Mark Frauenfelder at 10:05 am Fri, Jan 11, 2013
"It's the best I've ever seen in my whole life. The most exciting thing."
(Via Worlds' Best Ever)
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder.
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TAGS: Andy Warhol
Watch this vampire bat run like hell
Andy’s looking pretty rough in this footage…
tl;dr: he’s high.
One needed to be to get though the 80s.
Whadda ya got against the eighties? They totally rocked!
I imagine that video was made completely on the Amiga.
Are you saying that one sentence was “too long; didn’t read”?
Recall that there were dozens, if not hundreds, of Warhols making public appearances during his career. It was the key to his ubiquity.
And that’s Cyndi Lauper with her back to the camera? Bizarre.
Is that Cyndi Lauper there too, with the orange hair?
Goonies + WWF + Cyndi Lauper = Overdose of Awesome! I’m pretty sure the 80′s will ultimately be the reason time travel is invented.
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.
I suspect Andy Warhol liked it for the same reasons Andy Kaufman did.
Andy Kaufman had a thing for musclebears?
Possibly, but not many know for sure. And the ones who might ain’t talkin’.
That is a dream team crowd! Warhol, Lauper, Hogan, Mr. T… what a night!
It almost makes one grow a mullet, simply thinking about it.
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.
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
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.
But Yoko Ono was bad.
Oh no you di’int.
She broke up The Beatles, right?
Huh. I thought for sure Warhol’s “most exciting thing” would be the number of zeros on Hulk’s check…
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.
Why is Warhol on a wrestling channel? Is this the reason Honey Boo Boo is on The Learning Channel?
because pro wrestling and art are both fake.
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.
Man, the 80′s were the best.
My favorite Warhol moment is when Mrs. Edith Prickley goes to Studio 54 on SCTV. She spots Warhol in the hallway and says something like, “You don’t get much sun, do you?”
Who would have thought at the time that Hulk Hogan would go on to become the 45th President of the United States?
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:
Andy was quite the fighter
…and the winner by knockout, Warhol!
He should have picked on someone his own size.
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.
Everyone knows that Mexican wrestling is the best in the world, right?
No. Just no.
Oh yeah? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLzNELRHJKM
El Hijo del Santo is 5′-6″. Not even an appetizer.
Or check this out, starting around minute 2:
Leave him alone. He just discovered Lucha Libre. Next he’s be smoking clove cigarettes & talking about Krampus at Christmastime & how Bonobos are the coolest monkey because they always have sex.
No, he has a good reason.