solid potato salad
“Solid Potato Salad” — a perennial YouTube favorite — is a 1944 dance and contortion routine featuring the splendtastic harmony singing of the Ross sisters, who went by the stage names Aggie Ross, Elmira Ross, and Maggie Ross even though they were — apparently — actually named Veda Victoria, Dixie Jewel and Betsy Ann Ross. In a recent entry at Click Opera, Nick Currie complains about what he calls the “aggressive normality” of contemporary commercial culture, a sentiment that I completely agree with. I don’t know when the last time was that I even thought about switching on any of the music video channels, all of which seem to be regurgitating image sequences that first made their appearances almost 20 years or so ago, during the ‘heroic period’ of the commercial consolidation of music videos. I like the “Solid Potato Salad” clip a lot because — aside from the fact that the wholesomeness of its vertiginous surreality almost verges on the pornographic — historical distance has moved it so far outside of the commercial norms in which it originated that it’s almost been transformed into a kind of avant-gardist slapstick.
And just when you thought there was nothing left to be done with this clip, since it seems to have already said everything it needs to say about itself, someone comes along and cuts it up to the tune of Powermad’s “Slaughterhouse.”
Filed under: culture, funs, music, television, video | 2 Comments
Tags: aggressive normality, avant-gardist slapstick, choreography, contortionism, contortionists, dance routine, harmony singing, remix, Ross Sisters, Solid Potato Salad, video