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(Chicago Trib)   The rise and fall of the Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese band, the most terrifying animatronic creatures known to man   ( chicagotribune.com) divider line
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2018-02-09 12:54:21 PM  
CSB:

Years ago I took my nephew, who was 5 at the time, to a Showbiz Pizza.  Some drunk guy kept trying to go up to the band and get the drummer's autograph.  After three attempts, they finally had to call the cops to have him escorted out.
 
2018-02-09 01:02:33 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:06:41 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:07:11 PM  

markie_farkie: Years ago I took my nephew, who was 5 at the time, to a Showbiz Pizza.  Some drunk guy kept trying to go up to the band and get the drummer's autograph.  After three attempts, they finally had to call the cops to have him escorted out.


And that totally ruined my night too.  Thanks a lot.
 
2018-02-09 01:07:58 PM  
This thread again?!? what is this now, five in five months? Six? Hey mods, is the "FOLLOW-UP" tag on vacay?
 
2018-02-09 01:08:12 PM  
Showbiz pizza was the BEST pizza to five year old me. I still get scent memories. The closest knock-off I can find is Totino's Supreme party pizzas.
 
2018-02-09 01:12:38 PM  
Satan is gonna scream like a terrified little girl when that band's tour bus arrives in hell.
 
2018-02-09 01:16:08 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:21:16 PM  
For some reason I remember going to a Showbiz once, going into the ball pit and then coming out to find someone took my shoes.
 
2018-02-09 01:28:00 PM  

texdent: For some reason I remember going to a Showbiz once, going into the ball pit and then coming out to find someone took my shoes.


But you picked up dysentery, so that's something.
 
2018-02-09 01:29:29 PM  
Oooh, well la-dee-fricking-da!  We had Celebration Station instead Mr. Rich Guy.
 
2018-02-09 01:35:06 PM  
It was a great place to pick up single moms.
 
2018-02-09 01:56:49 PM  

AsparagusFTW: It was a great place to pick up single moms.


When me and my daughter's mother broke up, i use to go there with my daughter, those single would latch on to you like lamprey on a trout.
/Asking cute female clerks at Walgreen's about "which pads/tampons should you buy your teen daughter" also works
 
2018-02-09 02:06:20 PM  
More creepy then this?
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2018-02-09 02:07:02 PM  

akya: More creepy then this?
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Thanks for the nightmares.
 
2018-02-09 03:22:03 PM  
There is nothing more creepy than homicidal animatronic characters.
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2018-02-09 03:24:49 PM  
I'll just leave this here...
 
2018-02-09 03:41:32 PM  

AsparagusFTW: It was a great place to pick up single moms.


Grocery store's better. You can learn a lot about a person by what they feed their kids.
 
2018-02-09 03:50:05 PM  
Sell the whole thing to Chuck D. The you can call them all Chuck D Cheese.

/DNRTFA
 
2018-02-09 04:03:12 PM  
Mayer Hawthorne - Dreaming
Youtube yJXvEs-uCmk
 
2018-02-09 04:15:09 PM  
I dropped a kid off for a birthday party once.  the few minutes I spent in chuck e cheese was like one of dante's circles of hell,
 
2018-02-09 04:27:06 PM  

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Funnier with the full pic.

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2018-02-09 04:28:15 PM  
I played softball in this insanely conceived late fall league, at night.  2 hours of standing in the outfield, fiddling with some polarized sunglasses to get things to align where you might POSSIBLY see a fly ball, shivering from the cold the entire time.  BUT... afterwards, we went to the Chuck's.  OUR Chuck E Cheese had the rare(?) Beach Bowzers, 4 dogs that sang Beach Boys songs.  And beer was sold by the pitcher, and it was cheap.  So we sat by the stage, and we sang along, in awful attempts at harmony.  We tried not to be so annoying that it disrupted the family time atmosphere, but we sometimes failed...
 
2018-02-09 04:42:50 PM  

mrsleep: [img.fark.net image 850x637]


Why does no-one ever say "Dick the birthday boy" out loud?
 
2018-02-09 04:56:46 PM  
"alarmed eyes that shifted back and forth in their fury heads"

Fury heads.  I like that image.  Fury heads.
 
2018-02-09 04:57:51 PM  

akya: More creepy then this?
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Whoa.  Is that supposed to be a body-meld of Donny and Hil-hil?
 
2018-02-09 07:20:57 PM  

Resin33: The Goddamn Batman: [78.media.tumblr.com image 257x204]

Funnier with the full pic.

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Heh. That it is.
 
2018-02-09 08:43:01 PM  

thespindrifter: This thread again?!? what is this now, five in five months? Six? Hey mods, is the "FOLLOW-UP" tag on vacay?


Stop whining about repeats or the mods will take away next week's Elizabeth Hurley in a bikini thread.
 
2018-02-09 08:48:14 PM  
Rock-afire Explosion backup to Cee Lo Green in 'F*** You'
Youtube PVCQ19s7QkI


Possibly NSFWish?
 
2018-02-09 08:54:24 PM  
The Rockafire-Explosion: My Gal Is Red Hot
Youtube 6ZIGli3fGRc


Because you know you wanted more.
 
2018-02-09 08:56:52 PM  
This one has a cool history:

This is the show I played for Michael Jackson when he came to visit me in 1984. He thought "those were cute songs" and asked me "who wrote those songs". When I teased him about not knowing that these were Beatle songs, he seemed offended and didn't speak to me again that night. Gosh, I was only ribbing ya' Michael! Not long after that, MJ bought the entire Beatles catalog of songs, and I think hearing and watching this performance had a significant influence on his decision.

Beatles Abbey Road Show Tape ** The Rock-afire Explosion **
Youtube MyEbr6HvWy0
 
2018-02-09 08:58:48 PM  
Definitely NSFW....

Rock-afire: Pop Lock and Drop It
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/Having fun yet?
 
2018-02-09 09:01:01 PM  
Last one. These are the actual musicians who did the music for the Rock Afire Explosion when Showbiz Pizza was still around. As you can see, they're actually a pretty talented bunch.

The Rock-afire Explosion 'Live'
Youtube QNEc5Kq_ybY


/What? You thought the Fats the Gorilla was actually doing his own singing?
//Only at first.
///Sigh, I miss the 1980s.
 
2018-02-09 09:05:16 PM  
Sorry, that's Fatz  the Gorilla.

May the Showbiz Pizza gods forgive me my misspelling of quirky animatronic character names.
 
2018-02-09 09:06:08 PM  

Therion: thespindrifter: This thread again?!? what is this now, five in five months? Six? Hey mods, is the "FOLLOW-UP" tag on vacay?

Stop whining about repeats or the mods will take away next week's Elizabeth Hurley in a bikini thread.


Those are going to get weird in 30 years or so.
 
2018-02-09 11:52:58 PM  

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Obligatory:

D the birthday boy
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2018-02-10 12:21:00 AM  

akya: More creepy then this?
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Jesus christ, it looks like John Voight f*cked Emperor Palpatine.

Somewhat CSB time:
About five or six years ago, when I was working for a sh*tty dialysis company (one which John Oliver spent most of a segment talking about on his show last year) in Nashville, they took us on one of those forced "pretend you like hanging out with your co-workers" outings to a family fun center. I don't know if this place had been a Showbiz pizza at one point  (I know Nashville had at least one because I had been there a few times as a child) or if they had just inherited the things after Showbiz closed down, but they had the whole band shoved off in a corner. You thought those things were creepy back in the day? You should see them after 25 years of neglect and absolutely no maintenance. I wish I could find the pictures I took.
 
2018-02-10 12:59:01 PM  

Lodger: mrsleep: [img.fark.net image 850x637]

Why does no-one ever say "Dick the birthday boy" out loud?


That sentence needs a comma.
 
2018-02-10 07:21:46 PM  

akya: More creepy then this?
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Eyes too large
Lacks permanent and undeserved smug look
Hair too thick
Insufficient chins
 
2018-02-10 07:22:59 PM  
The podcast How I built This with Nolan Bushnel was really good.

Just FYI
 
2018-02-10 09:18:51 PM  
I loved Showbiz Pizza. It was the only place in town that had the TMNT arcade game.

/Damn you, Baxter Stockman.
 
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