The fireworks of summer are over, but today we bring the boom with Tom Teeley and the fun A Rocket and a Roman Candle.
Tom Teeley got a small amount of play on MTV in 1984 with A Rocket And A Roman Candle that showcases his native New York City. The video is chock full of cameos starting with Marshall Crenshaw as the fruit vendor before heading to the dirty subways of NYC with Guardian Angel founder Curtis Swila and his trademark red beret. Along the streets he is flanked by electronics pitchman Crazy Eddie before encountering balloon salesman Larry Bud Melman (Calvin DeForest on Late Night with David Letterman). Toss in some Jewish break dancers and businessman playing the drums on trash cans and you have the flavor of New York City in the '80s.
While Teeley's solo music career never panned out he enjoyed a successful run as George Harrison in the cast of Broadway's Beatlemania and even played Harrison in the 1981 movie of Beatlemania. Teeley also has a cameo as a band member along side Marshall Crenshaw in Peggy Sue Got Married. http://www.tomteeley.com/