Saturday, March 27, 2021

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Honeydew"

On this episode of Hippie Love Turbo, on KUCR 88.3 FM I didn't talk too much (how's that possible?) but I did mention the first appearance of The Electric Prunes on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and how Dick Clark was amazed by the sound on their single I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)

A gassy thing?

If you've ever watched American Bandstand you've probably seen how most, if not all, of the bands lip-synced the songs. However, because of the far out sounds on The Electric Prunes' recordings, it's even more apparent that the group isn't really playing. In fact, if you pay close attention you'll see that their gear isn't even plugged in! I've always wondered if the people watching at home had any idea that it wasn't really live. Sort of like how people think wrestling is real. Anyhow, a later incarnation of The Electric Prunes performed live on European television which illustrates that they did have the chops, even if they weren't able to prove it through American Bandstand.

After talking a bit about the Prunes I mentioned how Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to the garage band Young Aristocracy and how Tulsa is also home to the 6th tallest statue in the U.S., Golden Driller. To put the height in perspective, the Brontosaurus in Cabazon is about 10 feet shorter than the Golden Driller.

Golden Driller Photo Credit: ThaiTum
Back in the awful year of 2020, the city of Tulsa decided to repaint the Driller so that it would kind of resemble Elon Musk. This was a fun, yet sort of bizarre, attempt at enticing Tesla to build a factory in Tulsa. Because of the statue's simple features I think the result ended up looking more like a low-poly video game model; specifically one from 1997's Goldeneye 007. If you'd like to read more about the statue there is a great write-up that you can read about here. I hope to visit the Golden Driller one day. Perhaps, on my way to the Jolly Green Giant that I talked about on the Strawberry episode.

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