From the Stacks

From the Stacks: Hudson Brothers – Hollywood Situation

The Hudson Brothers hosted an absolutely horrible variety show in the mid ’70s.  It really sucked, which of course meant that my sister and I loved it.

One Christmas we received as a gift a little tape recorder.  We spent hours recording our own versions of our favorite sketch, “The Adventures Of Chucky Margolis”:

Honestly our versions couldn’t have been much worse.

Mark Hudson went on to become a mega producer/songwriter, most notably with Aerosmith.  Bill and Brett still kick around the entertainment business, too.

This album has really no collector value or artistic merit — just a lot of sentimental value for me.  I’m guessing you can buy your own copy for a buck or less.  Happy hunting.

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  1. I loved this show! Chucky, Fab Freddie, The Island of Pegi Pegi and Rod Hull and the Emu! The skits were better than the songs, but I think I have a 45 of ‘Rendezvous’ somewhere.

  2. I used to love this show! But in answer to your question to Robbo, I imagine if I saw it now my affection would be all nostalgic.

  3. I looked up a few videos. Couldn’t find one of Pegi Pegi, which had the funny opening line of “Ho hum. Another boring day on the island of Pegi Pegi.” Freddie still makes me chuckle when at the end of the skits he always offers the brothers some sort of food that just isn’t appetizing and the brothers respond in unison, “No thanks, we’re trying to cut down.” Chucky (“Heyy, Mar-go-lis!”) had it’s hits and misses, but I think the funniest part of it are Mark and Brett’s voices. Hull’s Emu is simply classic. With that fake arm around the bird he really did make that thing come to life. The Hudson show was just a small part in his career. Hull had some balls too. When he met the Queen, Emu attacked the flower bouquet she was holding.
    Silly and childish – yes. Simple and asinine – oh, yeah. But that’s the stuff that makes my cheeks hurt and tears roll down them (Benny Hill, Carrot Top, the Unknown Comic, Rip Taylor – God bless you all). So if one isn’t into that sort of comedy, the Hudsons won’t razzle dazzle everyone. Nostalgia does play a part. I laughed at it when I was kid, but I also laughed at the videos I found. In the end I guess I’d rather watch reruns of that and laugh at the silly than sit through most of today’s comedies and just stare at the unfunny. Now please excuse me. I’m a little hoarse, (holding up little toy horse)!! RIMSHOT!!

    • There certainly is that. I chuckled a few times at this Chucky Margolis sketch when I wasn’t scratching my head at the child abuse. A five year-old living in the basement and only allowed upstairs to drink the bongwater? Try to get that one on prime time nowadays…

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