Twisted MixTape #40 – Where Did The Hardy Boys Go Wrong?

mixtape jenkehl 200I think the first time I ever saw Valerie Bertinelli was on The Hardy Boys. She played a really sweet sorority girl, named Wendy, who was scared because her sorority sisters were getting kidnapped. (If you don’t want to be regaled by my unhealthy fascination with 70’s pop culture feel free to skip to the mix….way…..down…..there.)

Turns out she had a “split-personality” and was kidnapping them herself. Oops. Sounds like a pretty big mistake.

Better put that gun down "Gwen"

Better put that gun down “Gwen”


Those Hardy Boys, I don’t really know what I ever saw in Shaun Cassidy, his pictures were plastered all over my bedroom wall, but if you ask me, Parker Stevenson, he was the hottie.

Oh Joe, I can't remember! Please stay with me.

Oh Joe, I can’t remember! Please stay with me.


Or your next choice:

Frank, where is Joe? I need Joe! What? Why would you want Joe when you have Parker Stevenson right here!

Frank, where is Joe? I need Joe! What? Why would you want Joe when you have Parker Stevenson right here!


Meanwhile they gave their prime years to The Hardy Boys and what did it get them? I mean, Kirstie Alley, she sure won, she got to marry Parker Stevenson and he got a little Babewatch Baywatch. And I guess Shaun didn’t do so bad, he had a little Da Doo Run Run and then became a movie Producer. He even got to be on Oprah, blech.

shaun on oprah

Also bit of Trivia, did you know his mom is Shirley Jones of The Partridge Family and his brother is David Cassidy oldest of the Partridges?

But that was it, that was the highlight of their on-screen careers. They gave their lives to be teen idols. Oh yeah, and if you’re under 40 you have no idea what I’m talking about. So go to Netflix and watch yourself some Hardy Boys, catch up.

And for the men, if you were a guy and more into the Nancy Drew part of the plot, your sweet little Pamela Sue Martin decided to give Playboy a try and got the axe after only a year. Of course, if you had a penchant for night-time soap operas, you were happy to see her again as she became an integral part of Dynasty. If you clicked that link you saw, she was never really cut out for a wholesome show like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

pamela sue martin

So who’s to say? Did Shaun or Parker make a mistake by choosing the life of a teenage heart-throb? I mean does anyone really know they are going to become one before they are one? And if someone told you millions of girls would be screaming your name, sending you letters and plastering your face all over their bedroom walls, would you say no?

And then there’s Pamela Sue Martin. Talk about Blurred Lines. Was it really a mistake to pose for Playboy while filming the wholesome Nancy Drew? She did lose her job, but she got an even better one, she got to be on Dynasty! After that it was pretty much small change too.

I guess the moral of this story is, it’s hard to be a 70’s television star and survive the seventiesness of it. That makes me sad, but also kind of happy. I prefer to remember them how they were, back in the old days when I couldn’t wait for the next episode of The Love Boat, or The Dukes of Hazzard – add those folks to the where are they now files too….

But wait, here’s Parker Stevenson now, I don’t know what Kirstie was thinking when she kicked this one to the curb. I can only guess his acting hasn’t improved much since the Hardy Boys if this guy’s not as successful as Indy (Harrison Ford to you).

parker stevenson now


Where Did All The Time Go? And What Exactly Did I Do With It?

Wasted Time

(Our theme this week is Past Mistakes, this is my loose interpretation)

The title track for our mix this week is:

Wasted Time by The Eagles – Can you believe I couldn’t find this song on YouTube? So I made my own video. I’m going to be a regular YouTube master soon.

This song is rarely played even though it was an important part of the album Hotel California. Hotel California was a concept album about living in the rat race. Wasted Time is about wondering why… there is also an instrumental reprise of the song on the album, only solidifying how important this little known track is to the album. It is beautifully sung, it’s one of my sing out loud in the car songs..

Wasted on the Way by Crosby, Stills & Nash – Man, I need more CS&N in my life. New Year’s Resolution – listen to more Crosby, Stills & Nash

Oh, when you were young
Did you question all the answers
Did you envy all the dancers who had all the nerve

She’s Not There by The Zombies – Well this guys friends were busy wasting their time instead of telling him all about the ways this girl was going to ruin his life.

Wait In Vain – Bob Marley

Lay Me Down – The Dirty Heads – If I wasn’t totally wasting time watching past episodes of Daryl’s House I never would have happened upon The Dirty Heads. Once I found them I couldn’t stop. (so that’s why this kind of gets to break my wasted time theme)

They drank up all the whiskey and They partied every night
Like it could be the last The bounty said shoot on sight.
So they chased the endless summer Though it came with the pride.
They wouldn’t stop running till They found a paradise.
But the sheriff finally found them with his eyes seeing red.
So the lovers had to shoot him down and fill him full of lead
They were finally free To find a place to lay their head
And when they finally did he looked at her and then he said….

Hold on Loosely by 38 Special – don’t wait around, cause you know she’s gonna leave you dude…

You see it all around you
Good lovin’ gone bad
And usually it’s too late when you
Realize what you had

Thank you for listening! Now share your MixTape with all of us. The best part of this party is we get to hear so much music that may be new, may be forgotten or may be just what you wanted to hear right now.

These are the rules. Five songs (do your best to stick to it, I listen to every mix and I don’t want you to wait). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Check out the other players (everyone wants to share their tunes with you).

Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!

Do me a favor, if you’re a veteran, try and visit at least one person you’ve never visited before.


And now, The List of all Lists

January 14 – Let’s stick with the New Year’s Theme – The best new song’s you’ve heard this past year. Can be oldies or new songs, either way they are new to you!
January 21 – Favorite Dance or Club Music. This list was suggested by our own Kir from Kir’s Corner. Her younger brother suddenly passed away last week, but through this tragedy she has a bright spot in her heart. Her brother was a DJ and loved great Dance music. Don’t feel sad, this is to celebrate his life! In her words I know that he would love it, he loved music, he loved people dancing and enjoying themselves.
January 28 – One of your friends is feeling down and needs to feel better. Make a mix to make him/her feel better. This can be songs you know your friend will love or songs meant to cheer someone up. You decide.
February 4 – A mix to Get Motivated. Whether it’s to workout, write or just get out of bed. Mix it up!
February 11 – Love to Love you baby. (Or friend or kid or dog or cat, whatever)
February 18 – We’re back to your choice, play us what you want, we’ll listen!


If you’re still here, thanks! I would love it if you checked out my site, Raised on the Radio. It’s a collaboration that includes Linda of Elleroy Was Here and Lance of My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog. We are always looking for guest posts, and your Wrong Song Lyrics. So head on over!

27 thoughts on “Twisted MixTape #40 – Where Did The Hardy Boys Go Wrong?

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  2. I’m willing to bet Parker kicked Kirstie to the curb. She’s a nutter. Those blue eyes are piercing my soul. Ow! Make ’em stop! Yes, I was a die hard Hardy Boys fan. Had all the Shaun posters, crushed on them both, never missed the show and read all the books. I might have to go reminisce on Netflix.

    The Dirty Heads – haha. Great band name.

    • You are probably right Linda. But if you check out some of his recent photos, he’s got this crazy hair thing going on, I think they might both be nut jobs. And I KNOW! That photo burns into your soul!

  3. Yes, I was a fan of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. There were always so many celebrities in guest roles. Really loved the CSN, Marley and .38 Special in your mix this week.

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  5. This is such a great idea for a bloghop, Jen! I must confess that I’m under 40 and grew up in a house without a TV, so some of those references did go right over my head, but I enjoyed listening to the music. I used to listen to The Eagles a fair bit in the past and Bob still gets played regularly at our house 🙂

  6. I LOVED. NO LOVED. NO LOVED the Hardy Boys. Swoon. I had Shaun’s satin jacket. You know the one I’m talking about. Oh and we didn’t like Parker cause we were idiots. And apparently so was Kirsti Alley.

  7. I never did see The Hardy Boys but I do have Netflix and will be watching it now. Whenever I’m in a bad mood all I have to do is listen to Suite Judy Blue Eyes. As soon as the do, do, do, do, do’s start I join in singing and immediately my bad mood turns to a good mood.

  8. HAHA! I love how you twisted this twisted mix tape to be about wasted time! And what was Kirstie thinking, anyway? I used to love Valerie. I thought she was so awesome! So did Eddie Van Halen, right?? Also I love The Zombies! LOVE!!

  9. Boy, has Shaun aged. I really didn’t need to see that. But I loved your mix tape and the way you seamlessly wove it into your seventies reminiscing – well done, Jen!

  10. This post cracked me up! I started laughing at the Valerie Bertinelli “oops” and didn’t stop. I, too, was a Parker Stevenson fan. And I learned about the Shaun/Oprah connection. So…what’s not to love about this post? I laughed, I related, I learned a few things. I thank you!

  11. Don’t hate me, but I’ve never seen the Hardy Boys. I’m so not with the program I thought there was a movie, but it was Starsky and Hutch that I was thinking of.

    Peace offering? Cupcake? 😉

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  13. The Dirty Heads? Love!! Sound a little like Sublime and 311 – I’m going to check them out more. I am old enough to get all of the references and my adult self questions my young crush on Shaun, too. Parker was smoking’ – I just didn’t know it. I can’t get myself together enough to make a list for this week, but I will next week. Looking forward to it!!

  14. I have to admit, I was fairly obsessed with Nancy Drew — read them ALL — but I didn’t read or watch the Hardy Boys. I guess I’m not quite 40, so maybe you can forgive me?

    Love CSN!!! I’m going to join you in that resolution. More CSN! More CSN!

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