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October 16, 2007


Good Lordy Marie!!! LOL! I don't remember ever seeing that special....! I must say, Rock Hudson was one game guy...In a way it is kind of wonderful that they did this number and here it is 27 almost 28 years later....And we can see it on YouTube. Are there other musical numbers with Rock? Are they also on YouTube?

To me, the most shocking thing is that Bea Arthur looks nothing like that now and hasn't for years and years....She is almost unrecognizable from her "MAUDE" days....The cruelty of age and plastic surgery....OY!

Amazing, Danny. Thanks for having posted this one. I'll definitely share it with a few of my friends!

Thanks for the clip, Danny!

If the late '70s didn't turn me into a Republican, nothing will.

That is indeed an intesting musical moment from those long ago days of Variety Show Specials. And by "interesting" I mean damn strange. Not quite Bing-Crosby-David-Bowie-"Little-Drummer-Boy"-duet-strange, but still pretty freakin' odd.

Okay, I was laughing at the whole video kitschiness, until you mentioned Madame. Now, I have her in my head and I can't get her out. Thanks a lot Danny.

Three points:

1. What I like is how it goes on and on and on. Because it is, of course, endlessly hilarious (listen to the hoots 'n' hollers of the audience).

2. What I like even more is how Rock laughs as he's singing "Amyl Nitrate." You just know it's because it stirred up some fond memory (fond member-y?) (Uh...not that there's anything wrong with that.)

3. Danny! You are not really so square that you never ate your pot in baked goods?!

I think the highest I've ever been was when someone cooked it in the spaghetti sauce. My contacts totally stuck to my eyeballs and I freaked out so bad, my friend Dave had to take me home from the party.

Oh, I'm such a rotten stoner...

Oh, is THAT what the fudge reference is about? If she had said "brownies" I would've understood immediately, but it never occurred to me that you could put drugs in something like fudge! Duh! Same for the "muffins" reference, I guess. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure "horse" is heroin (great topic for musical comedy!) but what is T? Do you think the "French Connection" they're singing about is simply a nod to the drug trafficking of heroin that used to go from Turkey to France before it hit the U.S.? Of course I only know that because of the Gene Hackman movie—I have no firsthand knowledge of ANY of this stuff, potential employers who may be reading my blog!

Danny, Danny, Danny. I guess I was just enough older than you in the 70s that I got all the drug references. Except for the muffin.

Hmmmm, I have to say, it's kind of catchy. I must be perverse but to hear those references in a broadway musical song, instead of a trippy song from the sixties, is strangly satisfying. Plus, for what it is, the performance is pretty good. How cool is it that we can view it so many years after the fact. Things like this prove how quickly times change. Great post.

I can't say you didn't warn me, but UGH! And it does go on doesn't it?

You are so right Danny. That song is nearly impossible to get out of my head. And with Stewart and Coleman behind the tune, I guess it makes sense.

And to answer your question, no, I can't imagine this number being done on television today. I truly can't and I find that kind of sad.

Kind of.

That's right up there with William Shatner's cover of Elton john's Rocket Man at the SciFi awards in '79.

Loved it!!

Horse = heroin

These songs were a success in that era, and the revolution that gave the sex was incredible!

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