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Desc:From CBC kids music series VID KIDS. No connection to the Apple 'Computer Man' ad already on POETV.
Category:Classic TV Clips, Educational
Tags:eighties, 1980s, CBC, Computer Man, Vid Kids
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Old_Zircon - 2014-05-14
Jet Bin Fever - 2014-05-14
Computers were a lot more dancey back in those days.
sasazuka - 2014-05-15
I thought it would be funnier to submit just the intro without context, but if anyone wants to see the intro in the full context of the show, it's in here:


It's the second half of a typical Vid Kids episode. There's a VID KIDS title card with "Computer Man", then a roomful of kids dancing to a Mini-Pops-esque cover version of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and then at 1:10, you see kids start pointing up towards the ceiling, which is a galaxy of stars and you see amazing graphics of a comet descending and crashing on the grid planet and then the Intro seen here followed by kids asking questions, and, for each quwstion answered, the kids all do robot arms and say "Amazing".

I'm not sure whether the kids' questions were scripted or not, the bemused reaction to the first girl pretending to be a forgetful robot seems genuine.
sasazuka - 2014-05-15
Also, one thing that's a bit strange, when the "Computer Man" asks the kids, "What's the strangest thing you have ever eaten?", the four kids they show are all east Asian, as though they're implying east Asians will eat anything although I suppose it could just be that the most "interesting" responses they got were from those four kids.

Flying Omelette - 2014-05-15
Though it was Conan O'Brien at first...
sasazuka - 2014-05-15
On the subject of celebrities who look kind of like "Computer Man", when Vanilla Ice became popular, briefly, while I was in high school, I totally thought of him as being "rapper Computer Man".

poorwill - 2014-05-15
BHWW - 2014-05-15
boner - 2014-05-15
holy crap you can buy this song on iTunes.
jreid - 2014-05-15
When I guest on the local talk radio they use this for my intro music (at my request). This is a piece of history.
sasazuka - 2014-05-15
Oh, good, glad I'm not the only person here who remembers VID KIDS first hand, or at least the "Computer Man" segment.

Do you give computer tips on radio? "Amazing"!

boner - 2014-05-16
you're kim kommando aren't you

sasazuka - 2014-05-15
Ooh, I did not know this until I looked it up just now.

Computer Man is played by dancer and conceptual artist Peter Jarvis who now performs as "Silver Elvis":


Videos of his "Silver Elvis" character:


Ooh, "Silver Elvis" did an interview with movie & TV car designer George Barris, creator of the '66 Batmobile (relevant to multiple of my interests).

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