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Golden Throats on “Golden Times”: Another Bizarre Norwegian Allstar Video Surfaces

Lyndsey Parker
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Last week, the Interweb imploded with nostalgic excitement over a viral promo for the Norwegian chat show "Gylne Tider," starring a motley crew of faded but beloved '80s and '90s celebrities (everyone from sitcom castoffs Jason Alexander, George Wendt, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Alfonso Ribeiro, to Olympic athletes Katarina Witt, Tonya Harding, and Dan Jansen, to musicians like Huey Lewis, Milli Vanilli survivor Fab, Dee Snider, Boyzone, and Right Said Fred). The various has-been's and never-were's and would-be's were, bizarrely, featured lip-synching to the 1987 "Ferry Aid" charity version of the Beatles' "Let It Be." And while The Hollywood Reporter later scandalously revealed that at least one of the B-list participants, David "Bud Bundy" Faustino, was tricked into thinking the singalong was for charity (and no, a little Scandinavian chat show does not count as a "charity," although some of these fallen celebs might), the video still did a lot to make the Web a nicer virtual place. Simply put, it brightened many viewers' days. It made people smile. It even helped people remember Maria McKee and Rednex.

Well, it turns out that this is not the first time that "Gylne Tider," which translates as "Golden Times" in English, has shot a video of somewhat forgotten stars miming along to a somewhat forgotten benefit single. Back in 2008, the show gathered such luminaries as Linda Evans, Lorenzo Lamas, Richard Chamberlain, Cliff Richard, Larry Hagman, Louis Gossett Jr., Samantha Fox, Bo Derek, Kim Wilde, Irene Cara, Nik Kershaw, Bonnie Tyler, Mark Hamill, Tiffany, Andrew McCarthy, Peter Cetera, two girls apiece from Bananarama and the Bangles, that mimic from "Police Academy," Rudy from "The Cosby Show," Radar from "M*A*S*H," Bruno from "Fame," and, most thrillingly, Limahl from Kajagoogoo...and had them all lip along to "We Are The World."

Why? Who knows? Was it for charity? Maybe not, but who cares? All we know is, the result was better than that actual terrible "We Are The World" remake from earlier this year.


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