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What is sexy? Sexy is Lio, in 1980, dancing around a giant yellow banana phallus.
posted by puny human (79 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
english version -- Marie Antoinette
posted by puny human at 6:10 PM on June 6, 2010


And just in time for the great romper-revival of 2010! Thanks, puny human
posted by Lisitasan at 6:10 PM on June 6, 2010


Lio applying lipstick in this video is also quite sexy...
posted by Lisitasan at 6:15 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


So turned on... and hungry
posted by digdan at 6:15 PM on June 6, 2010


That was pretty shitty.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 6:31 PM on June 6, 2010


Some things should be forgotten.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:32 PM on June 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is what Dick Cheney sees every time he closes his eyes, whether blinking, winking, or sleeping. This is why he is what he became. Do not pity him, however, for when the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:34 PM on June 6, 2010 [17 favorites]


Sometimes a banana is only a banana. This is not one of those times.
posted by jenkinsEar at 6:35 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Play it at half speed, and it's like Zooey Deschanel covering Devo.
posted by eschatfische at 6:36 PM on June 6, 2010 [6 favorites]


"Le Banana Split" was produced by Marc Moulin (previously) and Dan Lacksman from the great Belgian synth-pop group Telex.
posted by grounded at 6:41 PM on June 6, 2010


I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but I feel sadly betrayed nevertheless.
posted by elizardbits at 6:43 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


omg how adorable.
posted by divabat at 6:44 PM on June 6, 2010


Unplugged.
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 6:48 PM on June 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


See also.
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 6:54 PM on June 6, 2010


For some reason, perhaps because I just looked at that Vladimir Kush stuff, I imagined that she would be dressed as the banana inside a peel, then do some sort of peel-shedding striptease.

This was not that.
posted by limeonaire at 6:54 PM on June 6, 2010


Why was the word sexy used in this fpp?
posted by HuronBob at 6:56 PM on June 6, 2010 [5 favorites]


From the Wikipedia entry on Lio:

This article is about the Belgian pop singer and actor. For the chemical compound, see lithium oxide.


I found the lithium oxide link to be more entertaining. :/
posted by darkstar at 6:57 PM on June 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Sexy, it ain't. 'Sexy' implies the possibility of someone somewhere being offended by it. This is waaaay too wholesome. But it made me smile.

Also, it's probably due for a remix. There's some alchemy that occasionally happens with pop songs that were stupid and overplayed in one's youth, whereby they are covered or remixed into something giddy and altogether sleeker: Chori Chori.
posted by Ritchie at 6:57 PM on June 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


And I thought I was a lousy dancer.
posted by digsrus at 7:04 PM on June 6, 2010


I had no idea Stereolab's been making fun of someone this entire time.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:04 PM on June 6, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's interesting to see what Yelle / Prototypes are harkening back to. Hyper-cool!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:07 PM on June 6, 2010


Oh the filthy, filthy wholesomeness!
posted by basicchannel at 7:07 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


For one terrifying moment, I thought you were referring to this Liō.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:10 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sometimes a banana is only a banana. This is not one of those times.

I am glad somebody said this, because that banana reminded me of a penis.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:12 PM on June 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ça plane pour moi
posted by Flashman at 7:13 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would argue that the is dancing IN the giant yellow banana phallus, not AROUND it.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:13 PM on June 6, 2010


Ritchie, like this?
posted by squasha at 7:15 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is that a banana in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

Also, The Banana Splits was a show for children, you pervert.
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:17 PM on June 6, 2010


I liked the part where the girl in the jumpsuit danced with a video effect of a banana split to some cheesy synth-pop.
posted by kcds at 7:24 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Popular music hasn't really changed much since 1980, it turns out.
posted by swift at 7:24 PM on June 6, 2010


Nothing Sarah Palin does is sexy, squasha. That's a rule.
posted by Ritchie at 7:26 PM on June 6, 2010


Ah, Belgians.
posted by Nelson at 7:26 PM on June 6, 2010


Metafilter needs the ability to attach a poll to a FPP.
posted by maxwelton at 7:28 PM on June 6, 2010


The lipstick video makes me feel like a mirror.
posted by ropeladder at 7:29 PM on June 6, 2010


Metafilter needs the ability to attach a poll to a FPP.

We already have that ability. They are called favorites. Example:

If you think this video is sexy favorite this comment.
posted by Brent Parker at 7:31 PM on June 6, 2010


Also a sexy french pop star: Yelle
posted by delmoi at 7:34 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awww, does b-han have a case of the grars?


(and chori chori is hoti hoti)
posted by puny human at 7:34 PM on June 6, 2010


Wait, I thought there was a "notable" threshold for wikipedia.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:38 PM on June 6, 2010


shabam! pow! plop! whizz! Gainsbourg and Bardot at their finest. Never bettered.
posted by marvin at 7:38 PM on June 6, 2010 [4 favorites]


Oh, but the very first thing I thought of when I saw this:

"Fraa Lio?"
posted by limeonaire at 7:39 PM on June 6, 2010


Awww, does b-han have a case of the grars?

Better asked: does p-hum have a case of the dicks?
posted by item at 7:40 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


It was 1980 - Reagan was soon to be in the White House, and I was soon to be in high school, hanging around with the exchange students and watching music videos like this. >sigh<
posted by randomkeystrike at 7:42 PM on June 6, 2010


'Sexy' implies the possibility of someone somewhere being offended by it.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that you're American
posted by mannequito at 7:42 PM on June 6, 2010 [9 favorites]


Now I understand Hey Baby!
posted by EarBucket at 7:43 PM on June 6, 2010


Where clumsy & awkward = sexy, this is sexy.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 7:46 PM on June 6, 2010


For those who complain about wholesomeness, here's a translation of the lyrics:

I wouldn't dislike it if you kissed me / But grab the chance while it lasts / If you look for something to break the ice / BANANA BANANA BANANA
It's the dessert served by / The abominable snowman / To the abominable teenager / A lovely dessert / BANANA, etc
Candied cherries are lipstick / That leave red marks on the Antarctic / And to make it melt, one tactic / BANANA, etc
Frozen kisses on white mountains / things are getting to a head / whipped cream crashes in an avalanche

...generally in the same vein as Gainsbourg tricking France Gall, and Alizee not being tricked by anyone.
posted by Spanner Nic at 7:50 PM on June 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Australian. Okay, I guess the Taliban would be offended by it, so I guess it might have a sexy quality in Afghanistan. And now I want to listen to what Afghani pop music sounds like.
posted by Ritchie at 7:50 PM on June 6, 2010


I'm not in a position to listen to it now, but with the sound off it looks like an aerobics video got crossed with a friendly's ad... the sound must make that banana seem a lot more hardcore.
posted by mdn at 7:52 PM on June 6, 2010


encore une beauté française - Annie Philippe - Le mannequin
posted by puny human at 7:57 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


yes, do us a favor, and make it your metafilter password.

and

Awww, does b-han have a case of the grars?

At first, I thought you posted this because you think this is sexy. Now I think you posted this because you knew it wasn't, and you felt like starting a thread to give you an excuse to say snippy things to people who said straight out that it isn't sexy.

which makes a lot more sense, because this isn't sexy.
posted by davejay at 7:58 PM on June 6, 2010


shabam! pow! plop! whizz! Gainsbourg and Bardot at their finest. Never bettered.

Oh yeah? (Depending on what you mean by 'bettered.')
posted by grounded at 8:08 PM on June 6, 2010


30 Helens Agree: this strongly reminds us of Kids in the Hall's Bruce McCulloch as pop starlet Tammy!

It's a Fact!
posted by nicwolff at 8:21 PM on June 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Heh. So that's what a diabetic pedophile's acid trip looks like.
posted by Mr. Excellent at 8:22 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


> And now I want to listen to what Afghani pop music sounds like.

I saw an entertaining documentary about that - called Afghan Star.
posted by Squeak Attack at 8:22 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


OK, you two... Plastic Bertrand dance-off. NOW.
posted by Kinbote at 8:23 PM on June 6, 2010


People who think rompers/coveralls can't be sexy need to work on their imaginations some.


I was there in the 80s -- it was not like this. I promise.
posted by Some1 at 8:25 PM on June 6, 2010


What is sexy? Sexy is Lio, in 1980, dancing around a giant yellow banana phallus

Your hypothesis is not supported by the evidence.

Dilly Bar pasties, now that would be sexy...
posted by mazola at 8:32 PM on June 6, 2010


Burhanistan: Let me ask you something. When you come into a MeFi thread and you don't like it much, does anyone ever say to you, "Sounds like someone has a case of the grars?"

Lawrence: No. No, man. Shit, no, man. I believe you'd get your ass kicked sayin' something like that, man.
posted by moss at 8:37 PM on June 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ah, Plastique Bertrand.

In my 11th grade French class back in high school (1983-84), I asked my teacher (a native Swede) to give me a recording of some French rock. She gave me a cassette of Plastique Bertrand's Ça Plane Pour Moi. I played that tape until it broke, but not before I'd learned the whole song by heart (getting many of the lyrics wrong until I finally moved to France in 1999).

That damn tune's been stuck in my head for nearly thirty years. But at least it's not "Belles, Belles, Belles" by Claude François.
posted by darkstar at 8:37 PM on June 6, 2010


Belle, belle, belle
comme le jour
Belle belle belle
comme l'amour...


DAMMIT!
posted by darkstar at 8:39 PM on June 6, 2010


Also, thank you for posting this adorable and deeply bizarre video. It was adorable. And deeply bizarre.
posted by moss at 8:45 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


But was it sexy?
posted by mazola at 8:46 PM on June 6, 2010


I prefer this for sexy: J'en Ai Marre by 19 yr. old Alizée
posted by growabrain at 8:47 PM on June 6, 2010


Sweet Jesus! ... that Goddamn thing nearly gave me a seizure!

Do not play stuff like that again, K?
posted by Relay at 8:48 PM on June 6, 2010


For you, darkstar. Note 'banana' cross-reference at 1:19.
posted by Kinbote at 8:49 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am the king of le divan!
posted by darkstar at 8:55 PM on June 6, 2010


This is what it would look like if the robot girl from Small Wonder grew up and decided to be a popstar.

Also, I think she was trying really hard not to be annoyed every time her fake ponytail slapped her in the eyes.
posted by emjaybee at 8:58 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wish this really were a viral preview of Parker Posey in an upcoming Christopher Guest movie.
posted by fleacircus at 9:12 PM on June 6, 2010


Ah yes, Plastic Bertrand...

At school when he first came along, we had a real actual French teacher, who came over to our notably god forsaken part of the UK, to teach us. SShe asked us about French culture and someone mentioned old Bertram.

She screwed up her fice in disgust and contempt and spat out, "He's Belgian" to which the young lad replied, "So what, you're French".

Ah, teenage xenopnobia...

Anyway if you want fun, sexy and Belgian, try this for size
posted by quarsan at 10:01 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Needs more Cookie Puss.
posted by pracowity at 10:55 PM on June 6, 2010


I'm late to the party, as usual... but I just wanted to say that this video made me laugh, and in a good way. Yes it's awkward and amateurish, and Lio can't dance, but I'd take this video over most of the pop dance productions made nowadays that are autotuned and CGIs and so rehearsed to perfection that they're completely joyless.

And seeing how no one else is saying so: yeah, I'd hit it.
posted by spoobnooble at 3:59 AM on June 7, 2010


Man, whatever happened to pink, tapered-leg jumpsuits? I can never find them in my size these days!
posted by Sys Rq at 6:41 AM on June 7, 2010


mazola: "Dilly Bar pasties, now that would be sexy..."

You do realize that, in accordance with Rule 34, another baffling porn site has now sprung up?

Also, I want to favorite Brent Parker's comment so badly for its unfavoritability (if that is a word.)
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:30 AM on June 7, 2010


Man, whatever happened to pink, tapered-leg jumpsuits? I can never find them in my size these days!

I used to have a jumpsuit that tied at the shoulders and under the knees (it was capri-length). It was green and white striped.

I believe it also had a white sash belt.

Yes, really. Of course, I was 5'9" and weighed about 125 pounds then, so I could get away with a little crap, but ye, gods. That was the 80's.

And this video? This video is not sexy. I mean, look at that poor banana. She is ignoring him completely. They never even make eye contact!
posted by misha at 11:23 AM on June 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Worse yet, the banana is ignoring her.
posted by mazola at 3:46 PM on June 7, 2010


I loved her on Punky Brewster.
posted by humboldt32 at 4:45 PM on June 7, 2010


Is this one of the Lio songs that Ron Mael wrote and/or produced?
posted by pxe2000 at 7:18 PM on June 7, 2010


Tough call, pxe. AllMusic has the Maels credited on "Marie Antoinette" -- the English-language version that pops up on Lio's second album -- but gives no credits at all for her first album which contains the original. Of the ten tracks the Maels are credited on, only "Marie Antoinette" and "Housewife of the Year" are anywhere close to sounding like Sparks. And, well, even those aren't all that close.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:54 PM on June 7, 2010


very evocative. i see a grizzled old belgian farmer muttering obscenities to himself and contemplating destruction of the dual-cassete sony boombox and lone lio tape that his granddaughter has brought with her from antwerp for the summer, by the end of which he's humming 'banana' to himself while peeling some inscrutable root vegetable for a brownish stew, and at that point he's struck dead by lightning because this song is so very, very awful.
posted by kickback at 10:32 PM on June 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


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