Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tonight at 7pm---What Color is Turkey Skin: An Up With People Thanksgiving
Special MOMC fill in for Pseu Braun tonight on WFMU. One hour of Up With People :The Cult of Banality. From Wikipedia:
The roots of Up with People can be found in the Sing Out shows of Moral Re-Armament (MRA) in the mid-1960s. Previously, throughout its existence, MRA had staged dramatic performances with music to put forth its message which consisted of its four tenets of "love, honesty, purity and unselfishness." With the Sing Out shows, the dramatic elements were removed. Later, Up with People was separated from MRA under the leadership of J. Blanton Belk in 1968.
In 1976, Up with People began to make frequent appearances at the Super Bowl; the group performed in four Super Bowl halftime shows between 1976 and 1986 (the most of any act in the game's history), and performed at the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXV in 1991. By the 1990s, the style of halftime performance they helped define during the 1970s and 1980s (which centered around themed, musical-style spectacles which aimed to "fill the field") were frequently lambasted as the worst halftime shows ever by critics for being too dated and not in touch with modern popular culture, leading organizers to shift towards popular musicians for future halftime shows.
Among notable alumni of Up With People cast is actress Glenn Close, who was a featured vocalist during the 1960s, singing lead and appearing on the picture sleeve of the Up With People single "The World is Your Hometown."
Tune in at 7pm EST or listen to the archives after. Either way, its a fucked up world of misery and despair.