and now for the songs — October 24, 2021

222) Room 222 Theme Song

In honor of song #222, I present the theme song to the beloved TV show (for those of a certain age) Room 222, which aired from ‘69-‘74. As Nostalgia Central describes the series:

Life at Walt Whitman High School – an integrated high school in Los Angeles – as seen through the eyes of . . . a dedicated black American History instructor whose classes were held in Room 222. An optimistic idealist, [he] instilled his students with gentle lessons in tolerance and understanding. The students loved him for his easygoing manner and willingness to side with them when he knew they were being short-changed by the system.

Wow, the Sixties sure were simpler days (though no one thought so at the time!). If there was a reboot today, it would likely be titled Room 1619, with the students instilled with lessons in Critical Race Theory and lined up as oppressors or oppressed.

223) The Poets — “That’s the Way It’s Got To Be”

Another stunning song by Scotland’s own Poets. While it died through underpromotion, the song had the honor of being featured in the cult classic film Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, which was named the 7th worst movie ever made by the 2004 documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.

As IMDb describes the movie:

When an atomic war on Mars destroys the planet’s women, it’s up to Martian Princess Marcuzan and her right-hand man Dr. Nadir to travel to earth and kidnap women for new breeding stock. Landing in Puerto Rico, they shoot down a NASA space capsule manned by an android. With his electronic brain damaged, the android terrorizes the island while the Martians raid beaches and pool parties.

“Love may be like summer’s rain, quickly come and gone again. It may last eternally. That’s the way it’s got to be. That’s the way it’s got to be.”

Here is the pivotal clip from Frankenstein:

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