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42 Responses to “Andy Warhol reveals the most exciting thing he's ever seen in his whole life”

  1. creesto says:

    Andy’s looking pretty rough in this footage…

  2. bazzargh says:

    And that’s Cyndi Lauper with her back to the camera? Bizarre.

  3. cskizzle says:

    Is that Cyndi Lauper there too, with the orange hair? 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxLhytQ67fs

    • oasisob1 says:

      Goonies + WWF + Cyndi Lauper = Overdose of Awesome! I’m pretty sure the 80′s will ultimately be the reason time travel is invented.

      • BarBarSeven says:

        Yes that is Cyndi Lauper. This backstage interview was connected to The War to Settle the Score.

        One of the feuds at the event dated back to 1983, when Captain Lou Albano, a wrestling manager, appeared in Cyndi Lauper’s music video for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” as Lauper’s father. The WWF capitalized on his appearance by creating a storyline feud between the two, in which Albano was portrayed as a sexist. As Lauper was too busy to make extensive appearances at WWF events, another storyline was developed between Albano and David Wolff, Lauper’s manager. Albano, hyping his association with the band NRBQ, portrayed himself as an up and coming star in music management, with Wolff coming along to steal his thunder. This created the background for the first WWF special on MTV, The Brawl to End it All. Albano managed WWF Women’s Champion The Fabulous Moolah, while Lauper managed challenger Wendi Richter. Richter won the match, and Albano and Lauper reconciled their differences. Moolah, however, remained upset and challenged Richter to a match on behalf of Leilani Kai, another women’s wrestler.

  4. wysinwyg says:

    I suspect Andy Warhol liked it for the same reasons Andy Kaufman did.

  5. DJBudSonic says:

    That is a dream team crowd!  Warhol, Lauper, Hogan, Mr. T… what a night!

  6. Milothedj says:

    I spot Hulk Hogan, Mr T, Cyndi Lauper, and her manager David Wolf (long hair, with shades), and Lou  Albano (big guy in the white shirt)

    Lauper often featured former wrestler Lou Albano in her videos, so that’s likely her connection to the wrestling world. David Wolf was her manager/love interest for a time.

  7. Warhol loved the lowbrow (or ironically acted like he did). The War to Settle the Score http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_to_Settle_the_Score was a predecessor to the first Wrestlemania.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WrestleMania_I

  8. timquinn says:

    Doesn’t anyone want to trash Yoko Ono while we are at it? Artists are such easy targets. Warhol was the judo master of the interview. This one is awesome because the interviewer is as fictional as Andy and they are just reading the script in their heads. Andy showed that there is no real difference between high and low culture. He proved it.

  9. s2redux says:

    Huh. I thought for sure Warhol’s “most exciting thing” would be the number of zeros on Hulk’s check…

    • timquinn says:

      Now this is weird. You are blaming a dead artist for the astronomical prices his work brings? Warhol was all about puncturing the self-importance of the wealthy.

  10. Lobster says:

    Why is Warhol on a wrestling channel?  Is this the reason Honey Boo Boo is on The Learning Channel?

    • timquinn says:

      because pro wrestling and art are both fake.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      This was actually on MTV, 1984 or so.  They omitted the part where they interviewed Billy Squier; Rowdy Roddy Piper had smashed a guitar and Squier complained it was sacrilege.  There were two matches; (this is completely from memory and I’m certain it’s messed up) the first was some kind of dispute over rock videos with Roddy Piper “against” and Hulk Hogan “for”.  Hulk saw sponsored/managed by Cyndi Lauper, whose boyfriend Dave was clocked by Piper.  I think Hulk maybe got KO’d.  In the second match Piper smashed up the guitar (thereby pissing off Billy Squier).  At some point Mr. T ran into the ring to defend Hulk and the two of them won.

  11. esquire says:

    Who would have thought at the time that Hulk Hogan would go on to become the 45th President of the United States?  

  12. penguinchris says:

    For a second I thought for sure it’d have something to do with this – it’s the most exciting thing, just look at it:

  13. hugh crawford says:

    Andy was quite the fighter

  14. niktemadur says:

    Well Mr Warhol, if you like wrestling, you’ll really love roller derby!

    But I have a theory.  Everyone knows that Mexican wrestling is the best in the world, right?
    As it so happens, Mr Warhol once took an extended visit to Mexico City, shedding the wig and going pulquería hopping as anonymous Andy, just another gringo.
    So maybe, probably in fact, Warhol ended up at least once as an Arena México spectator at the weekly “Lucha Libre” extravaganzas.

    So back in Manhattan, again maybe, Warhol became a spectator of (lesser) USA wrestling, high as a kite in the comfort of the town he owned.

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