Millennials still wipe tears from their eyes after a recent video appeared on Twitter of Steve Burns, the original Nickelodeon series host Blue indices. In the video message, Burns comes to us as if he is a long lost big brother who has been in college for all these years, embracing us with a warm collective hug. Burns hosted the series for 100 episodes, from 1996 to 2002. In the video, which was in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary, Burns says, âWe started with clues. And now what is it? Student loans and jobs and families. And some of it was a bit difficult, you know? ”
We know, Steve. We know all too well.
What some of us didn’t know, or perhaps would have just forgotten in all these years, is that our adorable, childish detective friend was working on a music career while he was “in college” and was even playing a concert at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. in Denton in 2003, just around the time we mystery fans were starting to grow.
Some remember the show as a sold-out set of shoes seen through a haze of cigarette smoke. In nostalgia, watch a 21-second clip of the show in a YouTube video with Burns singing “Mighty Little Man,” a song from his debut indie rock album. Songs for dust mites.
Although Burns’ professional music career has remained under the radar since his debut in the early 2000s (in his own words, he was part of a “Morrissey scam gang” in high school), he could very well have Hadn’t being known for his musical talent alone become a successful children’s television host. He even collaborated with Steven Drozd of Flaming Lips on several projects, including this debut album in 2003.
ForkThe album review states: “Songs for dust mites manages to stay true to Burns’ legacy as a children’s host despite having produced a shameless adult record that deals with familiar themes of love and loss. (Speaking of adult themes, apparently moms coveted him a lot, and he was even voted one of the 100 Most Eligible Singles in People revised in 2000.)
As college kids spread rumors around the schoolyard – apparently to resolve the confusion behind his sudden departure from Blue indices – from Burns dying of a heroin overdose or killed in a car crash, he and Drozd were busy in the studio making music that we weren’t ready to fully enjoy yet.
Seven years after its first release, Burns and Drozd joined Ryan Smith from indie / electronica group A Million Billion to form Steve Burns and the Struggle. They released the dream-pop record High seas recovery efforts in 2009 to critical acclaim, although it never enjoyed huge commercial popularity (you can listen to the entire album on YouTube).
Burns hasn’t completely given up on his appeal to children, however. He and Drozd have also formed the STEVENSTEVEN duo, making music for all ages with themes ranging from unicorn romance to poo. They cited influences like Dr. Seuss, fairy tales and David Bowie. (See the colorful video for âThe Unicorn and the Rainbow Princess.â)
But as Burns tidied up his things and left his cartoon playhouse 19 years ago, we flourishing children were about to experience new and difficult realities; we had just witnessed the worst terrorist attack on our country, suffered the effects of the recession as we entered college and now feel the darkness of a pandemic as we start families and raise children.
So we say to our long lost TV friend: Turn your video message of encouragement and support into one of your shoegaze-y love songs so we can play it over and over in our car while crying knowing that after all these years someone was thinking of us.