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23 October 2009

Soupy Sales
I want my dollar back! dead at 83. Alice Cooper on The Soupy Sales Show 1979.
Wow, there was some awful stuff on TV back then. I probably damaged my brain watching too much stuff like this while the rest of you were just getting into cool drugs or something.

But what I want to know is what lengths did Alice go to to achieve the "girly" look in this related video. Or maybe not.
posted by DarkForest 23 October | 02:11
I remember Soupy Sales more for his semi-regular appearances on What's My Line and I believe The Match Game. His show in the early 60s is a fleeting memory.

what lengths did Alice go to to achieve the "girly" look - When the band was signed to Zappa's label, the GTO's would dress him like a life-size Barbie doll, basically short skirts over tight slacks and such. In 1974 or '75, Circus magazine published some pictures of them from that era.
posted by Ardiril 23 October | 06:52
RIP, Soupy. I bet you're taking a pie in the face in heaven right now.
posted by flapjax at midnite 23 October | 07:57
My dad was an out-of-work, 20-something slacker in Windsor, Ontario in the 1950s. While babysitting his kid sister one summer, he discovered the Soupy Sales Show (at the time, still a local Detroit TV show), and it was a revelation:

Here was a show with all the bawdy, madcap hilarity and sly, arch wit of the Sid Caesar Show (another favorite of his), and yet it was supposedly aimed at kids! Over the course of that summer, the show would become appointment TV for both his little sister and him. (She eventually "outgrew" the show, but he stayed faithful, and continued regularly tuning in long after his babysitting duties had ended.)

When he used to tell us this story, it always made me think of my favorite show at the time, Pee-Wee's Playhouse—a nominal kids show with similar odd-ball appeal to the 20-something slackers of my day. And so the generation gap was bridged, at least for a little while.

Well done, Soupy.
posted by Atom Eyes 23 October | 11:02
Heh. Once Soupy asked all the little children watching to go into their parents wallets and send him, I think, a dollar. Man, he caught a lot of shit for that.

*Soupy Sales Salute*
posted by MonkeyButter 23 October | 13:12
I got into him while he was on local in LA. He was great. Something no one's mentioned was the elastic "tie" or whatever it was. . .people would snap it, and there would be the requisite sound effect.
posted by danf 23 October | 13:40
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