The Bugaloos, the bugaloos–they’re in the air and everywhere! Flying high, flying loose, flying free in the summer breeze…
Oh, Bugaloos! I must admit I am only familiar with them through re-runs, but man, each episode I saw was like a psychadelic dream.
I would have loved to have been in the room when Sid and Marty Krofft pitched the show to NBC corporate executives…
“We have this idea for a happy peace-loving insect rock band that play in a magical forest and are antagonized by a villain who will be played by Martha Raye in an orange feather head-dress and she’ll be driven around by a rat. It’s gonna be HUGE!”
Well, maybe not so huge, but definitively memorable. Who couldn’t love such a groovy insect band? Let me introduce you to the characters…
First we have IQ, the clever and dreamy grasshopper who was the lead singer and lead charmer in the band. Fun fact: Phil Collins was up for this part, but instead it went to the devestatingly handsome John McIndoe, whose career pretty much stalled to nothing after the Bugaloos. Hmm… Perhaps Phil Collins owes John McIndoe a fruit basket…
And Harmony, everyone’s favorite piano playing bumble bee, who rocks a widow’s peak in his afro. That should be enough for us to worship him.
There was Courage, played by John Phillpot. I think it must have taken a lot of moxie for a guy to play a ladybug! And alas there wasn’t a single single picture of him. Sorry.
And last, but certainly not least was Joy, the cutest thing EVER in her pink butterfly outfit, which I would have loved to wear for Halloween or Memorial day or any day, because it is so freaking cute. Just like her. And please note the longer proto-Dorothy Hammill hairdo.
And of course Benita Bizarre, played by the magnificent Martha Raye. Why do the villains always get the best outfits? And hats? And rat chauffeurs?
Poor Benita–all she wanted was to get the local radio station to play her awful/off key songs. And of course foil everything the Bugaloos ever did!
But she did have the sweetest pad around. She lived in a jukebox. Take that and your fur covered walls, Lenny Kravitz!
And if that wasn’t enough–have you seen the Bugaloos car? I wanted that almost as badly as Joy’s ballerina butterfly dress.
And it wasn’t just me. This amazing butterfly car wasn’t immediately junked–oh no. It still lives on and travels the world at car shows.
The Bugaloos were so awesome that mankind could only handle one season of them. But don’t worry–those 17 glorious episodes are available on DVD and yes, they are totally worth it. How kiddo friendly are they? Well, let’s just say… I was having nightmares about Martha Raye’s rat chauffeur for years. But for YOUR viewing pleasure–absolutely!
However, I would recommend the amazing soundtracks! After all, the Bugaloos did produce some clever ditties. Besides the great tunes, the record albums are totally cool.
Someone totally needs to do a Bugaloo-inspired nursery! And put this album cover on the wall!
Thanks, NBC and Krofft Brothers for the Saturday morning ride of a lifetime with the Bugaloos!
Did you ever catch an episode of the Bugaloos?