You Make Me Woof My Cookies

Houston TeenCon

As has been chronicled on this blog, and has been discussed at every book event I’ve done, the musical backdrop for The Scar Boys comes from my time playing guitar and singing background vocals in the 80s punk pop band, Woofing Cookies. We were weren’t even a pixel on a blip on the radar of 1980s music, but who cares, we had fun.

Natalie, a reader I met at the Houston TeenCon — which was an awesome event — asked me this: “How did Woofing Cookies get its name?”

“It came from this movie called Times Square,” I answered. “It’s a long-forgotten film about two girls who run away to New York to start a punk band. At one point in the movie, one of the girls says ‘you make me woof my cookies.’ For some reason, my friends and I thought this was really, really funny.”

I didn’t remember the context in the movie in which the line was uttered, and wasn’t even sure I’d correctly conveyed the basics of the plot. Memory gets fuzzy as you get older.

So imagine my surprise and delight when Natalie sent me a clip of the song “Your Daughter Is One” from Times Square. It’s in the middle of this very irreverent song (a song that might be offensive to some, but that really brilliantly skewers hypocritical older establishmentites) that the line in question is delivered (by actress Robin Johnson — or at least I think that’s actress Robin Johnson).

Thank you Natalie for unearthing this rare 1980 clip. You rock!

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