Nineties Nickelodeon cult favorite The Adventures of Pete & Pete wasn't your average kids' show. From 1993 to 1996, Pete & Pete dazzled young'uns and grown-ups alike with a unique wittiness, maturity, and friendly surrealism in Wellsville's fictional suburbia. Whether it was a cardigan-wearing Iggy Pop expressing his distaste for canoes, or an inanimate, demonic bowling ball fighting for the siblings' affection, Pete & Pete remains an original not only in children's television, but for the medium as a whole.
Photo by Henning Ohlenbusch Polaris
To score such a unique world, show creator Will McRobb enlisted Mark Mulcahy, then frontman of the Connecticut college-rock band Miracle Legion, to write the show's jangle-pop theme, "Hey Sandy." More work followed, and Polaris, as Mulcahy's in-house, Miracle Legion–hybrid band came to be known, eventually penned twelve songs over the show's run, matching Pete & Pete's timelessness with its soundtrack. After the show's cancellation, Music From the Adventures of Pete & Pete saw a proper album release in 1999, becoming a treasured gem for the show's fans as Mulcahy continued on as a solo act.More »