Xeni Jardin at 6:17 pm Thu, Aug 16, 2012
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
In the 1970s, someone thought this was a good idea. [Video Link]
(Thanks, Tara McGinley)
I don’t judge. God knows how the things we think are clever and cute will play in forty years.
I was doing this dance THIS MORNING before i ever saw the video…
Ah, but do you have the costume?
Mr. DuMass, Cats don’t wear costumes!
Andy Sandberg’s father at 1:14???
The concept is vaguely reminiscent of some Australian Aboriginal dances, in which the goal is to mimic the actions and mannerisms of a native animal.
I’m just glad we as a species have evolved past making videos with gratuitous cat placement and bad dancing.
I think this was put on by Corki from Waiting for Guffman.
The YouTube info indicates it is from the Spanish TV series ¡Señoras y señores! (1973–1976).
What young people today may not realize is that back in those days there were very few TV channels and they had a captive audience so they often filled them with crap.
And now we have limitless channels so we have to fill them with crap.
but now people have the illusion of choice – of what of 100 flavors of crap to view. Back then the choice was more between watching TV and not watching it.
Back then the choice was more between watching TV and not watching it.
IMO, still is.
More like, “They will watch anything we throw at them, so let’s put this on.” I don’t consider that mentality sucks since classic broadcast TV really was far more creative than modern, market-researched to death TV.
Shows like this were more “reality” based than 99% of “reality” TV that exists nowadays.
Ah, both in hi-quality pop culture and in… well, stuff like this, the Boomers are a tough act to follow. Surely Generation X has done something by now that’s as risibly awful. But what? I can’t think off the top of my head.
Yo Gabba Gabba, maybe?
I’m glad I got high in eighties and nineties instead of the seventies.
Those kittens are now dead.
Those kittens were dead a few hours after this was shot. They looked dehydrated and miserable.
They really did :(
You mock, but this was the inspiration for the second longest-running broadway show ever…
But it was a good idea!
Anyway, if you don’t like it too much, blame the Internet. This is a perfect example of retroactive causality: this is what the Internet looks like when reflected backwards in time 40 years.
40 years? The blink tag wasn’t deprecated that long ago.
@ 1:59 Why are they doing football drills?
Twenty bucks says that the blond guy was the choreographer.
Nice fro, bro.
This is to Neflix streaming as Cats is to their DVD in the mail option.
I’m smack dab in the middle of 2012 and I think it’s a good idea!
That was leotarded.
And immediately my thoughts go to George Galloway, MP for Bradford and former Celebrity Big Brother housemate. He seemed to deconstruct this video pretty well:
These people were just taking a break from their full-time job as extras on Space: 1999.
This nadir in popular entertainment was recently discussed over at the ever-festive Redundant Variety Hour, which specializes in such treasureable atrocities:
I recognized two of the cat pictures. They were used as Trapper Keeper covers sometime around 1980. I had the two white kittens w/blue background.
An ad for cheesing?
Is there supposed to be sound? Because it’s really creepy without the sound.
I happened to listen to it with Reptile’s Theme by Skrillex… turned out amazingly well!
This is amazing! Thank you.
a different kind of FREE PUSSY RIOT
Notice how stuff like this faded after the war on drugs started up. Just sayin…
there is more.. lots lots more =/
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