It's Our Anniversary!


One year ago today, for reasons that are still unclear, we started this little collection of forgotten gems found on YouTube. Since then, you've seen plenty of variety show icons (Mitzi, Liza, Joey, and of course Tom Jones!), enjoyed the splendors of European television (Dalida! Mina! Raffaella!) and learned of our unhealthy obsessions (The Lennon Sisters, The King Sisters). Together, we've basked in the presence of magnificent divas and marveled at the footwork of dancing queens in jumpsuits. Whether it's been a cheesy Scopitone or an even cheesier Night of 100 Stars, one thing has become apparent: an appreciation of the fabulous and the absurd makes life all the more worthwhile. Thanks for joining us on a regular basis!

It would be impossible for us to name our favorite video clip; we love them all, and whichever one we've just posted is always our current fave. (That said, check out this, this, this, and this!) However, we would love to know about your favorite videos posted here in the past year. Please take a moment and share. Why not? And while you're at it, feel free to spread the word about what this little blog has to offer. There are so many great performances here that are simply too amazing not to be seen!

37 comments:

  1. Good lord - doesn't time fly when you're having fun! So much richness has gone streaming past us, from the highs and very definite lows of that understudied cultural landmark, Hollywood Palace, to the outermost bizareries of Euro variety and beyond (beyond being, I think, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special). You've reminded me of the existence of game old gal Dora Hall and introduced me to the splendours of Korla Pandit (he came up in conversation the other night, and I tell you, those old queens were impressed I knew who he was!). And for all of it, thank you.

    As for favorites, I think I have two. On the sublime/ridiculous side of the house, it's Rula Lenska and company slinking their way through "Biba Nova" (which I find myself humming at the oddest moments); on the fabulous/heartbreaking side, it's Esther Phillips's amazing take on "And I Love Him."

    Here's to many more...

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    1. Muscato, my sweet friend! Those are excellent choices and you know I love them both. "Biba Nova" has long been a fave, and that Esther Phillips number is hauntingly perfect. As for Korla Pandit, well, where would we be without him? The truth is that every time I post a new clip, a part of me thinks "Oh, Muscato will LOVE this!"

      I apologize for having retreated from blogdom lately, and not keeping up with my blogging buddies. I hope all is well with you. Look for me on FB if you dare...

      XOXOX

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  2. Yes, our cake is decorated with Cheez Whiz.

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  3. It just seems like yesterday that I was thinking "fuck it! Why didn't I think of that?"

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    1. Cool Cookie, I'm always happy when you come by! XOXO

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  4. "Prisencolinesunaciusol" has to be the absolute best thing, ever! (Apart, of course, from the gems you featured long ago, in a galaxy far, far, away called Fabulon, such as "Oingo Boingo", "Sissy-Boy Slap Party" or that eternal fave "Do-Be-Do-Day".)

    I have to agree with Muscato. My life has changed in many ways thanks to you and your obsessive collecting...

    Cheers, honey! Jx

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    1. You, dear Jon, are without question an inspiration when it comes to fabulous obsessions!

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  5. THOMBEAU! Congratulations on the anniversary of this fabulous sphere - and for keeping alive the wacky, warped, weird world of variety that we once had in nightly abundance and now can only see as clips from another time and place.... Bravo and thank you!!!

    Mwahzies

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    1. Thank YOU, my fabulous friend! You are such a fantastic source for videos, and your taste is exquisite. So glad to have found a kindred spirit!

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  6. Yeay! Congrats!
    I just bought a new set of rabbit ears to help reception!

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    1. What? A reception? I hope there's plenty of champagne!

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  7. totie, barbra, madame...who can choose!

    luckily, there's no need....THANKS DARLING!

    AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TOO!

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    1. Thanks, sweetie! That's quite the triumvirate, yet it makes perfect sense to me!

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  8. Golly! Happy Darned Anniversary to you and this wonderful oasis of high and low video art! I never know what I'm going to see when I click on to this place because you always bring something new to me, but it always seems to be just what I need. Thanks for keeping these clips alive!

    It is hard to choose favorites, with Lola, Mitzi, Melba, Lawrence Welk and the wonderful clips from overseas, but there are 3 that immediately come to mind.

    Hail Satan starring Arthur Duncan. It's goofy but I think about this one a lot because of the sets and the masks on the bandstands and was even talking about it with co-workers just yesterday. And Arthur Duncan in that ridiculous Devil costume!

    The Clara Ward Singers. Oh My God! Well, they're so filled with joy for one thing and I love a slippery organ back-up but those wigs should be honored as National Parks!

    Mina! Mi sei scoppiato dentro al cuore Otherwise known as the one with the light bulbs. The perfect performance, perfectly filmed. Mina became my girl crush after seeing this and I've sought her out on You Tube and have become a real fan. Now I need to get her on CD. I would have never known of her except for the Variety Hour so thank you for that.

    BrianB

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    1. I'm so glad you visit here regularly, Brian! Because I KNOW you appreciates such things. I love each of the clips you mentioned, for more or less the same reasons. And Mina! Between her wonderful performances and her scandalous life, what's not to love? (Besides the fact that she stopped performing live decades ago. At least she kept recording!)

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  9. Happy Any, sweetie. While I was reading the post I was thinking my fave is the Italian R&B hobo with the dancing gay nazis, but I couldn't remeber its name. Imagine how thrilled I was when it showed up in your list of recommendations as Prisencolinesunaciusol. And now I see Jon likes it too. I feel in such refined company.

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  10. Maybe Mitzi Gaynor at Xmas, but it's a difficult choice as quality is always at the top here. Thank YOU for all these gems! Long live Ultimate Variety!!!

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    1. Can't go wrong with Mitzi! Thanks for visiting, dear Fabien, and for your comments!

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  11. Another vote for Prisencolinesunaciusol! That jam is COLOSSAL. But just one of countless treasures here...happy birthday!

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    1. A true classic, and definitely a favorite of all who've seen it! Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

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  12. Prisencolinesunaciusol-iversary, darlin'!

    My favorite Redundant treasures are (in no particular order):

    The Charo teevee special, which comes to me sometimes in my dreams. (Really.)

    All of your middle-aged, platinum blonde sponsors.

    Any workout and workout adjacent videos, because big hair and spandex are very inspirational.

    Oh, and I mustn't forget The Doodletown Pipers; they're still giving me a contact high. Who could ask for more?


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    1. Butterscotch Clouds, my special friend...Your refined esthetic sense never fails to amaze me, if only because it is so like my own. As for the Poodletown Diapers, well, what more can one say?

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  13. Wow! Long time follower, first time replier, and I just have to say "Thank You"! This blog has picked me up after many a craptacular day. So many great posts...Prisencolinesunaciusol!!!!!...Lisa Kirk in "The Big Party"... and just yesterday's Joey Heatherton offering...too many to go into. I have been meaning to ask, however, in William Shatner's "How to Handle a Woman" is he referring to before or after the paramedics fish her out of the swimming pool?

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    1. Hello, JR! Thanks so much for visiting regularly, and for your sweet comment. And especially for watching The Big Party! I wasn't sure if many people saw that, and it really is quite special. So, YAY!

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  14. I'll be around in the dark, I'll be everywhere; wherever you look. Wherever Englebert & Tom have a fight so that the homos can eat. I'll be there. Wherever Bette Davis Is beating up a guy. I'll be there. I'll be in the way that Peggy Lee & Dinah Shore sing a duet when they're mad.... I'll be in the way Paul Lynde sneers when supper's ready and all the waiters are gay. And when Connie Stevens is selling Mattresses and acting all innocent to Wayland & Madame, why, I'll be Doris Day.

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  15. It has NOT! And you are solely responsible for the phrase "safety gays," I swear. I love you.

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    1. Oh, Miss Lethal, you know I love you, too! Almost as much as I love Tom Jones.

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  16. Longtime reader, first time poster. My favorites are anything and everything Ann-Margret and Bea Arthur, and thank you so much for introducing me to Raffaella Carra and Heather Parisi!

    I am not sure if "favorite" is the right word for it but that Barry Bostwick performance of Jump(For My Love) haunts me. Poor Gwen Verdon.

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    1. Thanks for dropping a line, Sugarwolf! You know I loves me some Ann-Margret! And I actually saw Bea Arthur in her one-man show several years ago. She was great, of course. The audience consisted entirely of old ladies and gay men. Imagine that!

      And yes, that particular performance of Jump is haunting to the extreme.

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    2. I was also proud (of course) to be one of those "old ladies and gay men" in the audience for the Bea Arthur one-woman show. I'll let others decide into which category I fall :-) Jx

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    3. There is, of course, a special category for Dowager Countess!

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    4. "Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class." Jx

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