Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mama Cass 1969 Special

Before chubby songbird Grammy-sensation Adele , there was Cass Elliott.

Look at her backup singers- The blonde on right is Edna Wright (later of "The Honey Cone" and Darlene Love's kid sister). Yes! Cass opens the show with backup vocalists Clydie King, Carol Willis and Edna Wright. Both Willis and Wright were in Honey Cone a few years later.

I betcha 1969 audiences had never seen a female singer as "HEAVY SET" on television before
-- little did they know what Americans would look like 40 years later.

If you had your first TV special - wouldn't you have Buddy Hackett and Martin Landau as your guests?

Watch Cass, Edna and Buddy shine  despite the lackluster CBS Television City audience who seem to be looking for Cher or  The Smothers Brothers.   LINK is HERE 

Finding Mr. Goodbar

Over at the always fab FINDADEATH.COM there is a summary of the real victim of the "Goodbar" murder.

Click here to see photos of the victim's singles bar haunt on 72nd Street (now) and screengrabs of the SNL 1977 skit advertising the "LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR SLEEPYTIME PLAYSET" where (as the announcer tells Gilda Radner playing a child) every little girl can "win" by "getting killed".

The film is currently out of print on VHS and has never been released on DVD/Blu Ray (Is the studio too cheap for pay for the disco music rights featured in the film?)

Watch the clip below if you've forgotten how great young Richard Gere looked in a jockstrap.

The next clip is the title sequence with the theme song.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre-"Straight Up and Down" Live

Now known as the theme to Boardwalk Empire, this epic is pretty well represented by this live video.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Heil, Honey, I'm Home" Wow. Wrongest Show........Right?

Heil Honey, I'm Home. Canceled off BSB (the square dish people if I remember right...) in 1990 after one episode. As Jeffrey Ross stated today, "if it's not offending someone it's probably not a joke."