Respectful Insolence

The Hoff one more time…

Yesterday I was in a strange mood; so I posted a couple of David Hasselhoff videos, asking the question: Why is this guy such a big pop star in Germany? Fellow ScienceBlogger Mike the Mad Biologist then informed me that the videos that I posted (the Hoff doing Rhinestone Cowboy and Secret Agent Man) aren’t necessarily the “best” the Hoff has to offer. And I have to admit that he’s right. See if you agree:

What’s with the Hoff and flying in videos? He was flying in the Secret Agent Man video, and he’s flying here.

But, with all due respect to Mike, I’m not sure if even the above video is worse than the one I posted before three months ago.

Given the Tigers loss last night, though, I’m not sure today is the day to be subjecting myself to so much Hoff. If they lose again tonight, I’ll be truly bummed…

Comments

  1. #1 afarensis
    October 22, 2006

    I still think it’s going seven…

  2. #2 Orac
    October 22, 2006

    You may be right. Remember, though, I did say that it would go six; so one game off, as far as I’m concerned, wouldn’t be too bad.

    Of course, my prediction as to the ultimate outcome remains unchanged.

  3. #3 BigHeathenMike
    October 22, 2006

    Holy crap. That’s three and a half minutes of my life that you officially owe me back. Hoff is worse than Phillip Michael Thomas and Carl Lewis combined. I think I’d rather watch an army ant eat the eyes out of a dead frog for an hour than sit through that again.

    I have to go and be violent somewhere for a few minutes to purge “the feeling.”

  4. #4 Loren michael
    October 22, 2006

    god, the Hoff is amazing. you all must see “Jump In My Car”. after a single night of observing these amazing videos with the aid of booze, a group of friends and myself began a weekend Knightrider party. a round of shots whenever KITT gets snippy, jumps over or plows through an obstacle.

    Hasslehoff is big in germany because he performed a concert on the berlin wall as it was being torn down, if i recall. he’s worth a few hundred million, so he can pretty do whatever he pleases.

  5. #5 tim gueguen
    October 23, 2006

    You guys must get drunk pretty quickly if those are the qualifications for taking a shot.

  6. #6 Camille
    October 23, 2006

    I thought that Europeans didn’t like the way Americans smile all the time. Hasslehoff’s constant grinning is creeping me out. Maybe he’s just trying to be campy. But yech. I had to skip over some of it, it’s was too stupid, and I like some simple pop music. I really like some Russian techno pop, but I can’t see the Russians liking this flying and grinning business.

  7. #7 Skeptyk
    October 23, 2006

    “I think I’d rather watch an army ant eat the eyes out of a dead frog”

    Um, try Carl Zimmer’s scienceblog, The Loom.

  8. #8 sparc
    October 26, 2006

    The issue is discussed in the series “Germany Survival Bible” that were launched on the english pages of the german magazine “Der Spiegel” to prepare visitors of the world championship
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,407072,00.html