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Huckapoo! OMG is that the worst band name ever, or what? ...Daniel Radosh extends his healthy obsession with teenage female celebrities with a list of why Huckapoo is now officially his new favorite band. ("Say what you want about Modest Mouse, but do they have a logo like that?")
posted by soyjoy (53 comments total)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:17 AM on August 20, 2004

Are we allowed to make filthy sexual comments about the members of Huckapoo? Otherwise, I'm confused as to what to do here.
posted by Witty at 11:19 AM on August 20, 2004

Man...now I have to change my band name. If I find out that Tossaturd is also taken, heads will roll.
posted by fizz-ed at 11:27 AM on August 20, 2004

For those of you who need more info: Radosh goes HuckaCrazy with follow-up posts that tell us even more than Huckapoo's own puppetmasters might know.
posted by soyjoy at 11:30 AM on August 20, 2004

I'm confused.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:44 AM on August 20, 2004

Mate of mine had a band called Barabus... fuckin' Barabus!?... "Who do you want?.... BARABUS!"
posted by ed\26h at 11:45 AM on August 20, 2004

Well, if he's going Huckacrazy, that means I don't have to.

Cool how that works out.
posted by chicobangs at 11:48 AM on August 20, 2004

hucka-hucka burning crap
posted by sarelicar at 11:51 AM on August 20, 2004

Like, OHMYGAWD, they sing in squeaky fake little girly voices! And they have names like 'PJ' and "Twiggy'!

Do they give away CDs as cereal box toys?

posted by Shane at 11:51 AM on August 20, 2004

Don't know or care who Radosh is but thanks for the Huckapoo link. Now, who's on my mefi swap list?
posted by dobbs at 11:52 AM on August 20, 2004

I think the little girl voices might be the only non-fake thing going on here.

The porn star names add a nice, classy touch to the whole thing. In a stunning turn of events, I'm going to have to agree with Witty that lecherous jokes seems like the only possible point here.

I mean, what else are you gonna say, "Dude, I totally suspect these girls *might* be a packaged music industry product, and maybe not a real band. Maybe."
posted by malphigian at 11:58 AM on August 20, 2004

I love it, especially the frustratingly slow-to-load flashturbation on their web site, and the fact that the "band" looks eerily like an underaged Avril Levigne-Lindsey Lohan-Kirsten Dunst-Jessica Alba-Mandy Moore power combo.

Long live Radosh's Huckapoo obsession. Best of the web 4EVA!!!!!!
posted by junkbox at 12:09 PM on August 20, 2004

"Huckapoo" was a clothing brand name back in the seventies. I know because I wore it...if not mistaken it lurked in the Junior department at Sears.

The flashback ain't pretty.
posted by konolia at 12:10 PM on August 20, 2004

OMG is that the worst band name ever, or what?

They've got competition.
posted by dhoyt at 12:16 PM on August 20, 2004

You think your flashback's bad, konny, I've gotten an earworm of the theme song form "Huckleberry Hound".

That oh-so-merry...
Huckleberry Hound!

I blame Hoobastank for starting this.
posted by wendell at 12:17 PM on August 20, 2004

haha. this is so great.
posted by Stynxno at 12:42 PM on August 20, 2004

I'm not sure. Are we supposed to not like this band for some reason? Have you listened to their songs? They are sensational. My favorite new band. For real.
posted by Faze at 1:24 PM on August 20, 2004

I love.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:31 PM on August 20, 2004

All of your requests for directions on what to say or think about this are hilarious. Here's the thing, though, in case you missed it: The band is called HUCKAPOO.
posted by soyjoy at 1:37 PM on August 20, 2004

Genius... sheer genius.

I mean, the band is targeted towards a 9-13 year old audience, who will no doubt be repeating the phrase over and over just for it's comedic value. It'll sink into their malleable little brains, and no doubt many of them will buy the album just because of the name. After all, only a middle-schooler would find the name "Huckapoo" amusing, right?
posted by Jart at 1:53 PM on August 20, 2004

Was Tossashit taken?
posted by eyeballkid at 2:14 PM on August 20, 2004

"Huckapoo" was a clothing brand name back in the seventies. ...
And the 70s logo fits perfectly--i guess no one here has seen a YM or other teenybopper magazine in a while? There was a point where YM in 2003 could be mistaken for Tiger Beat 1974. 70s fonts, elements, colors...even Glamour and other women's magazines were using them.
posted by amberglow at 2:26 PM on August 20, 2004

Odd . . .
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 2:27 PM on August 20, 2004

As konolia says, "Huckapoo" was a ubiquitous US clothing brand for teenage girls in the 1970s, which makes me very very sure that this is an industry-packaged band.

Some fortysomething wannabe impresario remembers her (or his sister's) teenybopper fashions...

All of these teen idols are just marionettes for aging hipsters desperate to cash in somehow on the pop music it wouldn't be seemly for them to perform anymore.

When I saw that several of Britney Spears's hits had been written by Desmond Child, who I remembered as sort of a cut-rate Bryan Ferry/white half-Cuban precursor of Prince in the 1970s, I realized that I was getting old.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:31 PM on August 20, 2004

It's like a cross betwen the Spice Girls and Morning Musume
posted by jazon at 2:36 PM on August 20, 2004

Morning Musume is the group that has interchangeable, everchanging members, right? (like Menudo?)
posted by amberglow at 3:04 PM on August 20, 2004

Yeah, amberglow, MM is a big mixmash of singers and "projects" that you need a scorecard to keep straight. (but, oddly, I like their music. Sometimes.)

Huckapoo could also be described as a cross between Menudo and H.R. Puffenstuff.
posted by jazon at 3:36 PM on August 20, 2004

which makes me very very sure that this is an industry-packaged band.

i'm virtually dumbfounded that anyone would consider it anything else, for even a second. can there be any doubt? oh, and i strongly object to the use of the term 'band' to describe this. bands play instruments. do modern day mefites really not know what a band is? a band is not 2 geeks in the basement with casios, and a band is not five giggly bubblegummers too young to enter into legally binding contracts or fill out training bras. this is a pre-packaged, all-assembly-required fake vocal money machine in a box. pure marketing. it's quite probable none of these pedo-princesses had anything to do with the production of the audio they are selling. why is this noteworthy?
posted by quonsar at 3:46 PM on August 20, 2004

There was a point in my life when I finally understood that I didn't need to understand.

on preview: I dont think this is very interesting either q, but perhaps it is an opportunity to see the money machine doing what it does best: produce shiney-shiney baubles built to be broken.
posted by elwoodwiles at 3:52 PM on August 20, 2004


(And sadly, quonsar, I think the term "band" lost any pretensions of grandeur a while ago, starting with the "boy bands". Looks like we'll have to fall back on the last stand for quality in music.)
posted by LairBob at 3:57 PM on August 20, 2004

Huckapoo + shotsy = BFF!!11!!!
posted by shotsy at 4:45 PM on August 20, 2004

I use the word "band" here in its broadest sense, one that could include The Archies, or even Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass.

You can say that two geeks don't make a "band", but then what would that make Steely Dan? Was/Not Was? The Art of Noise?
posted by Sidhedevil at 4:47 PM on August 20, 2004

it's not interesting, it's hilarious.
posted by jann at 4:55 PM on August 20, 2004

Good point Sidhedevil. I wonder if the mighty q will deny They Might Be Giants the right to be called a 'band'.
posted by wendell at 4:59 PM on August 20, 2004

And, for the record, my Huckleberry Hound earworm has been killed off by an even more virulent invader: "Fox on the Run" by the Sweet.
posted by wendell at 5:03 PM on August 20, 2004

but then what would that make Steely Dan?

steely dan was a band at one time, remember "reelin' in the years"? i saw them at cobo hall opening for beck, bogert & appice at cobo hall in 1974. early steely dan included skunk baxter (later of doobie brothers) on guitar (that's him soloing on "reelin'"). later on, donald fagin and whatsisface dispensed with the band and touring and continued to release records as steely dan, assembling musicians as needed for the rare live performance.
posted by quonsar at 6:26 PM on August 20, 2004

anyway, two guys in a recording studio is not a band, for my money. i never heard of the other two you mention.
posted by quonsar at 6:27 PM on August 20, 2004

Totally bizarre coincidence...Skunk Baxter went to the same prep school as Trey Anastasio.

(Skunk didn't graduate, I think, although he donated a killer recording studio many years later. Trey and I graduated (with the "Dude of Life") in the same class, although we wouldn't probably know each other to meet in the street if he hadn't become so famous.)

It is hilarious, though, to see how Skunk has done a complete 180 from his "hippy" roots. Sort of reinforces the old cliche. Trey still seems pretty progressive (for now, at least--let's cross our fingers).
posted by LairBob at 6:46 PM on August 20, 2004

Is Nine Inch Nails not a band just because Trent Reznor is the only permanent member?

they aren't, actually
posted by abcde at 7:52 PM on August 20, 2004

All I can think of is...

[All] I'm gonna grab my girl and head to the beach
[All] Hic-a-doo-la!
[All] We're gonna all hang ten, then maybe then
[All] Hic-a-doo-la!
[Boys] Cause I'm a hic-a-doo-la boy,
[Girls] and I'm a hic-a-doo-la girl
[All] And together it is a hic-a-doo-la world
[All] Hic-a-doo-la!

[Chris] Mr Quagmire, what does "hic-a-doo-la" mean?
[All] What does "hic-a-doo-la" mean?
[Boy 1] Well hic-a-doo-la's that special feeling you get
[Boy 1] when you hold hands with your best girl,
[Girl] It's cheering real loud for the home team,
[Boy 2] It's catching the perfect wave,
[Captain] It's obeying all the rules!
[All] NO WAY!!!

[All] Hic-a-doo-la!

ala Family Guy
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:54 PM on August 20, 2004

When people ask me why I don't trust corporations, this may be my new example, rather than workers dying due to on-the-job exposure to hazardous materials.
posted by weston at 8:30 PM on August 20, 2004

Wow, quonsar, you mighta kinda shot your cred there with the "never heard of" remark about the Wases and Art of Noise. But you could've googled them and then pretended otherwise, so I at least admire your consistent candor.

But yeah, duh, this isn't anything other than an industry-prepackaged bubblegum entity - as Radosh repeatedly stresses - it's just that it seems to be the latest, most ridiculous example, pushing the envelope even further than previously thought possible, with the name one signal example (Radosh also provides a link to the clothing brand, there in the main link). So I thought it was worth a chuckle. Even more funny to me, though, is the people who feel the need to remark about how it's not worth remarking about.

As to "band," though, let's give up on that. It goes back further than all the ones noted (as well as one of my favorites, the Buggles - pre-AON Trevor Horn + Geoff Downes). What about the damn Beatles White Album? Was that done by a "band?" Most of the songs were assembled by one or two members, with the others not even in the neighborhood at the time. "Why Don't We Do it in the Road," if I remember right, is entirely Paul, and "Revolution 9" is just John & Yoko playing with reel-to-reel tape. Not that this is in any way analogous to Huckapoo, of course ("Huckapoo"!!!), it's just that restricting "band" to our favorite live, gritty, sincere rock-n-roll configuration has been a lost cause for a long, long, long time.
posted by soyjoy at 8:44 PM on August 20, 2004

So ... Hustler's "Barely Legal" has started a label?
posted by sacre_bleu at 9:11 PM on August 20, 2004

haha, Art of Noise. *yawn*
posted by Satapher at 9:33 PM on August 20, 2004

Azec Camera, Style Council, and Dire Straits are all one-star-plus-varying-sidemen bands (or "bands").
posted by kirkaracha at 9:33 PM on August 20, 2004

Dire Straits ended up that way (Mark Knopfler + whoever he hired, usually Guy Fletcher), but it definitely started as a band, as Steely Dan did.
posted by Vidiot at 10:18 PM on August 20, 2004

You're all a bunch of filthy poo huckers.
posted by Peter H at 7:34 AM on August 21, 2004

if you can HEAR the fuckin autotune, you not only know it sucks, you also know it's a hatchjob
posted by mr.marx at 8:04 AM on August 21, 2004

"filthy poo hucker" might just replace "uncle fucker" as my favourite juvenile epithet...
posted by Badmichelle at 8:04 AM on August 21, 2004

why is this noteworthy?

it's not interesting, it's hilarious.

MetaFilter: it's not interesting, it's hilarious.

MetaFilter: [when] it's not interesting, it's hilarious.

...as well as one of my favorites, the Buggles...

Huckapoo could also be described as a cross between Menudo and H.R. Puffenstuff.

Buggles? Oh yeah, I had a huge crush on one of them when I was a tiny tot! (Oooh, here she is in a French maid's costume.) No, wait, that's someone else (Krofft/Puffenstuff reference here.)

Ease up, quonsar! Take a long walk or something!
posted by Shane at 9:37 AM on August 21, 2004


Enacted by bunnies!
posted by konolia at 10:15 AM on August 21, 2004

a cross between Menudo and H.R. Puffenstuff

This is the only description that makes me want to hear more from these jokers.

And whenever anyone asks me who Desmond Child is, I just tell them that he wrote both "Livin' On A Prayer" and "Livin' La Vida Loca." The man's a genius, but I wouldn't let him near my kids.
posted by chicobangs at 10:58 AM on August 21, 2004

not to crack anyones egg, but you can hear (Antares) Autotune on most radio waves
posted by Satapher at 12:54 PM on August 21, 2004

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