Ever since discovering The Ernie Kovacs Show on video, I've been a fan of this 1950s comedic genius who Jack Lemmon characterized as "always 15 years ahead of everyone else." Thanks to poking around YouTube last night I learned that he was ahead of his time in other ways. The chicken puppetry set to music that leads off the brilliant Kitchen Symphony predates Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer video by more than 20 years. Granted Gabriel's chicken was raw and danced to decidedly funkier music.
Kovacs' roasted chicken sets the stage for a musical meal in which every item in the kitchen, including water taps, sardines, cutlery and egg slicer dance to a lounge lizard rendition of Cherokee by Juan Esquivel. Vegetarians may wish to turn away during the explosive salad sequence.
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