Thursday, September 4, 2008

nonsensical nostalgia

Mason brought home a burning desire to rent a trombone and be in Band; Stu asked why he didn't want to play the piccolo instead because you can carry that instrument around in your pocket, like the magic flute in H.R. Pufnstuf. I immediately became wistful for that admittedly very weird but somehow fantastically fun show while Stu derided it as ridiculous.



After trying to find an episode featuring Freddie Flute to show the kids (no luck; sadness), we jumped to Dr. Shrinker then The Bugaloos, Banana Splits, and finally landed on Swedish Chef skits from The Muppet Show. I loved all of those shows dearly though, excepting the last one, for no good reason. It is truly awful ilk; I can't help but wonder what the actors from those shows are doing now, and do they tell anyone what they did in the 70s? "Nice to meet you. I look familiar? Well, I did once play a rock-n-roller fairy in a magical forest!"

The good news for our nation's future: My kids only lost their minds laughing at Swedish Chef and want the DVD collection for Christmas. Maybe I really am a good mom after all.

But I still love to sing the theme songs of all those terrible Sid & Marty Krofft shows...La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la.

Tomorrow, we explore the genius of The Monkees.

15 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Did I finally find a kindred spirit whose favorite childhood show was H.R. Puffenstuff?! Can't get a little, but ya' can't enough!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Apparently I totally misspelled Pufnstuf. Some lifelong fan I am!

Lisa Milton said...

*sigh*

I'm transported back to Thanksgiving at my Grandma's, watching good ol' HR with my Dad. He still hums that song sometimes, I swear.

(We also had a platter that once belonged to Martha Raye, given to my great-grandma when they were neighbors long ago. That story would always come up too.)

BTW, Lexi wants to play the cello. Didn't see that coming.

Shana said...

I lived and breathed for the Krofft Supershow. Wonderbug. Electra Woman. Dyna Girl. OMG, but how sweet was life in the Seventies. 1976, the "Bicentennial Minute" on TV.

My fourth grader may possibly shrivel up and die if she is not allowed to play the flute in the band. We will miss her so.

katydidnot said...

trombone? oy. poor you.

Oliver Rain said...

We were denied the pleasure of most of those shows here in Canada. At least on my tv we were.

Are you sure you want you son playing a flute. How about the drums...

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I was a big fan of The Muppet Show! The chef was my favorite! My family used to talk like him all the time. Explains so much, really.

JCK said...

I adored H.R. Pufnstuf! You, Jenn, Lisa and I need to talk.

phd in yogurtry said...

Is that the actor who played the pickpocket who befriended Oliver Twist? If the answer is yes, and he went from such an incredible role to THAT... oh my.

Janet said...

doin' it, doin' it, doin' it, doin' the banana split y'all!

Denise said...

I loved those shows!! Thanks for taking me back!

stu said...

uggg, that stupid flute.

-Stu

brandy101 said...

One of my first crushes was on *Jimmy* from Pufenstuff (who died a few years ago in real life.)

Ah, I also LOVED the bugaloos!

The bugaloos! THe bugaloos! Theyre in the air and everywhere!!!!

Your Pal Pinki said...

Thanks a lot. Now I can't get all those theme songs out of my mind...including Hey Hey we're the Monkeys! and all you had to do was mention them briefly. Man I loved those shows. Remember Land of the Lost? The big brother was so dreamy! And there were dinosaurs!

dkuroiwa said...

Oh...my...such a blast from the past with HR Pufnstuff!! But...must admit that my heart belongs to The Monkees!! We have DVDs of their shows and the boys will sit and laugh with us...it's a great bonding thing!!

My brother had a trombone in junior high....ugh...good luck with the piccolo idea!!

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