Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Bugaloos: They're in the Air and Everywhere! [1970s Television]

The Bugaloos, the 1970s Sid & Marty Krofft production

Many of you Generation X-ers recall the Sid & Marty Krofft television series The Bugaloos from the 1970s, and it's most likely been years since you've seen it. Well, we've got The Bugaloos intro and closing on video, and some fun information about the show that you probably didn't know.

"The Bugaloos are in the air and everywhere!"

The Bugaloos, which originally aired Saturday mornings between 1970-1971, was replayed through the late 1970s on Sid & Marty Krofft's television series. Other Sid & Marty Krofft favorites were Land of the Lost, Dr. Shrinker, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.

The Bugaloos

The cast of The Bugaloos:

John McIndoe as I.Q.
Caroline Ellis as Joy
John Philpott as Courage
Caroline Ellis as Joy
Wayne Laryea as Harmony

Billy Barty as Sparky the firefly
Martha Raye as Benita Bizarre

Martha Raye as "Benita Bizarre"
Martha Raye, a staple in comedy in the 1960s and 1970s, played the Bugaloos' villainess 'Benita Bizarre' perfectly. A jealous, crusty, mischievous woman usually decked out in sequins and feathers, who lives in a giant jukebox. She wishes she could be as musically talented as The Bugaloos, and is insanely jealous. She disrupts the peaceful forest with her obnoxious singing which blares from her jukebox home.

"We had Bieber hair WAAY before it was cool."
Advertised as the next Monkees, more than 5,000 hopefuls turned out for The Bugaloos' roles. Elton John's future manager John Reid and Phil Collins both tried out for the role of I.Q. and both made it to the final 3. A man named John McIndoe ended up winning the role, he later recalled: "If one of those guys had gotten it instead of me, rock-'n'-roll history might have changed. Whenever I see them, I say, 'Hey guys, you were lucky you didn't get the part.'"

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