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Monday Pick-Me-Up: The Rock-afire Explosion Movie

Did you grow up in a place with a Showbiz Pizza? I missed this phenomenon (mine was a Chuck-E-Cheese's kind of town), but my boyfriend was raised on Showbiz and its animatronic band, the Rock-afire Explosion. Made up of a singing gorilla, a bass-playing bear, and many other lovable if slightly creepy characters, the band would sing rock and country hits of the '80s and earlier (plus, of course, "Happy Birthday" to the many kids who celebrated there).

The restaurants have since closed, but the Rock-afire Explosion lives on — most notably on YouTube, where the band has been reprogrammed to sing such modern hits as Usher's "Love in this Club." And the phenomenon isn't going unnoticed: There's a Rock-afire documentary in the works, slated to be released this Fall.

The trailer for this movie just has to be seen to be believed; even at that, I'd think it was a mockumentary if I didn't know better (the guy who says, "It was like being in rock-and-roll. It was exactly like being in rock-and-roll" just seems so earnest!). To relive the magic if you were a Showbiz kid — or if you want to understand your Showbiz friends when they reminisce about Billy Bob the bear — just



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jellydonut80 jellydonut80 8 years
i had my birthday party there when i was 4!! it was my golden birthday and my sister was so jealous that when her golden birthday came around (at the age of 29) we threw it at Chuck E Cheese as a joke!
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Oh yeah, we had a Showbiz. The band was actually pretty terrifying when I was 4 or 5. Whenever the show started tons of kids would start crying. I'm guessing that didn't help them stay in business.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I had a b-day party at Showbiz Pizza back in the day. I used to think the animatronic band was real.
Berlin Berlin 8 years city had a Chuck-E-Cheese and they hand an animatronic band...didn't all of them?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I am so glad I'm not the only one who thought those things were creepy! My family would take me to Showbiz as a treat, and I'd have nightmares about the animatronic band for weeks afterwards!
dannysf dannysf 8 years
My town definitely had a Showbiz. And this documentary looks amahzing! Can't wait!
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