February 2012

Long Tails and Links For Hats

by David Dedrick on February 28, 2012

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another round of he says…er…he says? Anyway, as usual, Ian has posted his links on our Sneaky Dragon Facebook page and now it’s my job to take those links and post them here. Sometimes I agree with his choices, sometimes I DON’T!

First up, it’s show number 12. That’s a good reason to celebrate. Like this:

We love Sesame Street! (I wonder if the modern Sesame Street resonates with kids the way it did with mine and Ian’s generation?) Here’s one of my favourite number songs from Sesame Street:

Funky!

Okay, we also talked about bread, bakers and also baking bread. Baking bread with bones! Oh yeah, we went there! Speaking of bread baked with bones naturally takes us to the “rhyme” Fee-fi-fo-fum, which naturally takes us to the Sklar brothers.

They’re famous for their extensive deconstructions of the Brothers Grimm. The Sklars do a great sports comedy podcast called Sklarbro Country, which Ian and I highly recommend (and Ian hates sports).

Ian celebrated Ash Wednesday by watching Pokemon:

Am I the only person who finds that joke a little obscure? I like Ian’s other suggestion better. Next Ash Wednesday I’m watching this!

Oh, Ash, I’m laughing now.

“What other podcast talks about Twiggy?” Ian asks.

No other podcast. That’s the answer! Except for the Twiggycast. They live up to their motto: “Let’s get Twiggy with it.” Have you ever seen Ken Russel’s The Boyfriend? It starred Twiggy and Tommy Tune and it’s an interesting film. The art direction is terrific and it has the patented Ken Russel-craziness.

Beautiful set designs!

Next up, did you know that February 29th is Superman’s birthday? Me neither! Who was the best Superman: George Reeve, Christopher Reeve or Brandon Reeve? The answer is Henry Reeve! But let’s look at this tribute to the best Clark Kent:

What made him so good as Clark Kent was his glasses.

Ian talked about going to see the new Ghost Rider movie. I always thought that, like most motorcycle riders, Ghost Rider was a big sissy, but Ian proved me wrong:

I didn’t see the whole show, but was Galactus punished for a crime against fashion? Ohhhhh! That’s right, Galactus! You’ve been pwned!

Not only did we talk about Ghost Rider, we also talked about The Last Action Hero. And then once we’d scraped the bottom of that particular barrel, we rolled it out. Still, we did talk about The Last Action Hero:

Wow, that trailer was interminable! It was longer than the actual movie, wasn’t it? I thought so.

We also talked about the Tooth Fairy. Ian posted a clip from Yo Gabba Gabba, but they’re big jerks and don’t allow embedding so you get this instead: (You’re welcome.)

Here’s a bit of trivia: Dwayne Johnson (or, as he’s better known, not a very good actor) could not ice skate so they had to tow him around the ice on a board! Yeesh.

Perhaps you prefer this Tooth Fairy:

I’m sure that’s Ian’s favourite. He doesn’t think much of the Tooth Fairy. (After all that money she gave him.)

Speaking of terrible movies, we spent an awfully long time talking about this movie. I mean, an awful time talking about this movie. Oh, and several others of its ilk.


Ugh, bad computer animation and terrible acting, but just the right amount of ample cleavage.

As I told Ian during the show, I used to dance like this to soothe wild horses during my days as the Horse Fruggerer:

Man, that guy was getting a Bollywoodie.

Okay, moving on. This episode seemed to be all about lame-o 80’s film like this one:

Apparently this film inspired a series of terrible films, including one so awful that they added scenes to the trailer that were never in the movie just to make it look better than it actually was. The cheaters! Ian had an exchange with Roger Ebert about it (click here.)

Ian tried to explain to me what the quickening was and linked to a clip of it on our Facebook page. Unfortunately, the clip could not be embedded here, but I’m certain it was exactly like this:

That is the Quickening from Highlander, folks!

I made Ian post this by quoting a bit of the song during the show. Ha!

Good Lord! That went on for a while, didn’t it? I guess the joke was on me!

Ian decided that what makes me American is my love for burgers. It is true that I love burgers so naturally I love this show:

Unlike Donnie and Marie, that really makes me want to visit Utah!

We spent some time talking about Archie comics and Ian pointed out how naughty Sabrina was at the beginning of the strip!

We also talked about The Archies, Riverdale’s swingingest band. We all know Sugar, Sugar, but they had another Top Ten hit:

Although the song is sounds like it’s being sung by a girl, it’s actually lead singer, Ron Dante, singing in a falsetto. Sugar, Sugar and Jingle, Jangle are a bit played out. I always like the deep cuts, such as this song from the album Jingle Jangle:

Gotta love that bubblegum pop!

Another Riverdale band popular with the kids was Josie and the Pussycats. Here’s a really good song by the Pussycats that’s not the oft-played theme song:

I love this story about Josie and the Pussycats, which I’ll quote from Wikipedia. After hiring producer Danny Jannsen to hire singers for the band based on the characters, “Hanna-Barbera wanted Janssen to recast Patrice Holloway, because they had decided to portray “Josie and the Pussycats” as an all-White trio and had altered African-American Valerie’s character to make her Caucasian. Janssen refused to recast Holloway, whose voice he felt he needed for the soul-inspired bubblegum pop songs he had written, and threatened to walk away from the project. After a three-week-long stand-off between Janssen and Hanna-Barbera, Hanna-Barbera finally relented, allowed Janssen to keep Holloway, and changed Valerie back to being an African-American. Valerie had been introduced in the “Josie” comic book in late 1969, and the character had been African-American from the start.

Word quickly spread around Los Angeles about the stand Janssen had taken. To show their gratitude, a number of the most notable soul session players in the city offered their services to La La Productions and the Josie album at a fraction of their regular fees. Among them were Elvis Presley’s drummer Ronnie Tutt, Elvis’ bassist Jerry Scheff, keyboardist Clarence MacDonald, flutist Wilton Felder and guitarist Mike Stewart.”

That’s a great story and another interesting thing is future Charlie’s Angel, Cheryl Ladd, was in the group.

Okay, we know about the Archies and Josie and the Pussycats, but did you know that there were two other groups formed by Archie characters? One was the Bingoes from That Wilkin Boy and the other was The Madhouse Glads. Unfortunately (or fortunately), no actual album was ever issued of their music.

Well, enough of the history lessons, we’ll see you next week!

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