Just in case you forgot…
European Howdy Doody puppets. Two people dressed like 1970s Muppets. A guy who looks like the human version of Sweetums from the Muppets. Children. Dancing. Two Muppet references in one paragraph.
I don’t smoke anything, but I’m convinced I had my one millionth contact high from what I just watched.
I was at my boyfriend’s the other night. We were on our laptops while watching TV, just chilling after a nice dinner out.
And then he wanted me to see this You Tube video.
Give him some credit, I’m usually the one digging these esoteric finds up.
What he showed me was the 1972 song/video “How Do You Do,” by Willem “Big Mouth” Duyn and Maggie McNeal (born Sjoukje van’t Spijker). I don’t need any further reason to believe the 1970’s weren’t the ultimate drug fest they prove to be in retrospect. I’ve seen the catalyst.
There is so much happening in this video, I don’t want to believe it is real.
All ages allowed. No discrimination here!
European Howdy Doody…whom Mouth promptly dumps alcohol into the mouth of…
Mouth and MacNeal feeding some woman lying on stools, as spectators…spectate and sing along.
And more crowds!! These lovely people get up and start doing the dance of the Satanic Ritual…I mean, they’re jumping up and down, while cheerfully singing “Na-na-na-na-na-na! This is what I’m living for!”
Didn’t anyone ever tell these kind people that groupthink is a dangerous, dangerous mentality?
But who cares? This is what they’re living for!
And the puppet has stolen her soul.
But this is what she’s living for!
If this is what passed as Europe’s highest form of entertainment in the 1970s, I’m beginning to understand the “Trololo” phenomenon/fascination/fetish/horror.
And if you really think I’m going to let you get away without seeing Exhibit Number 1…my boyfriend didn’t let me get away, and you’re not getting off easy.
Torture. This is what I’m living for!
Uploaded by fritz51177…because Fritz can!
This is what he’s living for!
Ok, I’ll stop!
Allison was swept up in the whole “Trololo” fascination of the early 2010s (thanks to Family Guy), and she has listened to it countless times. She even used to listen to it on Tuesday and refer to the day as “Trololo Tuesdays.” She didn’t even know this song (or group) existed until this past weekend. This is what she’s living for…you reading her other stuff over on Allison’s Written Words, following her blog on Facebook, and finding her on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
So sing “na-na, na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na!” and revel in the glory of 1970s European Awesomeness. Which is like 1970s Awesomeness, but European!
Living. Catch the enthusiasm!
One of my favorite hobbies (aside from writing, of course) is making music videos featuring clips from movies or television shows, set to songs we all know and love. I’ve been doing this for about nine years, starting with a Phil Hartman tribute I made in 2007 (it’s not uploaded anywhere). Between 2013 and 2015, I made three separate music videos for the show Stargate SG-1 and submitted them for Creation Entertainment’s music video contest. I won the first two times, and just when I thought three times was the charm, I didn’t win last year. A year later, I’m still surprised.
Uploaded by Allison Venezio
It was hilarious, at least in my opinion.
Last night, I was working on my Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday videos, when one of my great ideas struck me. I hadn’t made a music video in a while, and I had Mr. Roboto by Styx primed as the theme song for the week’s videos, so why not expand upon that and feature clips from all the Robot Toy commercials from 1001 Classic Commercials?
So, um, this happened.
Uploaded by Allison Venezio
The commercials featured in this video are for The Ding-A-Lings, Robot Commander, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, and The Zeroids. I think you’ll agree the song timing and some of the visuals really worked well together. If you’ve ever had a moment where everything clicked and reacted with very loud (and very geeky) jubilation…oh, that’s just me.
If you’d like to see some of my editing skills at work, check out my You Tube Channel!
And if you’d like to see ALL of my Stargate SG-1 videos, click play below! There was a moment of excited geeking out in all of these videos. You’ll see why!
Allison loves to experiment with music and video to make creative and quirky music videos. She especially loves making Stargate SG-1 videos, but has also worked with other clips, and even made a 49-second music video as an “experiment.” If you like her work, you can find her at Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and find her on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
Colonel Jack O’Neill is her favorite music video subject.
Sure you will. The look may be different, but the sound…it’s still glorious.
So, you probably read that article/fawning I wrote about the time Kenny Loggins and David Foster bragged about their songwriting prowess when it came to Loggins’ 1985 single “Forever.” And if you’re like me, you watched the source material video at least twice.
Don’t judge me!
If you haven’t seen this concert, there’s actually a song Loggins sang prior to bringing down the house with that incredible high note, and yes, it’s an equally good song to “Forever.”
Loggins performed his 1982 song “Heart to Heart” as the first part of his set during Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends.I won’t bore you with the details of the song itself (I wrote about it last year over on my blog – feel free to take a look at that post), but I will show you Loggins nailing it almost thirty years later…and live!
For the uninitiated/Non-Kenny Loggins fans among us, “Heart to Heart” is from his 1982 album “High Adventure,” where it was cool to look like Indiana Jones crossed with Dennis Miller.
And while the live version isn’t as great as the studio version, I only blame the lack of Michael McDonald backup vocals.
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But what it has is plenty of Loggins proving he still has it. He takes the song and totally feels the music. I expect conviction with nothing less than what any great artist can give,
You know what else this clip has? This husband and wife.
Conviction. Catch the excitement!
And you know who else is feeling it?
Kenny G and his sax. And the guy sitting behind Kenny G…and his sax.
Loggins also sang this song live with another famous face – and the guy behind the backup vocals on the original version – Doobie Brother himself, Michael McDonald!
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This one is amazing and funny at the same time – they sound and look terrific together on stage, and it’s worth sticking around to watch Michael McDonald forget the words and acknowledge it, while Loggins just laughs.
I’ll admit, this is one of my favorite (or damn close to it) Kenny Loggins song, and no matter who is on backing vocals, it’s a great song. I love the peppiness and meaning of the song, and let’s face it, white people jamming in the audience at a concert make it…even more white.
Once more, with conviction!
Allison enjoys crafting these pieces with all the conviction of a white couple jamming in the audience at a David Foster concert. If you want to see more of that conviction, you can head on over to her blog, Allison’s Written Words, and you can also follow her blog on Facebook, and give her a tweet @AllisonGeeksOut.
She wrote this with conviction.
One of my favorite concerts that I haven’t been to (yes, you read that correctly) was David Foster’s Hit Man duo of concerts, filmed for PBS in 2008 and 2011 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, in which people parade in to perform their hits with David Foster, who is credited with helping their songs become just that – hits. Never is the nepotism level higher than a night of watching David Foster and Friends belt it out.
So it happened twice.
And it was AWESOME!
One thing about David Foster that I may have touched on when I wrote about his song Winter Games-several months ago is that this man is responsible for many songs you already know – he’s written for the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago (it really was the greatest concert I’ve actually been to), Michael Buble (seen him), Josh Groban (too expensive), Peter Cetera, Michael Bolton (mom saw him in concert), and Kenny Loggins.
Kenny Loggins, better known as “Allison’s OTHER Current Music Addiction.” And also what brings me to the topic of this article.
You’re probably thinking, “Oh thank goodness, she has a point!” and you’re right, I do!
For Christmas several years ago, I decided my mom was worthy of some David Foster CDs. My parents?had gotten me hooked on the music he had written (which apparently happened years ago, and without me knowing it), and both parents even got me to sit and watch his two concerts during a PBS pledge drive. As I recall, my dad stopped on the first concert because he saw Boz Scaggs singing, and he wanted to watch. We wound up sitting there for over two hours, getting caught up in the music. And when PBS aired their newest edition of this concert in 2011, I REALLY wanted to buy this for them.
Well, it turns out that as much as I love them, $250 pledged to my local PBS station (WHYY in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE) is more than my parents would ever let me spend on them for anything. So the following year, I hunted Amazon, and lo and behold, I found the $12 CD/DVD combination sets of both concerts.
My mom is a lucky woman, let me tell ya. She got these for Christmas that year. No pledge to PBS needed.
We’ve watched both concerts twice straight through – two-and-a-half solid hours of good music. I think I left the room once the last time we watched, and it was actually during a segment I didn’t need to see more than once. I was on the phone, so I don’t remember which one, so obviously it really wasn’t important.
Now, as the title suggests, this article is about Kenny Loggins. Loggins and Foster collaborated some years and several wives ago (who would of thought these talented men, one of well-written music, the other the king of 1980s soundtrack glory, would be married and divorced multiple times?!) on some pretty good songs. I have quite a few favorites from the Loggins Songbook of Awesome, but one of them is the 1985 song “Forever,” from the album Vox Humana?(which has this great title track I only “discovered” last year). The song was the second to be released from said album, and was yet another notch in the Top 40 belt of Kenny Loggins.
So I’m sure you’ve seen the music video for the song, right?
Uploaded by KennyLogginsVEVO
But oh, there is a STORY behind this song. And wouldn’t you love to hear it from the two men who made it possible?
Start the video, and watch up to the point where Loggins-begins to sing, then pause it and keep reading.
Uploaded by TheLoungeMusik
What show offs, don’t you think? “Yup, we totally wrote this song in a half hour!” Shutup! Stop being so talented and humble about it!
Would you want to be in a dinner party where these two are among the attendees? Wouldn’t you want to see the genius that fills that location? Could you handle that much genius in the room?!
And when he hits that high note? This is what makes me cry. Stick me in the front row of his concert, and I guarantee tears and screaming.?And I’m just going to say it – Kenny Loggins is HAWT! It’s not how I feel about his Jesus Christ Kenny Loggins Days, but in his Soundtrack King Days and even now – heck, this concert was five years ago – he was/is HAWT!
And if you’d like to see the whole concert, minus the pledge breaks, Warner released both David Foster and Friends concerts as combination DVD/CD sets. I highly recommend them – lots of stuff you like, and you may be surprised at what David Foster was responsible for. This particular clip is from Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends.
Allison has this unending love and appreciation for the genius of Kenny Loggins (and David Foster!). If you like what she shared here, come visit her blog, Allison’s Written Words, where you can see similar fangirl musings. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and give her a tweet and follow on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
She’s listening to “Forever” as she writes this. She’s a puddle right now.
Did you know that the Electric Slide was a dance before the 1990s, and even before the 1980s? Did you know the song associated with this dance actually came out in 1982?
Well, let me teach you, teach you, teach you, teach you about the Electric Slide…song and music video!
Earworms – catch the excitement!
Last week, one of my co-workers (I’m not sure how she would feel if I mentioned her name, so I’ll keep her anonymous) asked me to find “The Electric Slide Song” for a weekend program she oversees. The goal was to get the people who participate in the program to dance as exercise, and the theme was the letter “E.” If there is one thing I’ve learned working in an agency that supports and advocates for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, it’s that the people this agency supports love to dance. And when I say love, they’re like kids in one unending dance recital, except they want to be there. And there aren’t any costumes or makeup.
You know, like this!
So, naturally, I went straight to You Tube to find the song, and we were treated to what I can only believe is one of the biggest ’90s assault on the eyes and ears I’ve witnessed since the last time I made this claim (which probably wasn’t all that long ago, but memory doesn’t serve, so just run with me). I mean, we know what to expect with the song, we’ve been hearing it at every school dance, prom, wedding, and special occasion we’ve been to since the 1990s. But then there’s the music video that accompanies it. And there’s a story about this dance.
You REALLY didn’t think I was going to just let you get away with watching a music video (or a bunch of GIPHY Overloads), right?
“The Electric Slide” actually began its life with a song that is actually called “Electric Boogie,” and it’s sung by a woman named Marcia Griffiths, from her 1982 album Carousel. My co-worker was right about her having “island” accent – Marcia hails from Kingston, Jamaica, and for several years, she performed in a female vocal group called I Threes, who were backing vocalists for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
She also likes wearing hats with lots of decorations and pointing at the camera.
“Electric Boogie” was originally recorded in 1980, but wasn’t released until 1982, and while it was a hit upon release, it actually peaked at #51 (the highest it went on the Billboard Hot 100) in 1990, and became the staple of every event you went to thereafter.
One could never escape the group of people doing the four-walled dance – think flash mob but more ’90s. The dance itself was actually created in 1976 by Ric Silver to Marcia Griffiths’ demo version of this song. It has 22 steps, and prior to May 22, 2007, if you want to do the 18-step version (or any of the other versions, including the original), Ric Silver would have made sure a DMCA-based takedown happened to you. This is no longer an issue, as the dance now has a Creative Commons license. Which means if you’d like to post yourself trying this dance (or any of its variants), credit Mr. Silver as the choreographer.
Or just be like me and believe you can create your own dance. No, I don’t have any videos of me self-choreographing or doing The Electric Slide.
They’re doing the NSFW/NSFGF (GF = Group Functions) version, which is not based on the Electric Slide, but instead based on some leftover moves from Breakin’.
As I said, “Electric Boogie” reached its peak on the charts in 1990, so obviously, this was grounds for a music video, featuring Marcia Griffith and a bunch of dancers. And if nightmares could be made of neon, Zuba pants and spandex…yeah, there are plenty of those.
And now that you have the song and dance stuck in your head, the images of Electric Slide Flash Mob Glory are also stuck with you.
Let’s just say I taught you, taught you, taught you, something you didn’t even know!
Allison would also like to teach you, teach you, teach you, all about the obscure, while giving you a few heartstring-tuggers, over on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
She hates The Electric Slide because she is awful with right and left…and can’t remember which way to turn during this dance. Perhaps someone should teach her, teach her, teach her…
She’ll stop, she promises.