April Music: Bath Houses and Bad Innuendo

In honor of April Fool's Day here's a song called "April Fool" (1973) by the all female funk band, ISIS. 

I can't decide if I hate the song or if I like it. ISIS tried to be the female version of Blood, Sweat & Tears, but it didn't quite pan out. Their music was surprisingly lesbian - what I mean is the Village People were singing about gayness in "YMCA", "Macho Man", "In the Navy", but most of us naive idiots didn't have a clue; however, ISIS made it very plain what they were singing about. Maybe they figured not too many people were listening anyway, so no one will notice.

The ISIS promotion in the image above was for a concert at the legendary Continental Baths.  Located in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel in NYC, this decadent predominantly gay club included a disco, an Olympic sized swimming pool, a cabaret, an STD clinic (!), a Turkish bath, and a buffet. Bette Midler got her start by performing there with Barry Manilow.

Of course my favorite ISIS is not the band, but the TV show - a program I still love to hate. Read my highly astute and intellectual commentary on it here: The Secret of Isis' Awfulness.

And finally, one more explicitly sexual April musical reference...


This song by April Wine may well surpass "My Humps" as the worst song in the history of popular music - a period of time beginning with medieval travelling bards to the present. Why so awful? Check the title - an astonishingly awful piece of sexual innuendo - "If You See Kaye"... get it? Ha, ha, ha, ha!*

As for the video, it features a chick climbing up and jumping off a diving board while the band "rocks out". What was it with the "chicks on diving boards" fascination in the 80s? Fast Times at Ridgmont High (ahhhh... Phoebe Cates, how I loved thee), Christmas Vacation, and now this?

* - A highly sarcastic and mocking laugh; if you could hear my condescending laughter, you'd want to punch me in the mouth.


  1. That song by Isis is too funny and naming a song "my humps" is even more weird...

  2. Y'know, I agree. There just isn't an effective enough way to convey sarcasm, or sarcastic laugher.

    And it is so important!

    But worst song ever? Oh, sure, the singer looks like he is ready to take a nap, but have you forgotten Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time?

    Or this golden gem from another beloved celeb:

    Good stuff! Cheers!

  3. I love Nimoy's "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" (with Terri Garr dancing in the background)... it's got camp appeal like Shat's "Mr. Tambourine Man".

    As for Murphy's song, it was written by Rick James so it's got an inner funkiness. It's barely perceptible to the untrained ear, but trust me it's there.

  4. When you mentioned chicks and diving boards in 80' music videos it also made me think about Bryan Adams "Cuts like a knife"

  5. I had never even heard of them before. I learn something new every single day on blogs.

  6. Oh God, I'm glad I'm not the only unfortunate person who remembers that April Wine song. I can't believe it got played on early MTV as much as it did.