Monday, March 14, 2011

"Disco Duck" by Rick Dees

Years before Rick Dees became a respected purveyor of acclaimed popular music via his syndicated radio show The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown he managed to shovel this unholy drivel into every ear it reached; in fact, more than six million copies of Disco Duck were sold in 1976, making it very nearly one of the worst hate crimes in history. Naturally, I couldn't resist including it here on his birthday...

This clip is practically the song's definitive performance, from a little show called The Midnight Special; produced by Dick Ebersol, it was eventually canceled so that he could take over Saturday Night Live after the departure of Lorne Michaels. After Michaels' return to SNL, Ebersol went on to produce Friday Night Videos, which wouldn't have showed anything this louche.
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