Blast from the Past: The 80s Syracuse Band Song Featured on ‘Young Sheldon’ TV Show


Syracuse fans of “Young Sheldon” heard a blast from the past last night.

Thursday night’s episode of the CBS television show featured a song by local ’80s power-pop band Screen Test, called “Make Something Happen.” The track plays in the background during a bar scene as actresses Annie Potts and Reba McEntire talk.

“If you have the CBS streaming app, or recorded it on DVR, just turn it up then and you’ll hear it,” Screen Test member Gary Frenay wrote on Facebook. “We think the check from CBS will more than make up for the lack of volume in our song!

The song was actually recorded in 1985, but matches “Young Sheldon” as the series is a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory”, following Sheldon Cooper (originally played by Jim Parsons) as a young child genius (Iain Armitage) growing up in the 80s and 90s. Screen Test reissued “Make Something Happen”, written by Frenay, on the 2018 release, “Through The Past Brightly”.

Frenay formed pop-rock band Screen Test in Syracuse in 1980 with Arty Lenin and Tommy Allen, after Syracuse-based new wave band The Flashcubes disbanded. Screen Test played together for six years, opening bands like U2 and Bryan Setzer, and even appearing on MTV’s “The Basement Tapes.”

Frenay, a two-time Syracuse Area Music Hall of Famer, has also performed locally with artists like the Salt City Waltz Ensemble, the Neverly Brothers Band and Beatles tribute band the FabCats.

“Young Sheldon” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS. The episode with the Screen Test song is available on demand on and CBS All-Access.


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