Well, in the wake of TIME magazine's infamous declaration that "you" are the Person of the Year, I feel compelled to point out the real reason why YouTube is popular. No, it's not the amateur videos. Instead, it's the professionally-done stuff that has ended up on here that is popular. It's the clips from TV shows, or the leaked clips from pilots, or the breaking news videos and goof-ups from actual newscasts that are the reasons why this service is so popular.
It's also a great place to find long-lost cool stuff from long-lost TV shows. This, my friends, is why YouTube is great--- not this Saddam Hussein hanging business, although that was good, too. As I say, revolution my foot. TIME really misses the boat.
So without further ado, here I post some more cool links to cool YouTube videos I found.
LOVE THAT BOB
Here is a link to footage from the TV series Love That Bob, which ran in the 1950s and starred Bob Cummings. Believe it or not this series also featured Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch fame, and she actually won two Emmys for this crappy, forgotten series. So check it out.
Also check out the rare closing titles in black and white to The Farmer's Daughter, a 1960s sitcom that is pretty much forgotten now but which actually ran for a few years. This comes complete with an ad for Lark cigarettes! This series starred Inger Stevens. (Someone with time on their hands actually posted video from the movie A Guide for the Married Man, where Inger really sexed it up for her role: she was seen working out and wearing a bikini.)
ANOTHER UPDATE- The Farmer's Daughter clip is back up.
Here are the opening titles to another series, Jason King. This was a British series that aired around 1972. I actually remember seeing this show on TV at one point in time but had forgotten the name of it. Trying to remember what the title was drove me nuts! I literally stumbled upon the video for this ITC series that starred Peter Wyngarde. By the way, the stunningly beautiful woman Jason King shares a drink with in the video is none other than Hammer Films actress/hottie Ingrid Pitt.
I understand this series was an inspiration for the Austin Powers movies as well--- apparently Austin was sort of based on Jason King. Anyway check out a webpage devoted to the series.
HOT-LOOKING SIXTIES WOMEN
You wouldn't believe the videos on YouTube featuring these terrific actresses from the 1960s that I'd forgotten all about, particularly these videos of these actresses that have been dead for years (ie. Inger Stevens). I'd run across some video featuring some femme fatale from the movies and be surprised that I'd never heard of her before, because I'd think she's terrific.
For instance, here's Marisa Mell in the movie Danger: Diabolik. She played Eva Kant in the movie and spent most of it wearing go-go boots. In fact, this was her most famous role. This is a woman I never really heard of until recently. Now that I know who she is I think she's hot. I just thought this clip of Marisa Mell was so cool; she looks great in hotpants!
Apparently the movie features music from Ennio Morricone and this is the title track you hear in the background, "Deep Deep Down". Wow, this movie looks good. And so does Marisa (pictured wearing boots and hotpants, of course).
(Update.) For those of you new Marisa fans who want more information about this gorgeous lady and her career, here's some links to Cult Sirens, Brian's Drive-in Theater, and her imdb page.
Other stuff; here is Joi Lansing singing Web of Love. I saw this cheesy video one time on MuchMusic and remembered it for all time. This was a Scopitone video that was played in these video jukeboxes.
I gotta say, YouTube is great, but it's got nothing to do with these amateur videos. Who cares about that, it's this old long-lost stuff that's great.