MONDO EXTRAS

Mormon-mania

by Kim February 13, 2001
Inside the Osmonds

That night, in the motel, the family prays for their family and for a hit song. They're packed into the room like sardines, and yet Pa gets his own huge bed. The next day, Pa listens to a song on some headphones, and shakes his head, calling the lyrics "inappropriate." Rick says that there aren't any hymns in the Top Forty. Rick pulls out a song written for the Jackson Five, but Pa objects to something. In the studio, the boys are nervous about Pa listening to songs. Pa objects to the line "sock it to you." Rick convinces him that it means "break your heart again." Pa is convinced. The boys listen to "One Bad Apple," which we all know will become their first big hit. Merrill sings the verses, and his brothers pipe in on melodies, but Donny is the big star with the high-pitched chorus. As the song continues, we see the Osmonds returning home and being welcomed by their mother. In the living room, they listen to their song be declared number one in the country. I guess Andy Williams had better find a new group of suckers…I mean, young talent.

On-screen text tells us that they are at the Cleveland Arena in 1971. It's packed, and people are holding up signs. The boys are dressed in matching Elvis jumpsuits with flowing scarves, and before going on stage, they offer up a prayer. Again with the choreography. The crowd is so loud that they can't hear themselves. Their opening song appears to be called "Just Like a Yo-Yo." Merrill works the lead vocals. Donny takes the pre-chorus. I think we're supposed to be seeing a transfer of lead vocal power here, since obviously Donny Osmond is a much better known name than Merrill Osmond.

The next day, Pa reads a review in the paper to the family. It contains phrases like "offensively ebullient," "Mormon boys," and "crass and contrived." Little Jimmy has to ask Ma what all the big words mean. Ma points out that it's a critic's job to be critical. Pa tells them that people will continue to judge them for their beliefs. Ma tells them to listen to the fans and not the critics. Pa ceremoniously tosses the review in the trashcan.

The boys are on stage again. Leisure Suit Record Mogul tells Ma and Pa that sales of the album are phenomenal and they need to record another album as soon as the tour's over. Ma insists that they have a good rest first. On stage, Alan says they'll let Donny sing one. The crowd goes nuts. Don't think Leisure Suit Record Mogul doesn't notice, as he yells out, "Money in the bank." Ma looks apprehensive at all the girls mauling her baby boy.

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Mormon-mania

by Kim February 13, 2001
Inside the Osmonds That night, in the motel, the family prays for their family and for a hit song. They're packed into the room like sardines, and yet Pa gets his own huge bed. The next day, Pa listens to a song on some headphones, and shakes his head, calling the lyrics "inappropriate." Rick says that there aren't any hymns in the Top Forty. Rick pulls out a song written for the Jackson Five, but Pa objects to something. In the studio, the boys are nervous about Pa listening to songs. Pa objects to the line "sock it to you." Rick convinces him that it means "break your heart again." Pa is convinced. The boys listen to "One Bad Apple," which we all know will become their first big hit. Merrill sings the verses, and his brothers pipe in on melodies, but Donny is the big star with the high-pitched chorus. As the song continues, we see the Osmonds returning home and being welcomed by their mother. In the living room, they listen to their song be declared number one in the country. I guess Andy Williams had better find a new group of suckers…I mean, young talent. On-screen text tells us that they are at the Cleveland Arena in 1971. It's packed, and people are holding up signs. The boys are dressed in matching Elvis jumpsuits with flowing scarves, and before going on stage, they offer up a prayer. Again with the choreography. The crowd is so loud that they can't hear themselves. Their opening song appears to be called "Just Like a Yo-Yo." Merrill works the lead vocals. Donny takes the pre-chorus. I think we're supposed to be seeing a transfer of lead vocal power here, since obviously Donny Osmond is a much better known name than Merrill Osmond. The next day, Pa reads a review in the paper to the family. It contains phrases like "offensively ebullient," "Mormon boys," and "crass and contrived." Little Jimmy has to ask Ma what all the big words mean. Ma points out that it's a critic's job to be critical. Pa tells them that people will continue to judge them for their beliefs. Ma tells them to listen to the fans and not the critics. Pa ceremoniously tosses the review in the trashcan. The boys are on stage again. Leisure Suit Record Mogul tells Ma and Pa that sales of the album are phenomenal and they need to record another album as soon as the tour's over. Ma insists that they have a good rest first. On stage, Alan says they'll let Donny sing one. The crowd goes nuts. Don't think Leisure Suit Record Mogul doesn't notice, as he yells out, "Money in the bank." Ma looks apprehensive at all the girls mauling her baby boy.

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