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THIS RANT 01/11/2000


Dr Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine

The recently released Supremes 4-CD box set (which comes in a somewhat ludicrous velvet package, as you can see) contains a number of rare tracks recorded by the band. One of these goes under the somewhat unexpected title 'Dr Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine'. You might suspect that this was just another sign of psychedelic 60s excess, but in fact it's the theme song to a long-forgotten 1965 movie starring Vincent Price.

By far the most ludicrous moment in this generally ludicrous song comes at the end of the first bridge, when the eternally nasal Diana Ross sings the following lines:

He'd push a button, and just like nothing
A girl would appear, I mean right here
The cutest girl in the whole wide world
And she'd behave just like a slave!

While these lyrics are bad enough, what sends this song into the stratosphere is the backing vocals. Immediately after the lines above, the Supremes kick in with a heartfelt 'Whoo!', which seems mildly inappropriate, to say the least. To really appreciate this gag, you have to hear it; by a happy coincidence, the 30 second sample of this song held at CDnow includes precisely this sublime moment. Listen up and try not to laugh.

Just thought I'd share that with you.


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