Azura Sings The Hits Of 1980!

As proof and exemplar of my love for you, dear Readers, I offer the above video. Perhaps you were aware of it before today; I was not and I feel compelled to share.

See, way back in the early 1980’s, Lynda Carter was famous for playing the role of Wonder Woman. For some reason that must surely seem completely inexplicable in retrospect to her, she must have been concerned about being typecast as a sexy superhero. (Most recently, she voiced two characters in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; not coincidentally, she is married to Robert Altman, the CEO of ZeniMax Media, Skryim’s producer.)

Ms. Carter therefore tried a few things to break out of the typecasting career cul-de-sec she saw herself headed down, including five variety shows in the then-prevailing fashion of Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore. (She hasn’t given up on the singing, either: she released her third album about a year and a half ago.) The above video is a relic of this, which I stumbled across while eating lunch at my desk today.

My mind is still reeling.

If you’re still reading this, I know you share my taste for the surreal. And no, I rather doubt that’s really KISS–I think it’s dancers* wearing the KISS makeup. And that’s not even the most bizarre sequence, in a video of a four-part song medley which I submit may very well be the most bizarre thing you see on the Internet today, if not all week.

You’re welcome.

* Now, I wouldn’t make any assumptions just because they’re inexplicably costumed with decidedly un-KISS-like flourescent-colored boas. But if that had been the real Gene Simmons, he would have at least spared a glance at Ms. Carter’s fantastic costume. These fellows clearly don’t care one tiny bit that the contents of Wonder Woman’s bustier were spilling out of that Vegas showgirl outfit, mere inches from their faces. You can draw your own conclusions from that.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. Thoughts:

    1.) I did not realize KISS ever played Carnivale;
    2.) Lady Gaga claims to have been “Born This Way”, but I assume she has seen this video, making an argument for nurture, not nature;
    3.) The best part is how the gorilla’s eyes follow her all over the stage. That is the leeringest ape-backdrop ever.

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