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Lawrence Welk: The Easter Edition (YouTube, 2:10) [via madamjujujive and Everlasting Blort] Lawrence Welk on drugs previously.
posted by LeLiLo (31 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Welk was so ahead of his time.
posted by quazichimp at 12:48 AM on April 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Welk was so ahead of his time.

Well, he did give us Buddy Merrill.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:55 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is great.
posted by Meatafoecure at 1:04 AM on April 8, 2012


Wow
posted by Sailormom at 2:04 AM on April 8, 2012


This is the best thing that exists, bar none.
posted by stonepharisee at 3:05 AM on April 8, 2012


Chocolate is a hell of a drug
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:17 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dal-chicks?

CEL-E-BRATE, CEL-E-BRATE
posted by jozxyqk at 4:25 AM on April 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Back when there were only a handful of broadcast channels, people really delivered, regardless of how crazy the idea was. And sometimes, that resulted in this kind of wonderful, crazy magic!
posted by mikelieman at 4:44 AM on April 8, 2012


ooh, this reminds me: i've got to pick up some Geritol.
posted by 4ster at 5:18 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


The girls in the duckling suits were of course Welk's identical twin daughters, both named Anna and distinguished only by birth order.

That's right, Anna One, Anna Two.
posted by pracowity at 5:43 AM on April 8, 2012 [10 favorites]


You're all cordially invited over to MetaTalk where we'll be serving donuts and then determining pracowity's fate. You may wish to bring tar, feathers, rails, pitchforks, and banhammers.
posted by HuronBob at 5:52 AM on April 8, 2012 [4 favorites]


Welk's California license plate:

A1 NA2

Wunnerful, wunnerful
posted by ShutterBun at 6:01 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks for sharing this.

I like how the chick on the left really starts to go wild on the tambourine, and starts mouthing the words at around 1:30, then realizes it and takes it down a notch.
posted by borborygmi at 6:04 AM on April 8, 2012


There's gotta be an FPP based on "overacting background performers throughout movie/television history" here somewhere. (I've got my eye on one of the Gammorean Guards from "Return of the Jedi" in particular...)
posted by ShutterBun at 6:09 AM on April 8, 2012


There's this one as well.

Lawrence Welk. The most famous thing to come out of North Dakota. My heritage, folks. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
posted by Windigo at 6:12 AM on April 8, 2012


Pledge week already?
posted by Thorzdad at 6:41 AM on April 8, 2012


We can't see the Shoggoth just offstage shrieking "AGAIN AGAIN FASTER."

Those poor creatures are terrified.
posted by mediareport at 6:54 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Insert snark here.

Easter Edition.
posted by Fizz at 7:22 AM on April 8, 2012


I think I blew a gasket...
posted by tommyD at 7:45 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Welk band was always tight. Serious musicianship.
posted by Ironmouth at 7:47 AM on April 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Serious musicianship.

Serious non-swing, too.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:53 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was Wunnerful, Wunnerful...
posted by jonmc at 8:03 AM on April 8, 2012


That's some piano number. Ignoring the costumes for a minute (go on, try), they're just playing the hell out of that song. I wish modern TV had this kind of variety program.
posted by Nelson at 8:15 AM on April 8, 2012


My Rule 34 search mostly came up empty, but there is Lawrence Welk fan fiction. Wholesome family friendly material as far as I saw. I was particularly struck by Kathie loves Andy, inspired by the time when "Kathie Sullivan pretended to be the fiancee of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman" which was a real thing that really happened.
posted by Nelson at 8:23 AM on April 8, 2012


Well, there was that time Lawrence Welk played the Velvet Underground.
posted by jonp72 at 8:31 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh God Thank You Thank You Thank You
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:49 AM on April 8, 2012


I imagine the two with the beaks on were thanking the gods to be exempted from Welk's immutable "thou shalt maintain a constant, agonized rictus of a smile throughout the performance" rule.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:08 AM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


That whole Easter egg-stravaganza was just someone's idea of an acid trip. Add that to the "spiritual" of One Toke Over the Line and you've got a pretty good idea of why the War On Drugs failed.
posted by leftcoastbob at 2:40 PM on April 8, 2012


Serious non-swing, too.

How can you say that, flapjax? Here's the Welk Show featuring not one, not two, but three swinging drummers playing the blues.

At the same time! One more drummer than Genesis, the Dead, the Doobie Brothers, or the Allman Brothers!

(Well, o.k., maybe 'swinging' isn't the right word.)
posted by LeLiLo at 4:43 PM on April 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't believe you got me to watch that clip twice in one day.

Related question: was Bobby Burgess played by Will Ferrell?
posted by MtDewd at 5:16 PM on April 8, 2012


We can't see the Shoggoth just offstage shrieking "AGAIN AGAIN FASTER."

Don't misquote Shoggoth, what He actually said is "faster and more intense."
posted by entropicamericana at 9:23 AM on April 9, 2012


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