Al Bundie's Army Marches On
Local Pop-Punk band writes an ode to a "Saved by the Bell" character and uses nostalgia as a muse.
A local band has articulated the love every boy of a certain age felt for Kelly Kapowski.
Al Bundie’s Army jams-out the song “Kelly’s Kapowski,” about a Saved by the Bell character with the same name, in a non-descript Maryland Heights home. The band’s lead singer, Todd Parker, owns the home with his sister. He and his band mates Kenny Joslen (guitar, backing vocals), Sam Evans (bass, backing vocals) and Chris “Shofa” Schorfheide (drums) will perform at Lemmons at 8 p.m. on June 8.
Their song catalog is littered with pop-culture references from the 80s and 90s. They have a song, “Molly,” about an actress from the Halloween movies and the TV show Roseanne. Another song, “The Girl Behind the Deli,” starts out with a quote from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
But audiences won’t always get the references, Evans said. For instance, some younger listeners won’t know Al Bundie is the lead character from the sitcom Married...With Children.
But more mature listeners understand the references. Listeners in their 40s will come up to the musicians and tell them they enjoyed the shout-outs to nostalgic pop-culture.
Parker, who is 28, said it’s a sign he’s getting older.
The four musicians came together about a year ago when they recorded “Robopop.” The album took six days to finish, Parker said, with some in-fighting between bandmates thrown in.
But the infighting is good, Parker said. They’re all friends and want what’s best for the band.
Since then they’ve performed about once every two weeks, with some breaks. They’ll play next with their sister band, Six Gun Salvation, the alternative band Gubenthal and a touring punk band from New York.
While the band’s TV and movie references may go over the heads of some of their audience members, the musicians are happy people enjoy their work.
“People who are into it are into it,” Parker said, “and we’re glad they are.”
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