Jesse was the hard-rocking, heartthrob who gave up his dreams of rock n’ roll stardom to help his brother-in-law raise his three daughters.
“Uncle Jesse” gave us quite a rich catalog of cultural catch-phrases that people still use to this day. I mean, you realize, of course, that Uncle Jesse gave us the phrase bad-hair-day. The man was a trail-blazer, to be sure.
But since I’ve been watching the show for a few months now, I submit that Jesse Katsopolis was years…decades…ahead of his time. He was a hipster.
- Nobody rocked a cleaner, deeper V-neck that Uncle Jesse. Seriously…go back and look. This guy owned the v-neck and he pulled it off. Granted, he usually added a long gold cross necklace to the wardrobe, but the V was deep. Hipster.
- Vests. Yes, yes, vests were big in the 80’s, but typically only on stages. It was rare back then to see a grown man wearing a tiny leather vest in his normal everyday duties. Hipster.
- I’m not sure when it happened, but there was a period in the show where Jesse wore suspenders. Maybe it was supposed to be his “preppy” phase? Unfortunately, these suspenders made him look like a weirdo, but Jesse didn’t care what people thought of his suspenders. Hipster.
- He had a really long-hair phase followed by a really short-hair phase. Hipster.
- He rapped. Don’t believe me? When and Joey started their own advertising company, quite a few of their commercial ideas were raps in the early stages before they ended up finding the hook. And what trendy young-adult of today hasn’t delved into rap at some point? Hipster.
A few tidbits
*Did you know that Full House ran from 1987 to 1995? That’s the year I graduated high school and I can tell you that I had no idea the show was still on at that point. Granted, it was 16-years ago, so I might have forgotten some stuff.
*Even though Jesse was supposed to be a “rocker”, any cover tunes he ever played on the show were old rock songs from the 60’s. Weird to see this bad-to-the-bone character rocking out to “Rockin’ Robin”. Family safe, for sure.