That Time Sabrina The Teenage Witch met The Violent Femmes

A couple months ago, I made my boyfriend watch this strange little piece of TV history: When Sabrina the Teenage Witch met the members of Violent Femmes–the band most famous for this song.

However, Violent Femmes did a lot of really great music, and if you haven’t listened to their other work, you really should.

Anyway, despite my own teenage enjoyment of the band, I don’t know that they were ever the stud-muffins that they are made out to be in this episode. I’m including a clip below, but it’s worth a laugh to watch the whole episode on Amazon Prime if you have the time and the resources to do so.

 

P.S. I also just found this clip of the femmes performing The Spongebob Squarepants theme song from 2002–it was included on the 1st Season Spongebob DVD

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The Early Internet – Clips from the 90s & early 2000s

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Katie Couric and the rest of the Today Show crew  don’t understand what the internet is in 1994 

DotComedy was an ABC show from 2000 that was one of the early attempts at bringing internet humor to TV screens. From what I can tell it never really did very well in the ratings.

Also from DotComedy, their correspondant, Katie Puckrik visits the creator of airsicknessbags.com, which was an online museum of air sickness bags throughout the decades. 

And this digital archive actually still exists!  I actually found another interview with this guy that I enjoyed. “Daddy loves” his airsick bags. 

I don’t know much about the origin of this clip, other than the fact that it was created by Apple computers in the 90s. I thought it was an early 90s thing, but according to the Cult of Mac blog, it was apparently made in 1997. 

This one’s a classic, but I felt as if I should include it. The Kids Guide to the Internet. 

 

Don’t forget, ladies! The Internet is not just for boys!

Lost Films & Media I Really Want to See

[FYI, I intend to update this as I discover more things I can’t find on the internet]

  1. The Duggar Family singing Jim Bob’s 2004 political theme song, “Won’t You Please Vote For My Daddy?” Which is referenced in this article, back when the family only had 14 children. I’ve heard that the Duggar’s released it as part of their press package for the election, but from what I can tell, no videos of the song have been posted online. I’m very sickly fascinated by this family, and have always been curious about it.
  2. The Amateur’s Guide to Love 
  3. Ethel Is an Elephant  – A NYC photographer has to cope with his new roommate, Ethel, who is an elephant. I’m not sure why this pilot was never picked up, since it sounds amazing.
  4. Gary Busey hosting a marathon on Nickelodeon in 2002- This one may or may not exist.
  5. LAX 2194 – An unsold pilot with Ryan Stiles as an alien.
  6. A Dog’s Life – This looks to be a really unfunny precursor to Wilfred. I wanna see it.
  7. A We-Are-18 commercial that aired on cable from the mid-90s to the early 2000s. In it, a woman takes off a fur coat and says, “It’s cold outside, but it’s sizzling in here.” This ad apparently ran for a few years, and my boyfriend references it every winter when, but I’ve never been able to find it.
  8. This animation I saw several times as a kid called “Fidget-y Midgety.” After trying to find it, I did find it on a list of Cartoon Network webtoons someone compiled (which was helpful, because I totally remembered it being Nickelodeon–but all evidence so far points to my brain being wrong). Despite finding evidence that I’m not crazy, and it does exist, I can’t find record of the actual cartoon anywhere. It was about a girl named Midge who couldn’t stop fidgeting, and I really related to it in my little ADHD heart. I’ve had what I remember of the song stuck in my head intermittently for the past 15 years.
  9. September 25, 2003 Broadcast of ABC’s Primetime Live, which included an interview with Treva Throneberry, and from what I can tell, is the only recorded interview of her that seems to exist. According to worldcat.org, it aired with a segment about hotel sanitation, and may have been released on VHS, however no known libraries hold a copy.

 

[Last updated 6/13/18]

What I’m Watching Tonight: Make Room For Daddy

There’s something so strangely fascinating about 50s sitcoms. So many sexist and racist jokes, so many simplistic plot lines and archaic jokes. There’s something charming about it all.

Some fun facts about this one from imdb

-Danny Thomas, who played “Daddy/Danny Williams” in this series was probably a massive dick/misogynist:

He could not stand her attitude or what he considered her slovenly appearance. During one rehearsal he is said to have have shouted “For God’s sake, Jean, put on a little lipstick”. She left after the third season and, at the beginning of the fourth season, to assure that she could not come back he had her character die.

-It was on this show that the character of Andy Griffith and the town of Mayberry were first introduced. I honestly had no idea that Andy Griffith was a spin off.

-This show ran for 11 goddamn years, and despite my interest in old TV shows and hours of watching TV Land as a child, I have never heard of this. It doesn’t even have a TV Tropes page!

Highlights: 

  • Oh god. They have a black maid that talks in an awful stereotypical way. So that’s why this was never in reruns.
  • One fascinating scene starts at 11:04. Danny/Daddy is giving his son a bath while the mother talks to her preteen daughter about why her father forbid her from going to the dance. Danny tells his son confidently that men are smarter than women, and that he is smarter than his mother. In talking to her daughter, the mother makes a jokes about how dancing with a boy is “only 10% dancing, and the other 90% is defending yourself” (cue laugh track)
  • Actually, it’s pretty cool that the dad is shown giving his son a bath. I’m sure it was done for gendered reasons, but we don’t see dad’s in a caregiver role like this on TV very often, even today.
  • Also from this scene, Rusty, the son, announces that he’ll marry Mickey Mantle. Which the dad shuts down pretty quickly.
  • Oh, gross. It ends with a weird sentimental talk from Danny Thomas and then him crooning a song about his daughter being “Daddy’s Little Girl”

Halloween Songs that Are Way Better Than the Monster Mash (Highlights from my Halloween Playlist)

Monster Rap – Bobby “Boris” Pickett 

From the original writer and performer of the Monster Mash, Bobby “Boris” Pickett. Hoping to appeal to a new generation, Pickett released this in 1985 as a follow up to his 1962 classic. It’s about the monster from the previous song being unable to speak until the doctor teaches him to rap!

Night of the Vampire – The Moontrekkers

Since I started library school I’ve been on the look out for instrumental music to study to, and have really gotten into 60s surf rock as a result. This song is just the right mood for a Halloween party.

Cha Cha With The Zombies – The Upperclassman 

Someone needs to animate Tina Belcher singing and dancing with Zombies to this song. Right now. Right. Fucking. Now.

Dracula – Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker is good for all occasions.

Obituary – Agent Ribbons

Agent Ribbons is a really talented, fun duo. This song has a nice Halloween-y theme, but I seriously recommend everything they have ever done.

Goo Goo Muck – Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads 

The Cramps version of this song is even better than this one, to be honest.

Tombstone No. 9 – Murray Shafe & the Aristocrats

Monster Love – Lenny & Denny & The Ghouls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trash I’m Watching Tonight: The Moment of Truth

YouTube recommended this clip to me today, because its algorithm has figured out that I am a connoisseur of TV garbage.

So, that started me down a new rabbit hole. Which is great because I’m all caught up on 90 Day Fiance.

My Findings:

This show went on for TWO seasons for a total of 23 episodes in 2008 to 2009. Prior to starting the game the contestants answer a questionnaire of 100 questions while hooked up to a polygraph machine (which, by the way, are no longer admissible in court, although it should already be obvious from that clip that the show isn’t super credible).

The contestants then have their answers to these questions revealed in front of their family and friends for money, while a Jerry Springer-ish audience eggs them on. It’s like if Maury and Deal or No Deal had a baby, basically. And it is pretty much designed to ruin lives.

Also, I assume I don’t have to tell you it aired on Fox. The same network that brought you Married By America and The Swan. Which, by the way, are too awful for me to watch. Even I have my limits.

One interesting fact is that the show filmed a 3rd season that never aired. One episode of this “lost season” in particular sounds fascinating, although incredibly depressing. From the wiki page:

…one contestant in the unaired third season did answer all 21 questions truthfully to win the top prize. The contestant was Melanie Williams, a member of a secretive polygamist group. Most of the questions centered around the secrets of polygamy and what took place in the group in which Williams was a member. For $500,000, Williams’ final question was whether she believed her father had sexual relations as an adult with a minor. She said she felt he did, and the lie detector determined her truthful for the grand prize.

A user on reddit said that the episode did air in some countries where polygamy is more common, but I can’t find any verification on that. Another reddit user claiming to be involved in production posted to /r/television a couple years ago and had a few interesting things to say, namely that one of the other unaired episodes included Travis Walton, a famous UFO abductee.

Also of note is that the producers required the participants to sign an agreement to accept the conclusions drawn by the machine. Which would really suck if you were just nervous during your interview. Oh, and one episode was so bad that the host, Mark L. Walberg (not to be confused with Marky Mark) requested it not air. Of course, it did anyway.

I’m still searching for information about past contestants, particularly if they’re talking about their actual experience on the show. It all seems too absurd to me, this can’t be totally real.

Anyway, I’m going to spend the night watching the episodes on YouTube until I feel disgusted by the shows existence and the fact that it aired longer than so many better shows. We’ll see how long that takes.

Some “Highlights” So Far:

  • In Episode 12, the contestant brings along her former cop father, and he looks progressively more heart broken as she answers questions. Also, the narrator says in the first few minutes of the episode,”she’s the most cold-hearted contestant yet!” This show has no shame.
  • In that same episode, she is asked by her friend if she thinks he can make it as a musician. She does not.
  • I know it’s a reality TV thing, but this show is probably about 50% SHOCKING clips that will be shown later in the episode. Thankfully, I’m only half paying attention.
  • They really make this woman out to be completely evil. This is why you don’t go on reality shows, folks.

 

P.S. It took me 2 episodes before I hated humanity.