How to be a REAL hipster

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I was thinking about Playboy After Dark for complicated reasons. (OK, I was thinking about Harry Nilsson, which made me think about an episode of PAD wherein he sang “Good Old Desk.”) Playboy After Dark was sort of amusingly horrible, but then these amazing people would do things only they could do in a  semi-convincing simulacrum of a casual setting. So watch Sammy. There’s a lot of goofing around about the recorded background arrangements, but he himself is really singing. Watch him dance in the second number. See if you can NOT smile.


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21 thoughts on “How to be a REAL hipster

  1. Patrice Fitzgerald

    Wow. Like a spaceship back in time. Loved his cool cool cat singing. And that was a pretty good “record” they put on — able to respond to his timing in an amazing way!

    What struck me most was the self-conscious pseudo comfort of the white folks with the black guests — who were the performers — except that one couple sitting on the ledge. She looks like she’s nervous to be there. And this isn’t her idea of a fun party.

    Clothes, poses, decorative women — artificiality par excellence. Really interesting to see. Do you know the year?

    P.S. Singing with both wine and cigs in hand! Awesome!

  2. Richard

    Nearly as good as Billy Crystal’s imitation of Sammy Davis Junior. Now that man knew how to carry a cigarette and wear some bling.

  3. boffo, the chimp

    just the mention of playboy after dark made me think of seeing the grateful dead there. jerry garcia was wearing a poncho that looked more like a sears poncho than a real poncho. i’m certain many of the late ’60’s hipsters in the crowd were sampling whatever illegal substances the boys had brought along because they all sat smiling through a tasty version of “mountains of the moon” that the dead hardly ever even played for their fans. and i think they did “st. steven” too.
    hugh hefner deserves a lot of credit. i have mixed feelings about that statement but i’ll stand by it. that is really what that era gave us. a different way to look at everything. at least the band didn’t break out the nitrous tanks and play “what’s become of the baby”.

    1. Professor Poop

      “…more like a Sears poncho then a real poncho.” No foolin. She have a snake for a pet and an amulet. And was she was breeding a dorf but she wasn’t done yet. She had gray green skin – a doll with a pin. I told her she was alright but I couldn’t come in.

      So as I wondered through the doorway, just like a shadow from the tomb. She told me that her stereo was four way, and I’d just love it in her room.

  4. Allen Marko

    Saw the Sammy clip in a documentary on Hef showing on one of the cable channels. I’m conflicted about Hef, as many of the people interviewed seemed to be. He apparently was a civil rights progressive, putting interracial musical groups on PAD and giving Dick Gregory his start. Many of the literary features in the mag were great. ( I was not aware that Fahrenheit 451 was firsst published as a serial in Playboy.) However, the man comes off as just so creepy, at least today. Also the Playboy Philosophy isa bunch of crap from what I remember of it (I admit I was more interested in the pictures back then)

  5. peter brush

    I didn’t know Hefner had a tv show. I had no tv that year in any case, but I’m glad to have missed the show entirely. I’m not conflicted; Hef is an ass.
    A great performance by Sammy D., and with drink and cig in hand, no less. I hadn’t known that he concealed his mother’s Cuban heritage, preferring to characterize her as Puerto Rican. Not only was Sammy “a one-eyed Negro Jew,” but he was that rarest of creatures, a Negro Jewish Republican. Guess his affiliation had less to do with ideology than with the fact that he was snubbed by the JFK Inaugural because he’d married a white chick, but still have to give him credit. (Hefner probably still says, “chick,” I bet.)

  6. Todd Zaino


    I was born in 1964 so I am certain about this…but wasn’t “dame” or “broad” what the Rat Pack and Sinatra liked to use? Speaking of Sinatra…JFK blew him off once he won in 1961-Kennedy chose the safer Bing Crosby to host a party for him…I loved seeing Old Blue Eyes dancing with Mrs. Reagan when we had an actual adult in the White House…ahhh, the good old days.

  7. peter brush

    I confess to the occasional sixty-ism, including the offensive, sexist, misogynist one in question; mainly, however,it’s not because of my immaturity as such, but out of an immature will to annoy bien pensant chicks of the Lady Movement. But, while I said Hef still probably talks that way in earnest the same can be said of Sammy D. Jr., at least if one can believe what he finds on them internets. Unlike smoking or drinking, I imagine saying “chicks” may still be allowed on television, just as “far out,” “groovy,”and “cool” may still be. Speaking of drinking, I’d say that Sammy exaggerated its power to insulate against stupidity, at least if my own experience is a guage.
    If you want to get known as a singer you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That’s publicity, man.
    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
    Sammy Davis, Jr.

  8. Todd Zaino

    peter: Your “chicks of the lady movement” is too good, I think I am going to steal it…I’ll give you full credit. I just spat coffee all over my Dell when I read what you wrote…too funny! The liberal fems who read this blog are not going to be very happy with you…but when was the last time you ever saw a feminist smile?

    1. Cynical Susan

      “…but when was the last time you ever saw a feminist smile?”

      I smile when I see how ridiculous some anti-feminists can be.

        1. Professor Poop

          Ya, Todd ermines me of one of my big male Ct’s who shows is affection with a little female by jumping all over her until she screams in pain.

        1. Cynical Susan

          Yeah yeah yeah — and I dated a conservative for 8. But he liked feminists, if by that one means strong independent female humans whom he considered his equals. Just thinking of him makes me smile.

  9. Brian X

    The Mom in Oceans actually says her son is probably off with some jiggly little number. How great is that.

  10. peter brush

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    Sammy wasn’t from the same tribe as Bloomberg; his tribe was intellectually honester.
    Another good thing about him; he died with a big debt to the federal government; distinguishes him from unusual, not to say perverted, dumb-asses like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harvard class of 1861, who leave their estates to the g.d. federal govt.
    In his will, Holmes left his residuary estate to the United States government (he had earlier said that “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society”

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