Mama Shelly captures the stunning performance on tape, Rikki Ninja flips on the studio intercom and yells: "¡Que viva Donna + The Motherf*ckers!  ¡Sí señor!"  Dee Dee and Nero crack up!  Mal Hypster's percussion track is just as fierce: Dude bears down extra hard on his timbales, creating a firestorm of Latin rhythm.

 Everybody thinks the single will hit Top Ten, at the very least!  Instead, it tanks.  Toby Maxx is worried: "I hope this isn't a bad omen!"  He has reason to worry: The retro-Rock trend which has dominated popular music since the early 2040s has finally begun to wind down. Satellite radio programmers no longer jump on the latest '60s Pop remakes, no matter how good they may sound; the new Rock trend is dark Goth ballads, with music videos that depict rape, murder or suicide!

Consequently, the band’s Petulance album will have disappointing sales in North America; but thanks to Nero, it will meet with huge acclaim in Europe!  At the wonder poodle's suggestion, Toto and Ninja produce the Petula Clark tribute in both English and French versions.  "It makes sense to do it that way," puppy explains, "because Pet scored major hits in both languages, and often with different songs.  Besides, New Archies records have always sold big in France!"  Predictably, Carmen Serna tries to sabotage the release:  Under her influence, Lyle Jason Blossom distributes French promotional materials in the USA, and sends English promos to French-speaking territories!  However, the snafu isn’t nearly enough to deter the band’s avid European following in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

The New Archies embark on their first European tour.  A bootleg of their performance in Brussels will surface later in the year. In addition to "Elle Est Finie", "Le Coeur Qui Bat", "Dans Le Train De Nuit" and other choice tracks from the French album, highlights include Donna Dante taking the lead on "Can't Break The Habit"; Mal Hypster and Lana Suzuki rocking out to "Eli's Comin'"; Rikki Ninja re-interpreting Gary Briseño's signature tune, "Lady Jane"; and Toby Maxx using his flamethrower sax to a fire under "Jungle Boogie" and "Sound Your Funky Horn!"  A French translation of "Mama Can't Buy You Love" (the group's first hit record) makes for a grand finale that's nothing less than magnifique.

The tour is a smashing success! Ninja displays maximum charisma on stage, laying groundwork for his future status as an international sex symbol. 2048 proves to be a high-profile year for him: Dude sings lead on “La Mer Est Comme Toi”, a gorgeous Petula Clark ballad that Radio Luxembourg puts into heavy rotation. Back in the USA, his rather Goth rendition of a forgotten Cher number, “Where Do You Go?” scores big for The New Archies, too. Besotted fans rush the stage and scream his name at every single gig!  Both women and men fling their undergarments at him ("Gross!" Toto thinks).

 Basking in the glow of celebrity, Ninja longs for someone to share his joy with.  One weekend in the Swiss alps, he invites Lyle Jason Blossom for a joyride on his Groove-A-Cycle.  They ride up a mountainside to a cozy chalet belonging to the Blossom family.  The two Bisexual men end up spending the night; one kiss leads to another, and they fall up in bed together.  Their sexual chemistry is strong, and the sex itself is awesome!  “Calling you a talent manager doesn’t do you justice, papi!” Ninja moans as LJB services him with his huge prick. “You’ve got hidden talents your damn self!”

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Afterwards, Lyle seems pensive. “What’s on your mind, stud?” Ninja inquires. Hesitantly, The New Archies’ manager confides a secret:  He, also, is Transsexual! “I’ve always known I was female,” he sighs, a tear trickling down his cheek. “Mom knew it, too; I didn’t even have to tell her. But when I told Dad, he flew into a rage!  He beat me up bad! Then he’d punish me whenever he thought I was acting ‘f*ggoty’. It got to the point where I was terrified to express my true gender! Jason Blossom’s been dead for a long time, but I’m still living in the closet he forced me into as a child.”

Racked with sobs, Lyle seeks and finds comfort in Ninja’s strong arms. “No llores más, mamacita”, the former Nancy Rochelle Fonseca whispers. “I’ve been where you are, and I know where you’re going. Things will get better!” Softly crooning the old Five Stairsteps hit “Ooh, Child”, Ninja rocks LJB to sleep. The gender-blended lovers have forged a bond that will last through both of the identity transitions Lyle Jason Blossom is destined to undergo! (A few weeks later, The New Archies will cut a version of “Ooh, Child” with Ninja singing lead vocals.  However, Toto isn't satisfied with the track, and it won’t be released for another 20 years.) 

Vogue SONIQUE 770
C’Est Ma Chanson/This Is My Song (Chaplin, Delanoé)*
Le Ciel De Mon Pays/Hold On To What You’ve Got (Clark, Delanoé)**
Chariot/I Will Follow Him (Mauriat, Plante, Pourcel)*
Garde-Moi Ta Dernière Danse/Save The Last Dance For Me 
(Llenas, Pomus, Salvet, Shuman)*
L’Agent Secret (Aber, Clark)***
Va Toujours Plus Loin/Round Every Corner (Aber, Hatch)**
Je Me Sens Bien/Dance On! (Adams, Murtagh, Plante, Stellman)***
Las Vegas (Clark, Delanoé, Majenta)*
Que Reste-T-Il?/Where Do You Go? (Aber, Bono)**
Ya Ya Twist (Aber, Dorsey, Lewis, Robinson)***
Si Tu Prenais Le Temps/A Sign Of The Times (Hatch, Monty)**
La Nuit N’En Finit Plus/Needles And Pins (Bono, Nitzsche, Plante)***
Le Cœur Qui Bat/Heart (Aber, Clark)***
Dans Le Train De Nuit (Clark, Cour)***
Viens Avec Moi/I Know A Place (Aber, Hatch)**
Mon Amour/My Love (Aber, Hatch)***
Elle Est Finie/This Is Goodbye (Aber, Clark, Hatch)*
Un Mal Pour Un Bien/You’re The One (Aber, Clark, Hatch)***
Darling Chéri (Clark, Gaunay, Pitkowski, Hatch)*
Dans Le Temps/Downtown (Aber, Hatch)**
Pétulance
Les New Archies Chantent Pétula Clark
*Voix Premier de Rikki Ninja
**Voix Premier de Mal Hypster
***Voix Premier de Donna Dante
Une Production Toto et Ninja
Chef de Production: Lyle Jason Blossom
Conseiller à la Production: Nero
Arrangements par Les New Archies
Direction Musicale par Lana Suzuki
Réalizé par Rikki Ninja et Toby Maxx
Enregistré chez Le Mad Groovy Pad, Cambridge
Production Sonique: Maman Shelly
#3 Disques Francophone
Released in French-speaking regions of the world,
Pétulance is never marketed in the United States.

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Republic 47-336
Where Do You Go?/After The Hill, There's A Mountain
(Sonny Bono)/(Holding, Trent)
The New Archies featuring Rikki Ninja/
The New Archies featuring Mal Hypster
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
#3 Pop/#75 Pop

Republic EP-9000
L’Agent Secret (Aber, Clark)/
Le Coeur Qui Bat (Aber, Clark)/
Dans Le Train De Nuit (Clark, Cour)/
Elle Est Finie (Aber, Clark, Hatch)*/
Darling Chéri (Clark, Gaunay, Pitkowsky, Hatch)*/
La Mer Est Comme Toi (Aber, Clark)*
La Mer Est Comme Toi
The New Archies featuring Donna Dante
*The New Archies featuring Rikki Ninja
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
Additional Production and Remix by
Tara Nation Faws
#74 Pop
A single of “La Mer Est Comme Toi” 
tops the French charts in 2048.

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Ron Dante tells his daughter about an unreleased album of Soul music covers he produced for the original Archies. Dee Dee hears the tapes and informs her bandmates about this exciting find!  Recorded in 1992, it features Betty and Jughead singing lead vocals on album tracks for the very first time. Betty’s husky alto holds forth on the Supremes classic “Stoned Love”; Juggy channels Wilson Pickett covering Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”; Veronica distinguishes herself with a bitchin' cover of Barbara Acklin’s 1968 smash “Love Makes A Woman”; Archie and Reggie serve up a smooth-as-silk duet on Mel and Tim’s 1972 cult favorite “Starting All Over Again”; and Arch kicks major ass on a fierce remake of The Joe Jeffrey Group’s 1969 stomper “My Pledge Of Love”!  Mr. D chuckles at the memory of Veronica Lodge getting drunk on Kahlua B-52s at one of the recording sessions: "Roni was wearing this little sarong number.  She started dancing around, and her top fell off!  Archie got so p*ssed off, his head was exploding!"

The New Archies executive-produce a belated release for the fourteen-song set. “Shelly Suzuki’s remixes are just fantastic,” Ron Dante raves. “I wish she’d been around back when I was still producing acts.”  Overhearing the compliment, Mama Shelly grins up at him. “If you dig what Mama does in the soundbooth, Ronniekins, you might dig what she does in the kitchen, too. Fall up at The Pad tonight for dinner, and I’ll lay my sashimi baccala on you!” Her Japanese spin on a traditional Italian dish scores a big hit, and so does the record: Stoned Love by The Archies wins great critical praise, rises high on the charts, and is nominated Album of The Year!

Sadly, Mr. D passes away soon afterward.   Thousands of distraught fans, friends and family members attend the funeral on Staten Island.  Wearing a sweatshirt with her father's photo on the front, Donna Dante places a bouquet of roses on his casket.  In a statement to the press, she states: “We had precious little time to get to know each other, and yet, our meeting was destined to be! I took his name as mine long before I knew I was his daughter. When we met, I immediately sensed our kinship. A DNA test confirmed it later, but we both knew the truth already. Talking to my Papa, learning from him, laughing, crying and working with him . . . it was such a joy! I don’t want to think about him being gone. He’s still here! A big part of Ron Dante will always be inside of me.”

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Republic USA 48-486
Carrie Anne (The Hollies)
Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens)
Girl Watcher (Trail, Pittman)
The Rapper (Dominic Ierace)
Love Makes A Woman (Davis, Record, Sanders, Sims)*
Expressway To Your Heart (Gamble, Huff)***
Bandala (Farrell, Singleton)
Killer Joe (Berns, Kahan)
Time Won’t Let Me (King, Kelley)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Garrett, Hardaway, Wonder, Wright)**
Starting All Over Again (Phillip Mitchell)***
Stephany (Henning, Klein, Price)
My Pledge Of Love (Joe Jeffrey)
Stoned Love (Thomas, Wilson)****
Stoned Love
The Archies
Lead Vocals by Archie Andrews
*Lead Vocals by Veronica Lodge
**Lead Vocals by Jughead
***Duet Vocals by Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle
****Lead Vocals by Betty Cooper
Music Supervision: Don Kirshner
Production Consultant: Nero
Arranged by The Archies
Produced by Ron Dante
Executive Producers:
The New Archies
Recorded @ The Bungalow, Nassau
Remixed @ The Mad Groovy Pad, Cambridge
Analog Engineer: Rhett Valentyne
Remix Engineer: Mama Shelly
#11 Pop Albums
Recorded in 1992; previously unreleased.

2049
In the year 2045, a DNA test will be patented that confirms Transsexual status. Lyle Jason Blossom’s female gender is confirmed by the test, and he begins working with a gender transition counselor. Ninja often accompanies him to counseling sessions: “It’s not an easy process, mamacita, but you’ll be fine. No te preocupes: I’ll be here for you every step of the way!” LJB and Ninja grow incredibly close, and take an apartment together on Boston's Beacon Hill.

Donna Dante appears in Up Yours, a comedy flick directed by cult favorite Bruce Frey.  For a scene in the film, the director asks her to sing one of his favorite Bubblegum rockers.  She does so, but hates the song with a passion!  Even more so when he suggests that The New Archies consider releasing it as a single. “It would be great promotion for the film,” he enthuses. "I don't think they'll agree to it," she warns, "but I'll ask." Much to her horror, Mal Hypster, Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx actually dig the damn tune! "That song definitely has possibilities," Toto declares. Ninja agrees. "It just needs a little sexing up," he says. "I've got an organ part in mind that will really kick ass!" Chi adds: "It wants some Latin percussion, too. I've got some ideas." Dude grabs his bongó kit. "What about this riff for the middle section . . .?"

Later that night, the whole band gets busy at Mad Groovy Studios, recording a demo. Mama Shelly can barely work the board from popping her fingers to the infectious beat! “This one is a stoned t*tty shaker!” she declares. Yet Dee Dee never warms up to the song. When they finish the track, she urges Ninja to sing the lead vocal. "No, nena," he tells her. "You sing it in the movie! Besides, this record needs a woman's voice."

His instincts turn out to be right on target: Donna Dante’s fevered lead vocals over a sizzling percussion arrangement make “Humpty Dumpty” the group’s first chart-topping disc!  "People are getting sick of that gloomy Goth sound," Toby Maxx notes approvingly.  "And not a minute too soon!"  The Ska-flavored flipside, "Don't Mention My Name", gets nearly as much airplay in some regions of the USA.  Destined to become a college fraternity party anthem, its deranged duet vocals (courtesy of Mal Hypster and Rikki Ninja) will be imitated by drunken frat boys for years to come! 

Republic 49-167
Humpty Dumpty*/Don’t Mention My Name
(Cohen, Rostelli)/(Crewe, Gaudio)
*from the film Up Yours
The New Archies featuring Donna Dante/
The New Archies featuring Mal Hypster and Rikki Ninja
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
#1 Pop/#36 Pop

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Classic 1960s Rock is rarely heard on the radio anymore, but it's a different story on TV.  Televised '60s Rock tributes are very common in the 2040s:  The year 2048 alone saw televised celebrations of Chubby Checker, Frankie Valli + The Four Seasons, Gene Pitney, Brenda Lee, The Chiffons and The Fifth Dimension’s music!  With Bree Spellman and Lyle Jason Blossom as co-producers, The New Archies film a tribute TV series to The Monkees.  "Everybody knows that The Monkees inspired the formation of The Archies," Sabrina notes, "so what could be more appropriate?"  Donny Jacobs, whose screenplays include the megahit movie musical Say Goodbye To Riverdale, writes most of the scripts. The group flies up to Toronto and settles in at Centurion Studios, a sound + video complex. Rikki Ninja, Toby Maxx and Shelly Suzuki plan to take advantage of Centurion's superb audio recording facilities and cut a live soundtrack album on the film set.

Twelve episodes of “For Pete’s Sake” are taped in front of a studio audience; Bree’s friend Raj Patel, Jr. directs them all. The shows feature guest appearances by Square Byz, Go Go Manischevitz and Rock Paisley Blizzard.  The notoriously promiscuous Mal Hypster has sex with four musicians from RPB!  His oral, digital and anal charms delight the male membership of this up-and-coming Goth Pop ensemble ("emphasis on 'cumming'", Chi will later joke to Hornytoad)!  His lover Toby Maxx is furious when he finds out; a door-slamming confrontation results!

  Relationship upheavals aside, the tapings go smoothly.  However, havoc erupts during post-production: Strangely disoriented, Shelly Suzuki is unable to man the mixing board.  "Mum's not feeling well," Lana Suzuki explains; she and her mother fly back to Boston that night.  Tragically, Susu will soon discover that her mother is suffering the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Lyle Jason Blossom offers to substitute for her. “Remember, I wasn’t always in artist management,” he reminds Toto + Ninja. “I used to work as a studio engineer in college before switching careers!"  "True dat," Ninja nods.  "And you've helped Mama Shelly on some of our demo sessions, too.  ¡Bueno!  Hazlo, mi amor.” Little does he suspect that Carmen Serna’s evil influence is behind LJB's eagerness to help!  Dude proceeds to sabotage the soundtrack recordings under his half-sister’s evil influence.

Lyle creates low-fi soundmixes that are sometimes barely audible. He also lets extraneous noise distort the recorded music: There’s actually tape hiss on the digital audio tape! Dude even erases some tracks “by accident”. Alarmed at what he hears (“Sh*t!  WTF is he doing?), Toby Maxx pulls him off the board.  After listening to the full extent of the damage done, Toto reports to his bandmates. “LJB really f*cked us up," he groans.  "He must not be feeling well, either!  We've got to overdub nearly all of the tracks, and I want a top-notch engineer this time.  Who can we get up here in a hurry?”

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Rikki Ninja suggests Yvonne Remy, Witch Queen Studios’ chief engineer. Toto shakes his head: “No go!  Yvie is on deadline mixing a Disney soundtrack; she isn’t available.” Mal Hypster has an idea: “There’s a dude named Corky Clayton who’s based here in Toronto. Sabrina has worked with him, and so have I!"  "Really?" Toto inquires sarcastically.  "How did his ass taste?"  Choosing to ignore the insult, Chi continues: "Corky used to play with Jozetta (the Funk ensemble that evolved from Josie + The Pussy Cats), but he’s a sound man now.  Baby boy is a stoned b*tch at the controls!” The younger brother of Sabrina’s old friend Chuck Clayton happens to be available, and he’s on the job early the next morning. “Holy flying f*ck!” he exclaims when he hears LJB’s expert botch job. “I’ve got my work cut out for me!”

While Corky struggles to salvage the soundtrack, The New Archies' manager busies himself in the video editing room. Lyle meddles with the filmed portion of the show, making numerous bizarre edits. When whole segments of film go missing and have to be re-shot, Junior Patel is in tears! Damage control pushes the production of “For Pete’s Sake” significantly over budget, and it's all in vain: Great music is really all the show has going for it.  Taking his cues from The Monkees' 1966-8 sitcom, Donny Jacobs has loaded up the scripts with zany comedy skits!  The New Archies have a proven flair for drama (on display in the 2040 Broadway musical Don't Touch My Guitar), but they're not at their best in a slapstick setting.  When MeTV executives preview the show, they find it substandard and yank it from the broadcast schedule!

After LJB negotiates a far-from-ideal time slot (3:00 AM Eastern, 2:00 AM Central Time) the TV series does air; but both it and the soundtrack album are poorly received.  However, a song taken from the soundtrack, “The Door Into Summer” does moderately well on the charts.  Originally sung by Monkee Michael Nesmith, it features one of Mal Hypster’s finest vocal performances.  The flipside, Donna Dante's bluesy reading of the series theme song charts, too ("For Pete's Sake" was also the closing theme of "The Monkees").  This DVD single is the silver lining in a dark cloud of dismal failure!  Sabrina is livid; Lyle Jason Blossom is contrite; Carmen Serna is delighted!

Republic USA 2-4957
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Michael Nesmith)*
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Neil Diamond)**
You Can’t Tie A Mustang Down! (Jeff Barry)*
Last Train To Clarksville (Boyce, Hart)***
I’m A Believer (John Stewart)***
I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone (Boyce, Hart)***
She (Boyce, Hart)***
Look Out! Here Comes Tomorrow (Neil Diamond)**
I Don’t Think You Know Me (Goffin, King)*
Teardrop City (Boyce, Hart)***
I Won’t Be The Same Without Her (Goffin, King)*
Listen To The Band (Michael Nesmith)*
Steam Engine Ninety-Nine (Chip Douglas)**
All The King’s Horses (Michael Nesmith)****
Valleri (Boyce, Hart)***
If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again (Keller, Russell)*
You Just May Be The One (Michael Nesmith)*
Circle Sky (Michael Nesmith)**
Love To Love (Neil Diamond)**
Shades Of Gray (Mann, Weil)****
For Pete’s Sake (Richards, Tork)***
Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin, King)*
Daydream Believer (John Stewart)**
Goin’ Down (Hildebrand, Monkees)**
The Door Into Summer (Douglas, Martin)*
For Pete’s Sake!
Tribute to The Monkees
The New Archies
*Lead vocals by Mal Hypster
**Lead vocals by Rikki Ninja
***Lead vocals by Donna Dante
****Trio vocals by Donna Dante, Mal Hypster
and Rikki Ninja
Music Supervision:
Bree Spellman and Lyle Jason Blossom
A Blossom-Spellman Production
for MeTV Classic Rock
Arranged by The New Archies
Conducted by Lana Suzuki
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
Production Staged and Directed by Raj Patel, Jr.
Videotaped by Brad Heller Filmworks
Recorded @ Centurion Studios, Toronto
Audio Remixed by Corky Clayton
#73 Top Albums
Songs from the TV series that were performed by Square Byz, 
Go Go Manischevitz and Rock Paisley Blizzard appear on releases 
marketed by their respective record labels.

Republic 49-180
The Door Into Summer/For Pete’s Sake
from the TV series “For Pete’s Sake”
The New Archies featuring Mal Hypster/
The New Archies featuring Donna Dante
Produced by Rikki Ninja and Toby Maxx
#29 Pop/#51 Pop

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Stung by the scathing reviews from TV critics, Donna Dante isn't happy.  Neither is her agent!  He warns her: “Records that flop are one thing, but looking bad on film?  You don’t need that kind of publicity.  It's poison to a budding movie career like yours!”  His warning triggers her finely-honed self-preservation instincts.  After talking over her worries with Lana Suzuki, Dee Dee decides that she has outgrown The New Archies.  "I'm ready to concentrate on acting," she announces at the next group rehearsal.  "I'm sorry, but I'm leaving again, and this time it's permanent!" 

That same night, Mal Hypster and Toby Maxx decide to end their turbulent love match; Chi returns to Nashville and makes plans to move out of Toto's Mad Groovy Pad.  This double-barrel shot of bad news dismays Sabrina when she hears it, but the sorceress has no time to brood. Former Head Witch Ms. Della appears to her suddenly as she and her wife Heather prepare for bed. “Mother!” Bree exclaims. “What is it?” Della Nightshade summons her daughter to a highly secretive meeting of the Universal Coven: “There can be no delay!” Bree feels herself being pulled down through a deep time warp!

Subsequent events happen so quickly, her head is left spinning: At a mystic ceremony held hundreds of years in the past, Sabrina is chosen to be the new Head Witch!  Before an assembly of thousands, she is stripped naked and dressed in royal garments befitting her exalted status.  Proudly, Ms. Della reads the Coven’s written proclamation. “Thy title shalt not be Head Witch,” she reveals. “A suggestion made centuries ago hath now been implement'd: Sabrina Spellman, thou art the first Witch Queen!”

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The news spreads like wildfire throughout every realm where witches dwell.  It drives an already unstable Carmen Serna over the edge of madness! “I am the most powerful witch in the universe!” she screams, tearing her clothing in a symbolic expression of rage. “How dare the Coven spurn me? Who did that b*tch sleep with to grab the Head Witch job? And she’s even got them calling her a Witch Queen? This bullsh*t is absurd! Sabrina must die! Everyone she loves must die! Carmen Serna demands it!”

The Wicked Witch of New Jersey sends her demonic Rottweiler, The Abominable Miss Fang, on a mission to stalk and murder Bree’s cat Salem! Her next target? Donna Dante, as close to Bree as a daughter would be, and Carmen's only serious rival for the affections of her husband, Frankie Fujiyama!

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Sabrina vs. Carmen Serna!!! 
It's smackdown time in Part Four of