Monday lost and found: Rubber Rodeo 'Anywhere With You'
Even though Jurassic Park would not arrive until the ‘90s, America was crazy for dinosaurs in the ‘80s as exhibited by Rubber Rodeo's video for Anywhere With You. Rubber Rodeo was a new wave/country band from Rhode Island that got some promotion behind their first full length LP in 1984 called Scenic Views. They produced a long form video for the album which was nominated for a Grammy and had two videos pop up on MTV - The Hardest Thing and Anywhere With You, the later which reached No. 86 on the singles charts. The band was fronted by co-lead singers Trish Milliken and Bob Holmes, who are featured in the video and eventually married in real life.
Among the travels in the videos is a stop at the Cabazon Dinosaurs. The Cabazon Dinosaurs were hot in the ‘80s showing up in the video for Tears for Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World, gracing the cover on Tonio K's 1988 album Notes From A Lost Civilization and of course, Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The dinosaurs were built by restaurant owner Claude Bell in order to attract highway attention off I-10 to his Wheel Inn Café. The T-Rex, named Mr. Rex, is a walk-in 150-ton creature that took eleven years to build. In 1981, construction began on the brontosaurus, named Dinny the Dinosaur.
Rubber Rodeo broke up after their follow up album tanked and eventually Milliken and Holmes divorced in the ‘90s. While the band is extinct, we'll always have the Rubber Rodeo videos that feature Pedal Steel player Mark Tomeo's who sports a ‘stache that might even best Tom Selleck or John Oates as furriest caterpillar of the ‘80s.