Oh, dear readers, did you forget 1977 entirely? Not that I blame you, but come on!
Kaptain Kool & the Kongs were the hosts/house band for the awful Krofft Supershow back in the 1970's. The first season, they were a glam rock band that (although it was never admitted to) apparently huffed a lot of paint. They looked like this the first season:
As if that weren't scary enough, you can see them introduce themselves here.
The show was an awful, and not even in a good way, mixing of horrible shows that Sid & Marty Krofft couldn't foist on the public individually. The first season included Wonderbug:
and Deidre Hall hoping you didn't see her in the title role of Electra Woman:
Just to make you afraid to ask me to remember any more about this train wreck of a television program, here's the opening intro from a first season show.
After the first season, someone apparently put the bong down long enough to see that this was pretty bad, even by Saturday morning network television standards, and cleaned up the show. Sorta. First, they dressed Kaptain Kool & the Kongs like the Fonz:
And they replaced all the mini-shows except Wonderbug with more dignified programming like Bigfoot & Wildboy, the heartwarming tale of a Sasquatch and the kid he was raising for some reason, although the guy who played Wildboy was easily in his twenties:
And, before you accuse me of going totally off-topic, there was even a comic book put out by Whitman. So there!
It lasted six issues. And before you turn up your nose at the fact it only lasted six issues, keep in mind that this is half of the lifespan of Nextwave, so it's not like we know good stuff when we see it these days, either.
Be careful when you ask me questions, dear ones. Sometimes, the answer is this.
Now, just to freak you out even further, the guys in the band actually have some cred. The guy who played "Flatbush" was Bert Sommer, who played a solo gig at Woodstock and the guy who played Turkey was the drummer for Three Dog Night. A halfway decent performance can be found here.
And, by the way - the guy who played Kaptain Kool became a well-known director, having directed a slew of popular sitcoms and the last two installments of the Santa Clause movies. He also won an Emmy for his work on Friends (yes, the one with Jennifer Aniston).
You'll find as you go through life that really strange things happen....