You’re so super hip, you make love a trip!
On the eve of the eve of the State of the Union Address tonight (to be given by Barack Obama, star of The Barack Obama Show) I’m reminded of one of my favorite films, The Love God?, starring one of my favorite funny men, Don Knotts.
Don’t make the connection? Well, The Love God? was made in 1969 as a Don Knotts vehicle. Don plays Abner Audubon Peacock, the publisher of a fading bird-watcher’s magazine named Peacock Magazine which a sleazy promoter named Osborn Tremaine (played by Edmond O’Brien) converts into a hip nudie magazine. This catapults the new Peacock Magazine into a national phenomenon, so they need the publisher (Knotts) to play their Hugh Hefner character in order to give the franchise a personality.
The only problem is that Mr Peacock is in reality an awkward, square character, not suited to the free love scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. No problem, really: threw shrewd media manipulation they manage to convince the American public that the awkward, shy, and unglamorous Abner Peacock. And from there forward, the sky is the limit!
Remind you of anyone we know?
In my favorite scene from the film, Abner (now the free love icon of the era) is honored by fawning, gullible elites, who are too dim to realize that their ‘Mr Peacock’ is a figment of their imaginations. The showstopper features the beautiful Darlene Love with The Blossoms on backup vocals, the keen musical sound of Orange Colored Sky, a half dozen leggy showgirls, and a dancing Don Kotts. In other words, there’s no way this musical number can be improved upon!
PS: Yes, I know all the lyrics to this song, and have known them for over 20 years. But I suspect you had guessed that.
PPS: Special thanks to my friend Donna Marie Majoros Oswald for creating the idea, which was that spark that inspired me to write this post. Thank you!