Even Stevens

Season 3 Episode 5

Band on the Roof

Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM May 03, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Band on the Roof
In the form of a "rockumentary" directed by Tom Gribalski, we witness the ups and downs of the Twitty-Stevens Connection, the rock band featuring Alan Twitty on guitar, Louis Stevens on drums, Ren Stevens on vocals, Tawny Dean on keyboards, and Artie Ryan on bass, who is replaced by Beans.moreless

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  • Another perfect day!!! I love this episode!! I already have my DVR set to record it when it comes on again!! "Hit the snooze button twice...It's way too early!!" Definitely a classic Even Stevens episode!!moreless

    In order to take the Twitty/Stevens Connection to the next level, Louis thinks they should do a spur of the moment surprise concert. What better place to do something you shouldn't be doing that the roof of the school!! Ren & Louis get closer as brother and sister in this episode. Everyone from Donnie to Tawny get freaked out as a result especially when Louis starts calling Ren "Sis". It is such a great rockumentary done by Tom and I love watching this episode every time it comes on. Ren finally does nothing out of character and she is happy she did so.moreless
Alexa Nikolas

Alexa Nikolas

Young Ren

Guest Star

Fred Meyers

Fred Meyers


Recurring Role

Jim Wise

Jim Wise

Coach Tugnut

Recurring Role

George Anthony Bell

George Anthony Bell

Conrad Wexler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Artie Ryan: I was thinking about quitting the band anyway. I didn't like the direction it was going .. nowhere!

    • Louis: (Ren is against the plan because it's against school policy) Jiminy H. Cricket III, Junior, Ren! We're not robbing a bank! We're singing on the roof!

    • Ren: Hey! The only person who's allowed to call my brother a doofus is me!
      Louis: Yeah, and if I'm a doofus, I'd rather she'd call me it!

    • Louis: (answering a pay phone on the school roof) Roof!

    • Louis: What's livin' if you never pull your shorts down and slide on the ice, Ren?

    • Lyrics to the song "Perfect Day":

      Can't get outta my bed, (I know the feelin')
      Alarm clock next to my head (a-ring-a-ding-a-ling)
      I want to sleep instead of dealing with schoooool
      Hit the snooze button twice (Its way to early)
      Showers cold as ice (ch-ch-ch-chilly)
      spilled my crispy rice thats so uncool

      Ruined my skirt and my feet kinda hurt
      cause im wearing two left shoes
      (wearing two left shoes)

      Got a new zit, but I aint gonna quit
      I know how to beat these blues!
      I just close my eyes and say
      another perfect day (day)
      and all my troubles just go away
      another perfect day
      another perfect day

      My school work resembles a mountain
      I just close my eyes and say
      another perfect day (day)
      and all my troubles just go away
      another perfect day
      another perfect day.

  • NOTES (3)

    • John Coda, who writes most of the music for the series, is credited with writing the songs for this episode.

    • For the first time, the opening sequence credits (director, writer, co-stars Margo Harshman and A.J. Trauth, etc.) are moved to the end of the show, since the episode opens with credits for Tom's "rockumentary."

    • The opening sequences feature some footage from a previous episode, "The Battle of the Bands."


    • The instrumental and gender lineup of the Twitty-Stevens Connection is the same as the most successful lineup of the Hall-of-Fame rock band Fleetwood Mac (male guitarist, bass player and drummer; female singer and keyboard player).

    • "Band on the Roof" is an allusion to a Beatles song and their bandmate Paul McCartney also rerecorded it. The song is called 'Band on the Run'.

    • Louis: What's livin' if you never pull your shorts down and slide on the ice, Ren?

      Louis claims to have heard this quote from his uncle, but it actually originated on the classic TV comedy series M*A*S*H (1972-83). On that show, the recurring character Dr. Sidney Freenman (played by Allan Arbus), an army pyschatrist, once said, "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice."

    • Tawny: So did U2!

      In March 1987, U2 had just released their album The Joshua Tree which would top the U.S. charts for nine weeks and they were rapidly becoming the world's hottest rock band. On the 27th of that month, the group went to downtown Los Angeles to shoot a video for their song "Where the Streets Have No Name" on the rooftop of a store. When radio stations broadcast the news of the video shoot, thousands and thousands of people rushed to the scene, causing the police to shut down the production. But before they could do that, the band started into the song and performed it for the cameras and for the waiting crowd below. The video of this event, which features footage of a stern police official telling the crew that there would be no filming that day, helped to contribute to U2's image as a "people's" band and the song became the third hit single from the album.

    • Twitty: You know what dude, that's not a bad idea, 'cause the Beatles did a free concert on the roof once!

      On January 30, 1969, the Beatles were beginning to fall apart as a group, but they were working on a film project about the making of a new album. On that day they took some equipment up to the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters building at 3 Savile Row in London and with Billy Preston assisting them on keyboards, they played a brief set of five songs, one of them twice. This was the last time the group ever played live together and it was the first time they'd played live since the end of their last American tour in San Francisco on August 29, 1966. Their audience consisted of startled passers-by on the street below. A neighboring bank called the police to complain about the noise, and the impromptu concert was shut down after 42 minutes. The event was filmed and put into the movie Let It Be. It was released in May 1970, as was the Beatles album of the same name.

    • Louis: Beans is like that policeman in Terminator 2...

      Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the 1991 sequel to the very popular movie The Teminator (1984), both starring Arnold Scwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. Louis is referring to a shape-shifting cyborg character who could flow under doors, through keyholes, etc.