Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Quiz: Bands Performing on Television and Films in the ‘60s

Text © Robert Barry Francos
Images from the Internet

The following quiz appeared in FFanzeen #5, in 1980 (though I’ve updated the text a bit), and the answers appeared in the subsequent issue. Rather than have you wait, the answers are written below, along with links, where available, to see particular clips referred. No peeking, and feel free to leave a comment on this blog on how you did.

The theme is: what musicians appeared in – and performed on – particular TV shows and movies? There are slight hints given.



1. The Munsters [as themselves]

2. The Mothers-In-Law [as themselves]

3. The Dick van Dyke Show [as the Redcoats]

4. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies [as themselves]

5. Gilligan’s Island [as the Mosquitoes]

6. Batman [as Pussycat, Catwoman’s assistant]


7. Having a Wild Weekend [as themselves]

8. Diary of a Mad Housewife [as themselves]

9. Rollercoaster [as themselves]

10. Hold On [as themselves]

11. The Girl Can’t Help It [as themselves, in another studio]

12. What’s Up Tiger Lily? [as themselves]

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1. On The Munsters, who can forget Eddie’s words as he stated, “Hey, pop! Those neat guys are the Standells!” as they performed “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Do the Ringo.”

Bonus, the Standells in the film, Riot on Sunset Strip:

2. Not only were the Seeds onThe Mothers-In-Law, but they performed their great hit, “Pushin’ Too Hard.”

3. They drove Mel crazy as the Redcoats, but Chad and Jeremy were wonderful on The Dick van Dyke Show.
Bonus: they were also on Batman:

4. Can’t you still picture the twins singing with the Righteous Brothers on Please Don’t Eat the Daisies? [No embedding, so…]

5. Les Brown Jr. and the Wellingtons appeared on Gilligan’s Island as the Mosquitoes, and sang the series iconic theme song, as well.

6. Ah, Leslie Gore as Pussycat… How can anyone call Batman boring?

7. Having a Wild Weekend may have been the name of the film, but it was Dave Clark 5 and their “Catch Us If You Can” that was most memorable to me.

8. Was that really Alice Cooper singing, snake and all, at the party in Diary of a Mad Housewife?

9. In the middle of Rollercoaster, filmed in Sensurround (basically big woofers in the front and back of the theater that give us ushers headaches every night), there was a few shots of Sparks doing a couple of songs from the Big Beat album (including Sal Miada!). Remember when Sparks were great?

10. The Herman’s Hermits, and in Hold Onj, Peter Noone got the lovely Shelley Fabares. The video quality here sucks, but:
Bonus, just coz I like it:
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11. As Jayne Mansfield walked into the studio to record her song in The Girl Can’t Help It, there was Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps doing the classic “Be-Bop-A-Lula.”

Bonus, because it’s a great song:

12. And finally, from Woody Allen’s funniest film, What’s Up Tiger Lily?, the music makers in the film were the one and only Lovin’ Spoonful.

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