Scenes I Love: Have a Happy Day With The Brady Bunch

I came across this on YouTube yesterday.  I’m not really a fan of either Happy Days or The Brady Bunch but put them together and you have …. well, you have this performance from The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

This is somehow so bad that it actually becomes brilliant.  And what a great way to begin the week!  These days are ours!

A few things that I noticed about this video:

Supposedly, of all the Bradys, Robert Reed was the most enthusiastic about doing the Variety Show because he always wanted to be on Broadway and this was his chance to sing and dance.  Unfortunately, Reed had no experience with either singing or dancing and it’s kind of obvious.  But, at the same time, it’s kind of sweet how much he throws himself into it.  Plus, he keeps looking at Florence Henderson for encouragement.  It makes for a nice moment.

Speaking of trying really hard, Barry Williams was apparently told that he would be the star of the show and that it would help him launch his musical career.  It didn’t work, of course.  That said, he and Maureen McCormick always seem to really throw themselves into the song.  They’re trying really hard.  Maybe a little too hard, to be honest.  Fake Jan, on the other hand, could really sing and dance.

Finally, Alice appears to be a little …. off.  Supposedly, Ann B. Davis was pretty much retired and spending all of her time working as a church secretary when she was contacted about the show.  She wasn’t particularly enthused about it but she did it as a favor to “the kids.”  My first reaction, when I saw this video, was to assume that she was drugged up before going on stage but, on second viewing, it just seems like she’s trying to get it over with as quickly as possible.

Happy days indeed, I guess.

Live Tweet Alert: Watch Banzai Runner With #MondayActionMovie!

As some of our regular readers undoubtedly know, I am involved in a few weekly live tweets on twitter.  I host #FridayNightFlix every Friday, I co-host #ScarySocial on Saturday, and I am one of the five hosts of #MondayActionMovie!  Every week, we get together.  We watch a movie.  We tweet our way through it.

Tonight, at 8 pm et, I will be hosting #MondayAction!  Tonight’s movie?  1987’s Banzai Runner!

It’s Billy Drago vs. Dean Stockwell for control of the California highways!  Who will win and what will be left of their car!?  We’ll find out tonight and I’ve constructed an entire YouTube playlist so that we can have the theater experience in the comfort of our own homes!  (I guess a link would be helpful.  Here it is: Banzai Runner Playlist!) 

 If you want to join us, just hop onto twitter, start the playlist at 8 pm et, and use the #MondayActionMovie hashtag!  I’ll be there tweeting and I imagine some other members of the TSL Crew will be there as well.  It’s a friendly group and welcoming of newcomers so don’t be shy.  And a review of this film will probably end up on this site at some point this week.


Music Video of the Day: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Guns N’ Roses (1992, directed by ????)

When I wrote about the video for Live and Let Die, I mentioned that Guns N’ Roses were responsible for two of the best covers of the 90s.  This is the other one.  Axl Rose and the entire band proved that they were just as capable of covering Bob Dylan as they were Paul McCartney and Wings.  Just as with Live and Let Die, Guns N’ Roses respected the original while also creating their own unique version.

There are actually two videos out there for GnR’s version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.  This one was filmed at the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992.