Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy and Jesse and the Rippers rocking out at the Smash Club every Friday night? Well, not this Friday night. Because this Friday night, the Full House band will be reuniting for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Uncle Jesse back at the mic? Have mercy!
If your memory's rusty or you're either too young or too old to appreciate the pop-cultural significance of this fictional band, the music group was fronted by Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos), the live-in brother-in-law of Danny Tanner, the patriarch of the Tanner family in the beloved 80's/90's sitcom Full House. Danny was the typical good-guy dad, while Uncle Jesse was the rocker with a mullet and a dreamy smile, who had a soft spot for his adorable nieces, whom he helped raise. He also had a band called Jesse and the Rippers, which regularly played gigs at a place called the Smash Club. And according to EW, that band - including its frontman - will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Friday night. This news was preceded by an all-too-brief but truly excellent instagram video of Stamos performing the first part of the Full House theme song…
I kind of hope they do the whole thing in Friday night!
For a bit more background information, the peak of the Rippers' fame was probably this legit music video of Stamos crooning "Forever," which we all know just had to be about Aunt Becky, the love of Jesse's life and mother to his adorable twin boys, who would be in their twenties about now. Crazy how time flies!
And then there's Stamos' cameo in the Beach Boy's "Kokomo" video, the early-90s Cocktail soundtrack pop hit that gave us all a list of ideal Caribbean vacation spots…
Regardless of what song(s) Jesse and the Rippers perform on Friday night, it looks like this episode of Late Night is not to be missed for those in the mood for a bit of nostalgia. Because when you're lost out there, and you're all alone, a light is waiting to carry you home…