- Polaris (band)
Polaris was a one-off
musical project in the mid-1990s involving members of the New Haven indie rockband Miracle Legion. Mark Mulcahy, Spot "Scott" Boutier, and Dave McCaffreyperformed music for the Nickelodeon televisionshow " The Adventures of Pete & Pete" under the name Polaris because a fourth Miracle Legion member was not available at the time; occasional guests included Joyce Raskin, Dennis Kelly, and Buell Thomas.
Polaris performed many of the songs featured on the show, including the theme song, "
Hey Sandy", and its members took "TV names": Mulcahy was "Muggy", Boutier was "Jersey", and McCaffrey was "Harris Polaris." In addition to appearing in the opening credits of each show, the band featured prominently in the episode "A Hard Day's Pete", in which Little Pete ( Danny Tamberelli) is mesmerized by a garage band's song (Polaris' "Summerbaby") and forms his own band to keep the tune in his memory.
Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete", released in 1999 on Mulcahy's Mezzotint label, contains many of the songs Polaris recorded for the show and is the group's only albumrelease.
Polaris is thought to be named after the
UGM-27 Polarissubmarine-launched ballistic missiledesigned by the United Statesduring the Cold War. This is based on the introduction of the album version of "Hey Sandy", which mentions "Polaris" in this context.
* [http://www.mezzotint.com/ The Mezzotint Label] -
Record labelfor Polaris, Miracle Legion, and Mark Mulcahy
* [http://www.myspace.com/polarismezzotint MySpace Page] - Polaris Fan MySpace page
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