Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West (1982)
Word association time.
I say Preppy, you think ___________.
Did you say Zack Morris? If so, chances are we already get along just fine.*
I try to avoid judging books by covers but considering the band name and youthful, often sweater-clad band members, it seemed like the style was an important part of the Pelican West package.
On the front cover at least, none of the six members opted for the sweater tied-around-the-shoulders-look. Regardless, if I’m not mistaken, the term ‘preppy’ was and would continue to be an appropriate style description of the lads in Haircut One Hundred (H100). Without meaning to be overly insulting or complimentary, the gentleman on the top left looks like he could have been Zack’s cool, older British cousin on a bottle episode of Saved By The Bell (SBTB).
Pelican West actually reminded me a bit of the appeal of SBTB: it was instantly accessible, feel-good fun. Just like I prefer SBTB in self-contained episodes, H100 is effective in half-hour-ish installments like this one. Those who grew up with H100 were probably quite pleased when the group recently reunited, much like the buzz that inevitably accompanies SBTB retrospectives.
Finally, Pelican West sounds & looks like the 80s, but holds up well.
Much like Zack Morris in this video from 2009 – still, remarkably I might add, looking & sounding exactly like he did decades ago!
(YouTube alas did not deliver a decent quality video, apparently wimp.com is now the destination for hidden world wide web gems)
* I briefly contemplated a follow-up association, I say AC, you say _____. Although I immediately jumped to ‘Slater,’ I realized I overlooked AC (lightning bolt) DC, Air Conditioning, and Alternating Current among other logical options…I began to question my life choices that led to Mario Lopez’s acid-washed jeans reaching top-of-the-mind-awareness and decided to relegate the 2nd word association game to this long-winded footnote.