Bruce Springsteen’s sister appeared on ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’
Yes, Pamela Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen’s little sister, was in the 1982 teen classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”.
Pamela, then 19, played a Ridgemont High cheerleader with an overabundance of school spirit. Bruce referred to the film during the Wednesday May 26th broadcast of his show “From My Home To Yours” on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio channel. The theme of the show was “Radio, Radio”. The “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” reference appeared when Bruce played the Ravyn’s “Raised on the Radio” power-pop recorder.
“The Ravyns, RAVYNS, with the lovely ‘Raised on the Radio’,” Bruce said. “Now the Ravyns were from Baltimore, and were best known for this record, cut in 1982 and featured on the ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack’ – a movie that also starred my fabulous little sister Pam.
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“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold and Sean Penn performed, and Nicolas Cage, Eric Stoltz and Forest Whitaker also appeared on “Fast Times,” largely as strangers early in their careers.
(Pamela and Penn were romantically involved at the time. Penn later stated that his film, “The Indian Runner,” his directorial debut, was inspired by the Boss song “Highway Patrolman” from the album “Nebraska”.)
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Pamela had a very active career as an actress in the 80s. She has appeared in movies, TV shows and even a music video, as a “street dancer” in “What’s Love Got To Do with It ”by Tina Turner, according to imdb.com. She is also certified as a “Scream Queen”, thanks to her leading roles in “Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers” in 1988 and “Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland” in 1989.
As Angela Baker, “she played such a crazy character, but you just had to love her!” This is how Horrorsociety.com referred to it.
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After acting, Pamela became a brand photographer. She’s shot album covers for everyone from Merle Haggard to Ice Cube.
On “Radio, Radio,” Bruce celebrated New York’s AM radio in the 1950s and 1960s. He grew up a Cousin Brucie fan, listening to Cuz in his Freehold home.
“Before cable, before satellite, before popular music prevailed in the New York area, you had a choice of two – two AM radio stations. And for teenagers, a listening device: the Japanese-made transistor radio, ”Springsteen said during the show’s introduction. “It was about the size of your iPhone. The transistor was your only connection to the rocking and swinging sounds and culture that were among teens around the world in the 50’s and 60’s. WMCA and WABC were our two stations. I jumped in between, favoring ABC with gold-spinning cousin Bruce Morrow.
Cousin Brucie recently returned to WABC, which has had a conversation format for the past decades. His “Cousin Brucie Saturday Night Rock & Roll Party” airs from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturdays. If you like the songs, especially the old ones that Springsteen plays on “From My Home to Yours,” you’ll get a kick out of Cousin Brucie’s new show. Post it on www.wabcradio.com.
“The power and importance of my radio cannot be overstated,” Springsteen said on Wednesday’s show. “I lived with it, put it in my satchel during the day and hid it under my pillow at all hours of the night. That, that, that music, was something worth experiencing. It spoke to me. There were people who knew and respected who I was and who I wanted to be. There I was able to find the answer to the one question that my dead little town couldn’t afford to ask: is there anyone alive there!
“Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio” by the Ramones
“Radio Nowhere” by Bruce Springsteen
“Radio, Radio” by Elvis Costello
“Raised on the radio” by the Ravyns
“It’s on the radio” by the Nines
“My Big Sister’s Radio” by The Mighty Mike Schermer Band
“You Turn Me On I’m A Radio” by Joni Mitchell
“Hey Mr. DJ” by Van Morrison
“Border Radio” by the Blasters
“Mohammed’s Radio” by Warren Zevon
“That’s why God made the radio” and Beach Boys radio jingles
“Save My Love” by Bruce Springsteen
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Chris Jordan, originally from Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network, New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]