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Video Thunderdome!

A song about daytime lovemaking

ts-starland6We’re going to switch things up a little this week in the Video Thunderdome.

In 1976, America was overcome with bicentennial fever. On that fourth of July, the country marveled at the site of fireworks displays the likes of which no one had ever seen. I was five years old that July fourth, and I remember two things from that day. The first was the fireworks at the local fairgrounds, and the second was a song– Starland Vocal Band’s Afternoon Delight.

Thinkin’ of you’s workin’ up my appetite
looking forward to a little afternoon delight.
Rubbin’ sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
and the thought of rubbin’ you is getting so exciting.

The five year-old KeeblerKahn had no clue what those lyrics meant, but I’m sure that didn’t stop me from singing along to the song. The song was supposedly inspired by the late-afternoon appetizer on the menu at the restaurant called Clyde’s in Georgetown. That may be where the name came from, but Starland Vocal Band is not singing about food.

Starland Vocal Band was poised to break into the big time after Afternoon Delight hit the charts. They were nominated for five Grammy Awards for their debut album. They won two awards for Best arrangement (voices) and Best New Act. In 1977, they had their own variety show that ran on CBS for six weeks, but ultimately they could never match their breakout smash hit, Afternoon Delight. They remained a one hit wonder, and the band finally broke up in 1981.

Starland Vocal Band was made up of two married couples, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, and Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman. I’ll leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions as to just how close these two couples really were. Although, considering it was the swinging 70s, the era of key parties and porn chic,  it just doesn’t seem right that the group that sang an iconic song about daytime sexy time wasn’t engaging in a little late night decadence–even if Bill Danoff doesn’t look like the type of guy to get any lovin’ at all. But hey, it was the 70s, so who knows.

Both couples would later get divorces but continued to remain close and perform together from time to time. Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert also co-wrote the song Take Me Home, Country Roads with John Denver.

Will Ferrell and the cast of Anchorman released their version of the song to go along with the movie. I particularly like the smack on Christina Applegate’s ass at the end, but that’s just me.

Whose version reigns supreme? It’s Starland Vocal Band vs. the cast of Anchorman. Cast your vote.

Irene Cara and Patrick Swayze are tied for last week’s Video Thunderdome!, so if you haven’t voted head over and make your choice.

I have to give an honorable mention to University of Chicago’s a cappella group, “Voices In Your Head” for their take on Afternoon Delight.  If you have some time, you might want to check out some of their other songs.

History lesson time: If you’re confused by the photo at the top of this post don’t be. It’s called an “album cover.” Some of our younger readers may have never actually seen one before. It’s like the picture on the front of a CD booklet only much larger. Later on I’ll blow your mind and tell you about 8 tracks.

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April 17, 2009 - Posted by | Daily Whims, Video Thunderdome! | , , , ,


  1. I went with Anchorman due to my love of all things Rudd. And also my unhealthy and disturbing infatuation of naked Ferrell.

    But I want to know if they may have confiscated the stylist of Capt. and Tenille? I imaging it must have gotten the Capt’s porn stache in a tizzy that someone else was wearing his sailor shirt. At least they left him with his ascot.

    Comment by cookiebees | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. I, too, went with the cast of Anchorman, mostly due to my surprise at what serviceable singers they all are! You expect a real band to be able to sing. 4 comics? Not so much.

    (If it’s not really them, pls. don’t tell me. I like to pretend that everything in Hollywood is exactly how it appears. J.Lo and Marc Anthony? Happily married. John Travolta and Tom Cruise. Totally hetero, yo. And sane, too. Gwyneth Paltrow? An altruistic sage, yearning to share her — BWAHAHAHAHA! Nope, can’t even keep a straight face for that one.)

    Comment by SeaKat | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. SeaKat hahahahaha!!

    I also went with the cast of Anchorman because of the kittens.

    What? I’m a cat-loyalist 😛

    Also the Starland Vocal Band version had more instruments in the song than were actually played…and that disturbed me. Although the one chick’s really long hair was kind of hypnotizing.

    Comment by TheHobo | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. I heart Thundersquee! but I can’t bring myself to watch the videos, because I am scared this song will get in my head and I’ll never be able to get it out. It’s happened before! (I’m looking at you Lionel Richie.)

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. baby fish mouth says: (I’m looking at you Lionel Richie.)

    I think you mean “Hello.”

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hahahahaha

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 17, 2009 | Reply

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