Friday, August 04, 2006


Oh, this is big news.

Some of you may recall the post about Sondra Prill on Otis Fodder's 365Project. The audio to three of her songs were posted, but some saint has posted the entire oevre of Florida's public-access TV queen, 24 short video clips in all, on YouTube, documenting not only her singing (wildly uninhibited, and not bound by conventional standards of pitch), her Bride-of-Frankenstein hair and performing style, but also her, ahem, comedy talents. She plays several characters, although the biggest character would be Ms. Prill herself, who sadly hasn't been heard from much in the last 15 years.

Every clip is a jewel: decimating everything from "The Star-Spangled Banner" to Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love," singing a duet with a guy injesting helium (!?), wearing fake plastic breasts, awkwardly flirting with an interviewer, serenading a visibly-uncomfortable caterer who happened to be on the set...the hits just keep coming.

I recorded the audio from a couple of these magical musical moments. I don't know why.

"Nasty Boys" video - Sondra does Janet Jackson with her trademark arsenal of facial expressions; you'll laugh, you'll cringe.
"Nasty Boys" mp3

"Pump Up The Jam" mp3 - proving that it is possible to rap off-key.
"Pump Up The Jam" video - Technotronic's hit set on the beach, with Sondra clad in...what the hell is that? A chain-mail bathing suit?


Anonymous said...

I love Sondra Prill.

Whoever taped her shows and digitized them for YouTube is sick. But I thank them.

I just wish Sondra Prill would perform together with Rhonda.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the link to the YouTube vids. My favorite parts are the bizarre "sketches" and interview segments - for one, because she's not trying to sing. Although, to some, Sondra Prill might come across as a monumentally self-absorbed, cocaine-addled schizophrenic, I'm confident that she was really a brilliant conceptual artiste pushing buttons of reaction a la Andy Kaufman. Look beyond the crispy perm and vacant stare, and you will discover a social critic of the highest order.

I think.

Anonymous said...


She basically invented YouTube avant la lettre. Her whole schtick is now middle-of-the-road contemporary art.

Holestar said...

I am obsessed with tracking down these Sondra Prill videos.
You tube only have the Nasty and Pump up the Jam ones. Not fair. I heart her.