Long, LONG before there was American Idol there was a nationally syndicated program called The Gong Show.
Contestants would perform their variety act in front of a panel of celebrity judges and if they were not “gonged” in the first 20 seconds the judges would rate the performance on a scale of 1-10 and the winning act would receive a cash prize.
I vividly remember my my friends in Three Day Stubble getting “gonged” off the show almost immediately.
I watched the program pretty regularly “back in the day” but I don’t recall seeing this.
Watching this video it’s hard to imagine that the guy wearing the rocket would one day go on to score the music for movies like Batman The Motion Picture and the theme from the Simpsons.
I wonder what ever happened to the acts who’s only claim to fame may be that they lost to the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo on The Gong Show?
That makes two Gong Show conrestants I have met in person
And one time getting “gonged” myself from a recreation of the Gong Show.
There’s a hidden message here somewhere.