04q: Tom Brady / Beck
Behind The Music: The Super Bowl Shuffle
Written by: Rich Talarico
Jim McMahon....Tom Brady
William "The Refrigerator" Perry....Kenan Thompson
Willie Gault....Finesse Mitchell
Mike Ditka....Horatio Sanz
Bear Teammate....Rob Riggle
Cowbell Bear Teammate....Jason Sudeikis
Steve Fuller (#4).....Joe Kelly
Off Camera Interviewer....Chris Parnell
[Opens with montage of photos. Mike Ditka being
carried up in arms by his team, the Chicago Bears.
Photos of football players in action]
Announcer: The 1985 Chicago Bears were one of the best
teams in football history with an impressive 15-1
record. But off the field something else was
[VH-1 Behind the Music Montage and Logo. The Super Bowl Shuffle]
[The whole Chicago Bears football team is dressed up
in their football jerseys. Up front is Jim McMahon
with his dark sunglasses and white bandanna,by his
side is William "The Refrigerator" Perry and Willie Gault]
All: [rapping]We are the Bears shuffling crew/shuffle
on down/doing it for you/We're so bad/You know we're
good/Blow your mind/like we knew we could/We just here
strutting for fun/strutting our stuff for
everyone/we're not here to start no trouble/we're just
here doing the Super Bowl Shuffle.
[Map of Chicago]
Announcer: The Super Bowl Shuffle was one of the most
popular songs ever recorded by a professional sports
team in the Chicago area. The shuffling crew had
skyrocketed to the top of the charts. [Billboard Chart
shows The Super Bowl Shuffle at number one, beating
out Lionel Richie's "Say you, say me", Bruce
Springsteen's "Glory Days", Paul Young's "Every time
you go away"]. Overnight the Chicago Bears went from
being famous to being famous for a completely
different reason. Bears Quarterback Jim McMahon.
Caption: Jim McMahon Quarterback/Vocals
[Cut to Jim talking in a recording studio, sunglasses,
bandanna, number 9 jersey]
Jim McMahon: See, you got to remember, this was 1985.
And nobody -- and I mean nobody -- was doing rap back then.
Off Camera Interviewer: What about the Sugar Hill
gang? Grandmaster Flash? Run DMC?
Jim McMahon: Hey, hey, hey. Stop correcting me every
time I say something wrong. Cause if you do that we're gonna be here forever.
Announcer: Defensive tackle, William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
Caption: Defensive tackle/Vocals William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
[Perry is in his Subway restaurant uniform, behind the
counter making a sandwich]
William "The Refrigerator" Perry: Man, when we wrote
"Shuffle" the planets aligned.[to an off camera
customer]White or wheat, boss? Ok. The music flowed
from us like a fountain. [to his off camera
customer]Onions? Pickles? Ok. We surrendered our
individuality and became one with the music. I mean,
we were gods.[to his off camera customer]Chips and a
drink? Make that a meal? Ok.
Announcer: Wide receiver, Willie Gault.[He's chillin' in a sofa]
Caption: Wide Receiver/Vocals Willie Gault
Willie Gault: Well, you know, we weren't your typical
band. I mean, come on, we had one guitar, one
saxophone, a cowbell, a conga drum and 27 vocalists.
12 of them couldn't sing and 5 out of the 12 couldn't
even read. But somehow we made it all work.
Announcer: Coach Mike Ditka.
Caption: Mike Ditka Bears Coach 1982-1992
[He's in a Sports Bar, beer in front of him]
Mike Ditka: 1985. Well, that's going back a long way.
The Chicago Bears played great football. Let me tell
ya', they made some great music, that was 20 years
ago. Now, I got a little older, certain parts don't
work you know, like they used to. So, you got to take
some pills to make them work. That's why I use
Levitra.[holds up a little packet] Levitra, the only
male erectile disfunction that I use---
Off Camera Interviewer: I'm sorry, Coach. This isn't a Levitra ad.
Mike Ditka: [surprised] Why do I have a boner?
[Shot of an empty football field]
Announcer: The Bears blew off training camp to get
back to the studio.[Shot of Jim and Willie writing in
the recording studio, Perry is opening a Coke.] The
pressure to write a follow-up single was overwhelming
and a few months later The Shuffling Crew released
"The Stay in School Shuffle".
[Shot of Jim, Perry and Willie with headphones singing
into microphones in the recording studio]
[Shot of a tape. The Shuffling Crew. "The Stay in School Shuffle"]
[All the team wears graduation hats, guy with cowbell
and glasses is more prominent now]
All: [rapping]We are the Bears/ shuffling through/
shuffling down/doing it for you/ we're so bad/ you
know we're good/ blow your mind like we knew we
could/you know we're just here strutting our stuff/
strutting our stuff for everyone/we're not here to
start no trouble/ we're just here doing The Stay in
[Billboard Chart shows "The Stay in School Shuffle"
low numbers. It is between Taco's "Puttin on the
Ritz's(part 2)" and Eddie Murphy's "Party All The Time"]
Announcer: Although a critical success "The Stay in
School Shuffle" was a commercial disappointment and
never reached higher than 288 on the Billboard Charts.
The night life and parties of the rock stars
Bears[Jim, Perry and Willie drink champagne in a
disco]was in direct competition with the disciplined
athlete Bears.[Jim, Perry, Willie and others party
with Pee-Wee Herman and have their picture taken with
Punky Brewster]On and off the field things were
falling apart. Then, they hit rock bottom.[ Jim, Perry
and Co. have their picture taken with Corey Feldman
[Cut to Jim]
Jim McMahon: It was a Sunday, November 27th. We had a
big game against The Vikings. We were down 42 to 3 and
we went out to perform "The Stay in School Shuffle" as
part of our own half-time show. People were throwing
brats at us and for a Chicago dude to give up the
sausage? You know its bad.[cries]I'm sorry. I need a
Announcer: But then amazingly, to everyone's surprise
Jim McMahon had broken through rock bottom to an even
lower rock bottom, a subterranean trench, a personal
and professional abyss[Jim takes off his sunglasses
only to reveal another pair of sunglasses
underneath]when he put out his own solo song "The Say
No To Drugs Shuffle".
[Tape of The Chicago Bears Shuffling Crew. "The Say No
to Drugs Shuffle".]
[Jim is all alone with the cowbell guy. Cowbell guy
dances with great enthusiasm]
Jim McMahon:[rapping]I am the Bears Shuffling Guy/
shuffling down/ don't ask me why/ I'm so bad/you know
I'm good/ Blowin' your mind like you know I would/ you
know I'm just strutting for fun/ strutting my stuff
for everyone/ I'm not here to cause no trouble/ I'm
just here to do "The Say No To Drugs Shuffle"!
[Jim and the cowbell guy are back to back, cowbell guy
points his stick to the camera]
[Photos of Jim, Perry and Willie]
Announcer: Jim McMahon and the rest of The Shuffling
Crew left music after their brief 2 year career. The
Bears would never return to The Super Bowl nor the
Grammy's but we'll always have the videotapes of The
Super Bowl Shuffle.
[VH-1 Behind The Music logo. The Super Bowl Shuffle]
[cheers and applause]
Submitted by: Waldo San Miguel