There’s no better way to celebrate the reformation of the Army of Lovers than by making them today’s Sparkle Video. This clip is especially hypnotic as it’s a remix of the epic “Crucified” with dazzling Sound Factory Flava”. I’m into it Soldiers! They look just as fabulous as ever, especially Jeane-Pierre and his flowing locks – but it’s always been about him anyway, hasn’t it? They’ve made some appearances in 2013 and I truly hope they are planning a world tour soon as I would like to meet with them and discuss the idea of joining forces to become the Sparkle Army of Lovers. While their mission may seem slightly different than ours, “fighting hatred and intolerance everywhere until everybody on the planet can have sex with everybody else all of the time”, it’s really not. If you add “sparkling from head to toe while dancing under disco balls and laser beams”, it would be one glitteringly huge show-stopping force.
Today’s Sparkle Video is an excerpt from a very short-lived variety show from 1980 called “Pink Lady & Jeff”. Jeff Altman was the comedian part of the team and Pink Lady was the famous Japanese singing duo, known for their disco hit “Kiss in the Dark”. What’s really weird is that all of the information online refers to this show as the “worst show ever made”, but I strongly disagree. One look at this clip where Mie and Kei are performing a song called “Monster”, while dressed in LeGaspi-esque costumes complete with sparkle accents and space cuffs (get some!) and the most disco-smokiest entrance known to man, is one of the most amazing showbiz moments I’ve ever seen. And just think Soldiers- there were only five episodes made of this magical splendor, but there could have been so many more! I guess people were just not ready for this kind of fabulous on TV, because that’s the only thing that explains it.
Today’s Sparkle Video is another glorious clip from the legendary TV show, Midnight Special, featuring The Sylvers who topped the charts in 1976 with this classic called “Boogie Fever”. One of the things I love about sibling groups from this era is the dazzling concept of matching sparkle outfits, especially with a family of this size where the it’s the most effective. The visual of several tall, slender men all wearing satin pants and bedazzled tops covered by jackets with shimmering metallic lapels and topped off with extra large afros is almost too much of a good thing. But it’s never too much, is it? So, add in the sisters in disco-tastic dresses of buttery yellow trimmed with silver sequins and little brother Foster (who became a superstar in his solo career) in a stand-out pair of metallic pants, and it all just screams perfection! And Soldiers, I think all of us can relate to eating our pizza (and many other things!) while dancing to the beat, because if there’s one thing we have in common, aside from being fabulous, it’s the boogie fever.
Get ready because today’s Sparkle Video is gonna take you there! And by “there”, I mean KABLAM! Witness Rick James and band “Throw Down” in the most dazzling way possible, which is by looking like glamorous spaced-out-sparkle-sluts. I really can’t say it enough Soldiers, but this is exactly how superstars are supposed to look. Spandex, metallics, sequins and glitter are all holding court on that stage, including the background singers who are rocking “dancing-school fabulous” accented with cheek contour for days. It’s true perfection indeed, but then top it off with gobs of billowing smoke and there you have it: KABLAM!