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Dewey BS: I Love Lawrence Welk! (58* d) Gotta Have My Lawrence Welk! 26 Sep 04

I've got A T.V. at my place of work. Every Sunday night, me and the boss watch Re-runs of the Lawrence Welk Show on PBS. (Gets kinda slow on Sundays, And yes I still get paid for watching the show)

My favorite programs are those from the mid- 1970's giant funky orange colored suits, Tom Netherland (with the Greg Brady Sideburns) doing the worst (best) renditions of popular 1970's hits imaginable.

Some all-time favorites (done in the tastefully tasteless Lawrence musical tradition and in full Lawrence style) are:

Opps Before I begin, for those of you that do not understand the Lawrence Welk sound:

Think of Elevator Music Done to any popular song you may have heard in an elevator, but is/was a current hit, and then imagine the most talentless and deluded amatuers imaginable attempting to sing it with totally confidence and exaggerated expression with perfectly stilted canned meter (i.e. the offbeat becomes just as important as the onbeat.... Like an E.K.G. machine only there is less pulse)

My all time favorites are:

1. Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings (Tom Netherland in his beautiful Plade suite)

2. Thank God I'm A Country Boy (Sung of Course by the Lennon Sisters who of course think they are country boys)

3. My Way (Sung By the Irish Tenor Guy in irish Tenor Style, A Real Show Stopper)

This show is much like the "Gong Show" only that, I think.... Lawrence was actually serious.

The show polarized people into two groups:

1. Those that took Lawrence seriously and thought he was an entertainment God.

2. Those that didn't take him seriously and thought he was an entertainment God.

I am in the second group.

Opps! actually there is a third group:

Those that hated Lawrence but were forced to watch him by parents or grandparents who guarded the T.V. channel. (this group is known as the "nightmare" group.

When people come into the store on Lawrence Night (Sunday, 7:00 p.m. PBS) and see the boss and myself watching it, there is usually one of two comments that occur:

1. Oh, you watching Lawrence Welk what are wonderful show, he's from North Dakota ya know!


2. That guy's dead isn't he? Boy I hated that show. when I was a kid we use to have to sit and watch that crap with Mom, Dad/Grandma, Grandpa all the time, It still gives me nightmares.

Another cool feature of the Lawrence Tradition was the time spent showing off various offspring and relatives of the Lawrence family/musicial family, displaying little kids before the crowd and bragging how perfect the family was, something like the following:

So and so is older now and HAPPILY MARRIED, has a wonderful career, gifted in such and such, and has two beuatiful child and a wonderful faith in God. ( no one on the show or their offspring of course was ever DIVORCED, ON DRUGS UN-EMPLOYEED, A GANGSTER ETC.


Gotta have My Lawrence, Much funnier than American Idea, Must more idealist than the Gong Show, and much more "Wholesome" than anything out there going today on the "E" network.


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