Friday, March 14, 2008

Ohmygod! What were they thinking???

As the Dodgers play two exhibition games in China this weekend (and I know you'll join me for Dodger Talk on KABC at 1:30 in the morning) here is a 1986 music video that the then-Dodgers made that probably set the franchise back ten years. Gather your friends, hang your best disco ball, and dance along to the BASEBALL BOOGIE.

19 comments:

Annie said...

Oh yes but did you see...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ix081prSiNc

bluemoonpaul said...

Seems like a reaction to the 1985 Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle."

Tim W. said...

OH MY GOD! I can't believe that at no time (even in 1986) no one thought that this might be a bad idea that will forever haunt anyone who appeared on camera. Sorry Annie, while the Ram It video is close to a 10 on the embarrassment scale, the Baseball Boogie was definitely an 11. At least. It was almost painful to watch. Please, Ken, please don't tell us you directed this or something. Speaking of which, I wonder what the director is doing, now?

I can here him, now"

"Okay, I need the black guys to act more white and everyone to act a lot more gay."

blogward said...

The Rams one isn't half bad, actually - it's even funny. The Dodgers one is immeasurably barf-inducing in so many ways. Cheers, Mr. Ken. Makes me feel better about my own chartbusting efforts.

Anonymous said...

Jesus! Was EVERYONE stoned in the 80s?!?

LouOCNY said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhvf1KSOw7M

need i say more? they even got Howard Stern...

charity said...

started it all:

http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=fJNC3dgreaU

even my dolphins:

http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=pJvTWmUYTII&NR=1


we all have our crosses to bear(s).

LouOCNY said...

Jesus! Was EVERYONE stoned in the 80s?!?


I don't remember

charity said...

louocny - re: howard stern: and dr. joyce brothers.

but no pastel silk shirts. and they call this an 80s video? stern is the only one with big hair!

A. Buck Short said...

Anonymous said...
Jesus! Was EVERYONE stoned in the 80s?!?
Can't remember either.

Wait, this is what I set my prostate to wake me up for at 9:30am Dallas time, only after finally having fallen asleep at 7:30, because I was up most of the night listening to some guy talking about a bb exhibition game in China? And then only to get tips for my Sezuan fantasy bb league?

There really is only one remaining question: Puleeeeeze tell me they were lipsynching. Frankly, with both the Dodgers and Rams, it was those women in the Ginger Lynn coifs who finally got to me -- zoning out to mentally recreate Ginger giving Charlie “Wild Thing” Sheen one of her patented Orel Hershisers back in 1994’s Major League II and Would You Like to Go One More Time for Three (completion bond by Dennis Haysbert/in good hands with Allstate).

And is it ethnocentric, or was one of the lines in the Rams video, “Nobody dresses slicka’. But under this cool is a quarterback meshugga?” I can never catch the lyrics on these things.

With the above, surely we don’t need to link anybody to our own more recent Jerry Jones poppin’ and lockin’ in that Papa Johns Pizza spot, where he makes the dancin’ old fart in the Six Flags commercial look like Utah’s “Footloose” Julianne Hough. (Incidentally, those are the same moves he made after learning Kate Hudson would be playing a lesbian Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader in Altman’s Dr. T and the Women.. Only then it was apoplexy.

But, if you’re interested Ken, please do check this other PJP promotional site out. You’ll be pleased to learn that Papa still has available franchise locations in Beijing, Shanghai, and, yes, Sezuan. Your advertising hook could be, “Pasta, back where it all began.” Have a look at the slide show, including the impressive world HQ and virtually identical pretty much vacant worldwide locations, including Pakistan, Pakistan, Nicaragua, S. Korea, and someplace called Saratov, who I’m pretty certain may have been married at one time to Ernest Borgnine.

http://www.papajohns.com/franchise_opps/gallary.html

Don’t think we’ve forgotten about you Crutnacker. Check on the beauty shot of the apparently available location down the road apiece in St. Matthews, KY. You’d hardly even have to change the business cards.

Sincerely,
Ashley Alexandra DuprÄ—
(only a Visigoth stuck in the 80's would think "Kristen" is a sexier nom de boudoir)

Joe W. said...

Red Entertainment? Red Label Prodcutions? Obviously these videos are the work of communists. Imagine the society we'd be living in if those videos had the intended effect on the masses? The Red Menace could have waltzed right in taken over while everyone was shuffling and ramming.

Good thing we had Reagan as an anchor to keep us on track. Reagan can't be swayed by boogie, baseball or otherwise.

Mike Bell said...

I just need to lie down, close my eyes and hope that it all goes away.

Mike S. said...

Did this remind anyone else of the Juul Hallmeyer Dancers from SCTV?

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

As if I needed another reason to dislike the Dodgers.

tb said...

holy crap. I mean, yes I remember all these stupid "rap" videos (I think I even have an lp of the Laker-Chick Hearn one, ugh!) but, even by '80s standards this is awful. Satin jackets stopped being cool in the '70s. Every team felt obligated to do one. WHY? Orel, NO!
the '80s: Worst. Decade. Ever.

John said...

Jeez, you'd think after something that bad, they would have tried to avoid ever showing their faces again in Los Angeles by slinking back to Brooklyn.

ajmilner said...

I now have to go fumigate my retinas.

ravaj said...

my eyes, my eyes!

Anonymous said...

Wow, a new opener for Dodger Talk!

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