Art The Bunny #socs

Mary used to play the recorder, and bought a book once called The Art Of The Recorder (which we no longer have). There was a picture on the cover of a recorder with a delicate butterfly alighted on it. I decided that the butterfly’s name was Art.

Kind of like Pat The Bunny. You know, that little kid’s book? I thought the bunny’s name was Pat, and he talked like Edward G. Robinson. “Yeah… I’m Pat the Bunny, see? And don’t touch me or I’ll kick your ass, see?”

Remember the Warner Brothers cartoons where they’d draw in actual actors, like Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Humphrey Bogart, and yes, Edward G. Robinson? Usually they’d have Bugs Bunny matching wits with them, and naturally the actors came up on the short end of things.

Remember the Eighties band The Art Of Noise, or just Art of Noise? They did this with Duane Eddy.

They also did “Kiss” with Tom Jones and this one with the incomparable Max Headroom, “Paranoimia.”

A guy in a Max Headroom mask managed to hijack the signals from WGN and WTTW on a Sunday night in 1987. They still don’t know who did it or how he did it. You can hear all about it here.

Ben Minnotte, who runs The Oddity Archive, got the video from Rick Klein at The Museum of Classic Chicago Television, two of my favorite websites. One of Rick’s fans sent the video in, and no, it wasn’t me.

Jan Akkerman, who once upon a time was the guitarist for Focus (who had one hit, “Hocus Pocus”), recorded an album called The Noise of Art. Here’s a track from the album, “Bonneville.”

There was a disc jockey on WLS in the Sixties named Art Roberts, who did the nine-to-midnight shift, and he would always end his show with the line, “This has been a work of Art.”

So has this…



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8 thoughts on “Art The Bunny #socs

  1. Bizarre…I had no idea about the 1987 signal hijack. I guess it didn’t make the news in New Mexico πŸ™‚ I love that you thought the bunny’s name was Pat ! Reminds me of a co-worker of mine who truly didn’t know Mick Jagger’s first name…thought he was Mr. McJagger!


    1. Probably just as well you didn’t hear about it. It would have encouraged other people to try. Fortunately it was in the days before everyone had cable and CNN, and before the news became a constant hum in everyone’s ears. Ah, the good old days.

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  2. John, the first video is a lot of fun. It really has that classic Bugs Bunny flavor to it, doesn’t it? I totally forgot about Max Headroom and never really got that character or knew about the dude who hijacked broadcast TV interrupting programming. That’s really interesting. I enjoyed your post today. Thanks for sharing!


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