Electra Woman 1.3 and 4 – Glitter Rock

The Krofft Supershow was hosted by a kid-friendly rock band called Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, who performed music and comedy to open the show and in between its three segments. I think that most people remember them as a four-piece who wore similar denim costumes, because that’s how they appeared in season two, and on the bulk of the program’s merchandising. But in season one, as you might have seen had you clicked that link in the previous installment, they were a five-piece with somewhat more ridiculous costumes, all flashy, colorful satin and rhinestones. If you remember how Elton John, David Bowie, Roxy Music, and T. Rex all dressed in 1972, that’s about how Kaptain Kool and the Kongs dressed in 1976.

Glitter Rock, played by John Mark Robinson, looks like the sixth member of the Kongs. I suspected, correctly, that Daniel would love this episode, because the baddie uses an electric guitar to hypnotize his victims. Nobody else does; it’s remarkably dopey even by Electra Woman standards. Robinson’s only major role came the following season as one of the ensemble cast in the quickly-canceled ABC comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums.

For what it’s worth, a chunk of the episode was taped at the defunct Magnolia Theatre in Burbank. Across the street, eagle-eyed restaurant geeks will be pleased to spot a Baskin-Robbins and a Pizza Hall of Fame, and that’s all there is to say about that.

3 thoughts on “Electra Woman 1.3 and 4 – Glitter Rock

  1. The most bizarre episode of EW & DG and that’s saying a lot. lol How can you ever forget Glitter Rock? 🙂 The Glam Rock scene was dead by 1976 and that makes this episode and Kaptain Kool’s first season even stranger.

    1. You’re absolutely right! Hollywood was never really good about striking when the iron was hot, and very bad about depicting musical trends. Remember the punk rock episode of Quincy M.E.?

      1. You are right. By the time glam, disco and later rap hit the mainstream the genres were watered down and ending. I did see that Quincy ep. lol How about Sonny Bono on The Love Boat as a rip-off of KISS? lol The 70’s were the cheesiest and the best! EW & DG are my favorites. I’ll forever have a crush on Judy. 😉 Love when she sang “As Tears Go By” on Room 222!

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