Even Stevens

Season 1 Episode 14

Battle of the Bands

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Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Nov 24, 2000 on Disney Channel
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Battle of the Bands
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Louis forms his own band after being out voted to let Ren onto Twitty's band so the two battle it out in the competition.

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    Chase Penny

    Chase Penny

    Jason Bagwell

    Guest Star

    Stevie Acuna

    Stevie Acuna

    Singer

    Guest Star

    Molly Brenner

    Molly Brenner

    Punk Singer

    Guest Star

    Jerry Messing

    Jerry Messing

    Artie Ryan

    Recurring Role

    Fred Meyers

    Fred Meyers

    Tom

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Before Ren eats a 'gooey gobbler' you can see the sandwich has a small nibble taken out of it from a previous take.

      • Near the end of the episode, the group plays at a little kid's birthday party. There are two microphones, one for Ren, and one for Tawny, yet, Tawny never sings, she just dances.

      • During the tryouts for singer, the drummer is obviously not really striking the drums, and a drum part is dubbed in. This "goof" can be seen hundreds of times in TV shows and movies, since drums are usually re-recorded because they're such a LOUD instrument and upset the audio balance.

    • QUOTES (7)

    • NOTES (4)

      • First episode not to have all the Stevens in it. First time that Mr. and Mrs. Stevens do not appear.

      • The romantic "love theme" that's heard playing when Ren sees Jason Bagwell also resurfaces when she has a crush on Bobby Deaver in the episodes "Movie Madness" and "Strictly Ballrom."

      • Sarah Dalton Donlan, who plays one of the auditioning singers, is one of the show's casting directors.

      • Christy Romano (Ren), A.J. Trauth (Twitty) and several other actors take turns singing "Sacramento Girl," an original song which returns later in the second season opener, "Starstruck."

    • ALLUSIONS (8)

      • At the birthday party gig, Louis requests that people "stay off the towers." This was a frequent announcement from the stage at the original 'Woodstock' festival in 1969 (as seen in the documentary film Woodstock).

      • The name of Twitty's band, "The Alan Twitty Project," is an allusion to the real-life band, The Alan Parsons Project, while the name of Louis' band, the "Louis Stevens Experience," is an allusion to the real-life band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

      • The Alan Twitty Project: Song played to compete with Louis.

        When Ren and Louis are competing for the loudest band, the song that The Alan Twitty Project plays seems to be an imitation of the mid-90s hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

      • Louis: The Voting.

        When Louis forces the members of The Alan Twitty Project to cast their votes for whether Ren should stay in the band or be kicked out, this is a spoof of the Survivor "voting off the island" complete with music, the writing of the names on the scroll and the band members turning off the lights on Louis after he is kicked off (much like the eliminated Survivor's torch being snuffed out).

      • Louis: Giving speech at awards ceremony.

        When Louis fantasizes about winning an award as the manager for the Alan Twitty Project, the two women next to him are dressed in an imitation of Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears. The girl on the left is wearing an imitation of an extremely controversial (and revealing) dress that Jennifer Lopez wore to an awards ceremony, while the girl on the right is wearing the Catholic school girl outfit that Britney Spears wore in her video for "Hit Me Baby One More Time."

      • Louis: Keep fear alive.

        Louis puts a twist on a slogan popularized by the political activist Rev. Jesse Jackson: "Keep hope alive!"

      • Louis: "You look like Sisqo!"
        Sisqo was a member of the successful R&B/rap group Dru Hill in the late 1990s. In 2000, he had a monster hit with "Thong Song." Louis says the above to Artie Ryan after Ren dyes Artie's hair. It's a reference to Sisqo's own often-dyed coiffure.

      • Twitty: "...Crosby, Stills...and that other old guy."
        Twitty means Graham Nash, who teamed with Stephen Stills and David Crosby to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. At first they weren't exactly considered a supergroup, though they all came from successful rock bands (the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, respectively). But soon after its release their album was high on the charts (it reached #6 during a two-year stay) and all over the radio, helped along by an appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Later Neil Young, another former member of Buffalo Springfield, joined, and the group attained tremendously popularity. The "old guy" was 59 when this episode first aired.

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