Thursday, June 20, 2013

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits (?): King of the Cars (1979)

American Bandstand did have cross-overs from other shows during the 70's. For example, Kaptain Kool & The Kongs (Michael Lembeck, Mickey McMeel, Louise DuArt, Debra Clinger, and, perhaps, depending on when they appeared on Bandstand, Bert Sommer) popped in during their 2 year Krofft Supershow run. John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) had released an album well before "Grease". And, then, you have Lenny & The Squigtones.

Michael McKean & David Lander (Laverne & Shirley) turned up on Bandstand in 1979 to perform two songs---"King of the Cars" & "Love is a Terrible Thing". Yes, they're sending up the late 50's-early 60's period from which their characters sprang, but it's so much fun. Lander was no stranger to Saturday mornings---he was the voice for Jerry Lewis' animated self in the 1970 series, Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down---but if memory serves, McKean would later return with his more famous combo, Spinal Tap, during the 80's.

Lenny & The Squigtones made only one appearance in my home area, and that was for a Cerebral Palsy telethon, where they did "Night After Night". No concert bookings, though, that I know of.


Geed said...


hobbyfan said...

Oh, a Spinal Tap fan, eh?

Have to see if the Tap did appear on Bandstand, and get a track up if I can find it. For the record, I don't think Michael McKean was Tufnel (that would be Christopher Guest).

Geed said...

Nononono...Chris Guest was playing guitar to the left of Squiggy. He announced himself as Nigel Tufnel.

hobbyfan said...

Ohhh, ok. That's what I get for not watching the whole clip before posting.