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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beneath and Way Beyond the Valley of The Super Ultra-Vixen Pussycat Dolls!

This post is dedicated to my

purrfect... mewsic loving

furry feral feline friends

cat at ^.^


Cathy at

I'm Morris. I have 9 lives. In fact I have 9 Lives
three times a day. I guess that's why some
people say I'm too big for my britches.
I am here today along with a few of
my kitty kompadres to introduce...

...The Pussycat Dolls, an all girl song and dance
group from Los Angeles. The Pussycat Dolls
are the cat's pajamas, primary lead singer
Nicole Scherzinger is the cat's meow,
and their songs and videos are
guaranteed to give you
cat scratch fever.

As the world's most finicky cat, I hate censorship.
Give it to me straight or not at all. That's why
I have decided to start things off with the
 uncensored, explicit language version
of "Don't Cha," the lead single from
The Pussycat Dolls' 2005 debut album
PCD. Featuring guest rapper Busta
Rhymes, "Don't Cha" was an
international hit, topping the
charts in more than a dozen
countries and making VH1's
list of The 100 Greatest
Songs of the 2000s.

"Don't Cha" - The Pussycat Dolls
feat. Busta Rhymes - April 2005,
highest chart pos. #2 Hot 100,
#1 U.S. Pop 100 & Dance Club Songs,
#1 UK & a dozen other countries,
from Sept. 2005 album PCD)

I'm Felix the Cat...
...the wonderful wonderful cat.
Remember me?

I'm a cartoon character from the silent film era.
Whenever I get in a fix I reach into my bag of tricks.
EEEK! It's a dog!... Snoop Dogg, that is, and he's
featured rapper on our next song. "Buttons,"
the 4th single from The Pussycat Dolls'
PCD, has a distinctive Middle Eastern
feel. Released in the spring of 2006,
"Buttons" zipped to #1 on the U.S.
Dance Club and Mainstream
Top 40 charts and topped the
surveys in 4 other countries.

"Buttons" - The Pussycat Dolls
feat. Snoop Dogg (April 2006,
highest chart pos. #1 U.S.
Mainstream Top 40 & Dance Club,
#1 Australia Urban, #1 New Zealand,
Austria & Hungary, from
Sept. 2005 album PCD)

If you must know... I'm Garfield.

The skinny on me is that I'm a fat cat
born in a comic strip in the late 70s.
I love to eat, hate to diet, do a whole lot
of nothing and hope to stamp out Mondays
in my nine lifetimes. Our next song by
The Pussycat Dolls is another track from
PCD, a mash-up of two lion size hits of
the past - "Tainted Love," the 80s classic
by the English synthpop duo Soft Cell,
and "Where Did Our Love Go," the
first #1 charting hit for the Motown
super-group the Supremes in 1964.

"Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" 
The Pussycat Dolls (from
Sept. 2005 album PCD)

I'm Krazy Kat.

Me and my shadow, a cantankerous mouse named
Ignatz, were popular comic strip characters in the
first half of the 20th century. "Wait a Minute" is
another single from PCD, and features guest
vocals by singer/songwriter/rapper Timbaland
who produced and co-wrote the song with R&B
and hip hop artist Keri Hilson. In the fall of
2006 "Wait a Minute" made the top 30 on
the U.S. Hot 100, went top 10 in the
Netherlands and top 3 in Finland.

"Wait a Minute" - The Pussycat Dolls
feat. Timbaland (Oct. 2006,
highest chart pos. #28 Hot 100,
#7 Netherlands/#3 Finland,
from Sept. 2005 album PCD

I'm The Pink Panther...

As I'm sure you recall, I am the animated cartoon
character who first found fame in the opening credits
of the 1963 Peter Sellers film of the same name.
(Peter also starred in What's New Pussycat.)
I'm a cool cool kitty bringing the show to a
close with a red hot ditty. "Hot Stuff
(I Want You Back)," another killer
kover by the Pussycat Dolls, pays
tribute to the #1 charting 1979
disco hit by Donna Summer.

"Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)"
The Pussycat Dolls (from
Sept. 2005 album PCD)

Hold your horses, Pink Panther.
We're not done yet!

Hi, I'm Tony the Tiger. For the last 65 years
I've been the advertising cartoon mascot for
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. After listening
to the Pussycat Dolls, what can I say?

And I'm the famous tiger mascot who started
promoting Esso Extra gasoline in 1959.

To conclude today's kitty koncert let's turn
back the clock and hear from the coolest cat
in the UK - Mr. Tom Jones. In the summer
of 1965 the Welsh warbler scored a top 3
U.S. hit with "What's New Pussycat,"
a song composed by Burt Bacharach
and Hal David and used as the theme
of the aforementioned comedy film
of the same name written by Woody
Allen and starring Peter Sellers.
Tom'll put a tiger in your tank!

"What's New Pussycat" - Tom Jones
(July 1965, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#11 UK, from 1965
movie What's New Pussycat,
live September 25, 1970, on
TV series This Is Tom Jones)

Well, what are you waiting for?

Cat got your tongue?

Fur ball stuck in your throat?

Just swallowed a canary?

Feel like throwing a hissy?

We'd appreciate your mewsings

about The Pussycat Dolls

and Tom Jones!

I'm the Cheshire Cat, the feline fil-osofer from
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

I'm all smiles because I just found out that
there's a volume two of this series. The bad
mews is that you won't be able to see it
until after a long paws for the holidays.

You'll just have to grin and bear it.

Put 'em up, put 'em up!

I'll fight ya with one paw

tied behind my back.


  1. Ah, yes, the Pussycat Dolls! They were extremely popular when I was in high school and all the popular girls loved them. The popular boys did too, for other reasons. Thanks for the good chuckle this morning, Shady.

    I've always loved "What's New Pussycat" and might have to download it this weekend.

    Love this series with cats and can't wait to see the next one after the holidays! Have a great Thursday!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      How are you, dear friend? You have made my Thankful Thursday by being the early bird for this post.

      Yessum, if you've always wanted to see Cats, now you have. :) I hope you will show this post to your own kitty and let me know what she thinks of it. :)

      The Pussycat Dolls rose to fame in the early 2000s along with several other exciting U.S. and UK girl groups. I wasn't tuned in to this style of music during that period so all of these groups and artists are new to me, discovered in the last year or so.

      I well remember the splash Tom Jones made when he burst onto the scene in the mid 60s. "What's New Pussycat" is forever linked in my memory to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer 1965.

      I'm glad I gave you a giggle with my cat format, dear friend JM. Thanks again for dropping in and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Hahaha! That has to be the craziest title you ever came up with. I never heard of the Pussycat Dolls— but do they ever put on a great show! Like other girl groups you have introduced this year, the Pussycat Dolls know how to use their sex appeal— and they back it up with top notch singing and dancing skill. Don’t Cha is a winner— a very catchy song. I also love the Middle Eastern sound of Buttons— and the updated versions of Tainted Love and Hot Stuff— both covers are exceptionally well done.

    It was very clever to have famous cats introducing songs by the Pussycats. I am not familiar with the comic strip Krazy Kat— but I recognized the other cartoon and advertising characters. I completely forgot that Exxon used to be called Esso.

    This post was pure fun— and I look forward to the next in this series!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for joining the fun and commenting!

      In case you didn't realize what I did there, the title of this post is a combination of the titles of four Russ Meyer movies: Vixen, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Supervixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.

      I'm delighted to know that you like the Pussycat Dolls. "Don't Cha" was released with two versions, clean and dirty. I agree with finicky Morris. If you're gonna listen to sassy R&B and hip hop, why bother with the watered-down version? It weakens the impact and defeats the purpose. I also appreciated the Middle Eastern flavor of "Buttons," spiced with the 'tude of rowdy rapper Snoop Dogg. I also agree that the Dolls performed convincing covers of those hit records of the 60s and 80s.

      Krazy Kat is one of those names I dredged up from deep in my memory. I haven't thought about that comic strip since childhood. Gosh, it stopped running in 1944, five years before I was born! I remember my mother, in a humorous, non-abusive manner, sometimes calling me or other people "Ignatz" when we did something wrong. For the first time in 60 years I now know where that nickname came from.

      Yessum, when I was young, the gasoline brand was called Esso. The name was changed to Exxon in 1972.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, Kathryn, and enjoy your Thursday!

  3. Fun Post, Shady, with all your kitty cats! You brought back a lot of memories with the cartoon cats!
    As for the Pussycat dolls, Well, They'r Grrreat! Yes, of course I know them and their hits! One of my faves is "Stickwitu". On this post? "Don't cha"-love those dance moves, too! I also like Nicole S. solo career. I think she sounds a lot like J.Lo. I never heard "hot stuff" but it seems to be a trend now mixing older classics with a new twist. Pitbull just did it with REO speedwagon's hit, "Heard it from a friend". It's called, "Messin around". It's a good one!
    One more thing...
    Gotta LOVE Tom Jones!!!!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thanks for coming over this morning, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I'm delighted to know that you got a kick out of this assortment of famous kitty cats and that you dig the P-Dolls. Yessum, I have that PCD album and it contains "Stickwitu," another great song. Nicole Scherzinger does have a successful post-Pussycat career going, both as a soloist and collaborating with other artists. I checked the stats and it looks like she is charting more often and higher in the UK than in the U.S.

      I didn't know about that new single by Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias which samples REO Speedwagon's big 1981 hit "Take It on the Run." I just watched the "Messin' Around" vid on YouTube. It's another typically raunchy recording by Mr. Worldwide, a great sound, and light years removed from the innocent REO song.

      Thanks again, dear friend Toni, for making time for a visit this morning, and have a wonderful day!

  4. All I can say is I am woman hear me roar, "M-E-O-W!" I just loved all the purrrfect mewsings and mewsic about some famous kitties and the Pussycat Dolls. Oh yeah, forget Exxon putting a tiger in your tank with the TPD around they'll keep your motor purrrin' on down the highway. lol Thanks for the dedication this morning. I truly had a good time going down memory lane wit Morris, Garfield, Tony, & the PP while listening to The Pussycat Dolls. Oh yeah, can't forget about Tom Jones and 'What's New Pussycat?' That was a real hit back in the day. I can't wait to see your new post in this series! Have a catastic day, my friend! ^.^

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you for coming over, my purrfect feline friend! :)

      I'm thrilled to know you had a good time and recognized most of these famous felines from the comics and advertising along with those singing/dancing kittens, the Pussycat Dolls, and the hip swiveling Welsh heartthrob Tom Jones. I challenge anyone to remain "catatonic" while listening to these kitty ditties! :)

      Yessum, the ad slogan "put a tiger in your tank" was a big part of my youth and Esso stations were all over Central PA before the name changed to Exxon in 1972.

      Thank you again for your visit and cheery comment, dear friend Cathy. Have a great Thursday and a safe and happy weekend!

  5. How cute, Shady! All of my favorite cats, except, like Kathryn, I don't recall Krazy Kat! One would never believe we've had so many fun cartoon cats in our lives, put them all together for us. And, Tom Jones is one Kool Kat!

    I knew of the Pussycat Dolls, but just didn't know any of their stuff. After seeing and hearing, I don't think the name 'Pussycat Dolls' does the girls and their talent justice! I must say, they did a great job covering 'Tainted Love'. I liked 'Don't Cha' for the really good beat, and colorful video-it's the only time I've actually seen Busta Rhymes do anything, I get a kick out of his name! I'm afraid I wasn't as fond of their cover 'Hot Stuff', can't take that one away from Donna Summer. But, good try girls! Snoop Dog is a cute guy, and the 'Buttons' arrangement was good...but, I think I would have liked it better if I heard the song, without seeing the video.

    Okay, I'm going to get to my favorite of all! 'Wait A Minute" was my all around favorite video and song of PCD, all thumbs up! Loved the music, beat, the dancing on the cab, in the street, costumes and Timbaland (whoever he is, lol)! Which compels me to say, I think this was a pretty good girl group. They are all attractive, and talented.

    And, who better to wrap this up than a cool cat Tom Jones! I always loved that song "What's New Pussycat", even after I got tired of it. It's one that you can always sing along with. I have never seen Tom Jones in concert, but I have always liked and appreciated his work.

    Gosh, what a great post Shecky! Thank you for introducing the PCDs to those of us, who sometimes let the greats slip through the cracks! The presenters you hired, rock! The Cheshire cat, Tony the Tiger, but, Morris and Garfield have special places on my funny bone!

    Good Job! You are so organized and clever, my friend. Have a wonderful, productive day at your drawing board! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      How are you, my dear friend? Thank you very much for swinging by!

      I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed so many aspects of the post. (I'm willing to bet you didn't know the title was inspired by my love of Russ Meyer movies. :)

      Yessum, from 2003 to 2010 when they broke up, the PCDs gave us some memorable songs and videos. Their PCD album is wall-to-wall great. Guest rappers are a major trend in R&B and hip hop of the 2000s and 2010s because they add street cred to an artist's recordings. I was also reading about "hype men" - male performers whose interjected ad libs, calls and shouts are added to modern recordings to boost the excitement level. I'm sure you remember Bobby Byrd, who served as James Brown's hype man for many years.

      I'm delighted that you singled out "Wait a Minute" as your favorite song and video, because you are the first person to mention it. Virginia born producer, DJ and rapper Timbaland is one of the busiest, most prolific artists in modern music. He's been around since the early 90s and has worked on hundreds of great R&B and hip hop recordings.

      Wasn't it fun to see Tom Jones performing on his TV show? Did you hear the women in the studio audience scream when he gyrated his pelvis? :)

      I have to laugh that you are still calling me Shecky. As you might recall I first used that nickname in a post more than two years ago before you began your two year hiatus:

      I love to make you smile and laugh, dear friend Suzanne. Thanks again for joining the fun and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

  6. Pussycat Dolls... and Tom Jones. Don't get them mixed up folks.
    Now I have the Pink Panther theme stuck in my head.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for the reminder. I keep getting Tom Jones confused with the Pussycat Dolls. :) Come to think of it, I have never seen them in the same room at the same time. :)

      That's right! I could have included "The Pink Panther Theme," but the post was already getting too long. Maybe I can run it in a future volume of the series.

      Thanks again for dropping by, good buddy Alex!

  7. A purrfectly fine line-up of felines, dear Shady! I've got to hit the road or I'd stay a little longer. I'll be thinking of the cowardly lion and the tin man too, as the desert fades behind me.
    Until again, take care my friend!

    1. Hi, Diedre!

      It seems that you and I are both on the road a lot lately. I haven't checked the weather map. I hope you aren't fleeing your desert home in order to escape another tropical storm. I hope it is because you are heading to your mountain retreat for a weekend of blissful r & r.

      Thank you very much for making time for a visit before your departure, dear friend Diedre!

    2. Hi again!
      Right you are, dear Shady. Our retreat is quite near the car show I spoke of in my last post. In terms of tropical storms, Paine really was a pain for not providing a drop at my house (sigh). It has however cooled the temps dramatically - especially in the mountains, brr:-)
      As for the PussyCats, I liked everything about the "Wait a minute" video and I don't know why Tom Jones makes me think of Englebert Humperdink! Same era, maybe?
      Have a fantastic week!

    3. Hi again, Diedre!

      Thank you very much for returning to the scene to the grime, dear friend! :) I didn't expect you to interrupt your weekend getaway. How nice of you to think of me again!

      I hope you will take pictures at that vintage car show and post them. I love old cars. I wish some of that cool air could make it over here to Florida where it is still very warm and humid. I look forward to Florida's winter season which runs from December 31 to January 1. :)

      I am thrilled to know that you found at least one song to your liking. Your ears match our Texas friend Suzanne's because she too named "Wait a Minute" as her Pick To Click.

      Yessum, Tom Jones and Arnold George Dorsey aka Engelbert Humperdinck both started their singing careers in 1965 and shared the same manager, Gordon Mills.

      Thank you again for being such a great friend, Diedre. Have fun and stay safe up there in the mountains!

  8. So, who do you have lined up for the next CATagory from the Pussycats. I failed to see Tom from Tom and Jerry, the Hello Kitty, Heathcliff, Top Cat or Meowth. To name a few more.
    Looking forward to the next instalment.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Welcome back to blogging and welcome back to SDMM, good buddy. You've been missed!

      Thanks for naming more possible kitty kandidates for future posts. :) I have two more volumes of this series in the pipeline. Next time I hope you will comment on the music. (Just pretend its another BOTB.)

      Thanks again and see you around, Jeffrey!

    2. I will, I promise. But in trying to get back into the swing of things, I've been rushing through posts.

    3. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for peeking in again, good buddy. There's no need to rush at SDMM because the vast majority of my posts run at least 6 days. All you need to do is drop by anytime during those six days when you have a 3 to 5 minute window. Here's the thing, good buddy, and I know you will understand. When people, especially writers and authors, come here and leave w/o even discussing or even mentioning the music, it is very disappointing. I would never do that on somebody else's blog.

      I sincerely welcome you back and hope we get get back in the groove real soon.

      Have a great weekend, Jeffrey!

    4. I'm just saying hello so that the number of comments is even, not odd.

      Odd makes me crazy!

  9. Always liked the PussyCatDolls, Mr Shady ... Nicole is as cut as a button ... smiles ... Love, cat.

    1. ... "cute" I meant to say ... I hate spelling mistakes ...

    2. Hi, dear cat!

      Thank you for coming down to the party held in your honor, dear friend! :)

      I am delighted to know you are familiar with the Pussycat Dolls and like them. Nicole has been doing alright for herself in the six years since the break-up of the group. I see that she was just crowned the winner of season 10 of Dancing with the Stars. (I'm still learning to wave bye-bye.)

      Cut or cute, I read you loud and clear, dear friend cat. Thanks again for joining the fun and have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Now that is a lot of cats singing, real, cartoon and just fun.
    I do remember the the name Pussycat Dolls but not that familiar with their music.
    You did have a lot of fun with that title of your post today.

    Have a musical filled weekend.
    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend!

      Now that I have familiarized you with the music of the Pussycat Dolls, I hope the verdict is a favorable one. I'm glad you had fun with these cat characters from 20th century comics and ad campaigns.

      I wish you and thehamish and your new kitty cats a safe and happy weekend, dear friend!

  11. I love me some Pink Panther!! The cartoon was hilarious. I like what the Pussycat Dolls did with the covers of Tainted Love and Hot Stuff.

    You sure featured all the great cats of all time! And that was a nice surprise at the end with Tom Jones! I wasn't expecting that!! Fun touch!

    Happy Friday Shady. Hope you'll have a great weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for making time for a visit today, dear friend!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the cavalcade of cats along with the musical numbers by The Pussycat Dolls, one of the most exciting girl groups of the 2000s. I agree that they did a fine job with their covers of "Tainted Love," "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Hot Stuff." I especially like their spin on the latter.

      Yessum, Tom Jones was all the rage in the 60s and 70s and I'm sure he's still packing them in at shows.

      Thank you again for joining me, dear friend Michele. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your folks. Have a nice weekend!

  12. Well, I promised you I would try listening to your videos but I can tell I am never going to be a convert to rap music. Though I did enjoy the Tainted Love version.

    The Tom Jones one gave me flashbacks to my misspent youth. A lot of my friends were crazy about him but I was always more in love with David Bowie and Neil Young than the "lounge lizards." Sigh. I think I'll stick to classical.

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Welcome welcome welcome, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I didn't think this style of music would be your cuppa tea, but I do appreciate you listening to it and giving your reaction. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the PCD version of the 80s classic "Tainted Love."

      It's a sign of the times. In the new millennium the trend is for pop and hip hop artists to enhance their street cred by collaborating with rappers who have a reputation for using suggestive slang and downright dirty lyrics. Seems the worst thing an artist can do these days is come across as too innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world. In 2016 we find ourselves light years removed from the wholesome "moon, spoon, June" pop of the WWII era and the prim and proper doo-wop sensibilities of the Eisenhower years.

      Tom Jones shocked plenty of people back in the 60s and 70s with his hip swiveling hunkiness. I am pleasantly surprised to know that you enjoyed Bowie and Neil Young. Neil is one of Mrs. Shady's favorite artists.

      I can't promise classical any time soon but with this excellent comment you proved that you belong here and I am grateful to you. Thanks again for stopping in and have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Kathleen!

    2. Oh, I was quite the rock and roller back in the day. The first concert I ever went to was Jefferson Airplane and I've seen the Stones, and Janis, and Traffic, and dozens more. When I lived in Texas i got hooked o blues and jazz and made regular trips to Preservation Hall in NOLA. I was there one night when Dr. John was playing and Joe Walsh walked in and decided to jam along.

  13. Hi again, Kathleen!

    I am shocked, dear friend! You turned out to be a rocker in disguise. You saw more great rock concerts than Shady! I wish I could have seen those iconic artists up close and personal the way that you did. I love Joe Walsh. His impromptu jam session with Dr. John was surely a night to remember.

    Did you see the recent article naming the Starship hit "We Built This City" as one of the worst recordings ever made? Do you agree with that assessment?

    Thank you again, dear Kathleen, for sticking with me and helping me discover all the things we have in common. Take care and have a super weekend!

    1. No, I did not see that. I actually don't remember the song off hand.

      When I first moved to Houston in 1980 rock and roll was not as popular as country so it was easy to get tickets. I remember seeing U2, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, etc. in clubs rather than big venues. My favorite is Santana--I've been to 3 of their concerts and loved every one. Seems like a million years ago.

    2. Hi again, Kathleen!

      Here is the official video of "We Built This City":

      Here is the article about the song making the list of worst songs ever:

      Wow, you saw many if not most of the major rock acts of the period. Are you telling me that rock no longer interests you, only classical? If so, there's nothing wrong with that, but I am curious to find out how and why you lost interest in rock music in recent years.

      You delight me with your visits, Kathleen. What a great friend you are! I hope you will keep coming back because you are always welcome here at SDMM. :)

  14. I like Felix and Pink Panther and Tom Jones. The ladies are fine in the looks department and they do have talent, but I'm not a fan of the music.

    Oh, and I might ruffle some fur in saying that I don't like cats much, but my mother hated cats and passed a dislike to me. Once I let my kids have a cat and before I knew it we had a litter of kittens and my apartment was infested with fleas. We didn't have cats for long after that. Instead we got a snake.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for dropping in, good buddy!

      I'm happy to know you remember or at least like Felix the Cat. I didn't know how many people would remember Felix. We're getting older and it's hard to find people these days who remember the Beatles, know what I mean Vern? (It's also hard to find people who remember Jim Varney's character Ernest P. Worrell.) Just curious: Do you remember Krazy Kat? Mrs. Shady doesn't and I really don't know how I remembered him either. That comic strip stopped running 5 years before I was born.

      I'm sorry our ears don't match on the Pussycat Dolls. I got their PCD album on repeat in my CD player and I'm loving their tunes.

      I hated cats all my life, Lee, until I started caring for a stray Maine Coon that took up residence on my property. Before long I bonded with the critter. I have come to like cats but agree that they can make a mess of your living space. It's hard to believe you went from cats to owning a snake. I like and respect snakes but prefer to keep my distance from them. Tarantulas? Now you're talking! :)

      Hey, thanks again for the kind visit and comments, good buddy Lee. Take care of yourself and have a great weekend!

  15. Ahh yes, the pussycat dolls were huge and I wonder where they went to. That one video reminds me of Bob Fossey and Sweet Charity. I love who all introduced them...excellent felines even if some are male. That Nicole is one box sex-O-Rama but she can dance! She was on Dancing With The Stars and was excellent. If there is a part 2, I hope to see Sylvester, Tom and Jerry and the pussy cat whom Pepe Le Peu adores.

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming down!

      Good eye! I just reviewed Bob Fosse's "The Rich Man's Frug" number from the 1969 film Sweet Charity and it does seem like the PCD "Buttons" video was inspired by it.

      Yessum, I saw that Nicole S. made quite an impression on DWTS and that she and her partner were the winners of the U.S. Season 10.

      Hey, thanks for suggesting more fab felines for future installments of the series. I will make note of them.

      Thank you again for your visit and great comment, dear friend BB, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  16. Schooner most definitely approves of this post!

    1. Hi, Sarah!

      Thank you for popping in with Schooner, my new friend!

      I had a hunch your kitty would enjoy my "scratching" post. :) I hope you liked it, too.

      Thanks again and have a great week!

  17. You've given us some crazy cats here today! Of course, Morris is my all time favorite with Bert Lahr coming in a close second.

    1. Hi, Cheryl/Lee!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend!

      I'm glad you remember the long running 9Lives cat food ad campaign starring finicky Morris. During the time I was working in television news, Morris came to our studio and he and his handler were interviewed on our noon newscast.

      How did you like the musical portion of the program - The Pussycat Dolls?

      Have a great week, Lee!

  18. All right, so...

    - I see what I get when I come in late. Whatta lotta scrollin'!

    - song #1- Well, you know what I'll say about Busta Rhymes, so let's move on and say, I have heard PART of that song on some commercial somewhere down the line. Nice beat, nice girls (so to speak), but someone obviously confused me with Peter parker on the cinematography...

    - second song: I always loved Soft Cell's version- and on some versions, they also stuck some of Where Did Our Love Go in. A "latter day" (for me) classic that it's hard to mess up. Did a pretty good job.

    - #3: This I enjoyed, and Timbaland was actually a nice addition to the song. I'd have to say, though, that was the most clothes I ever saw on a girl working a pole, lol!

    -#4: The Hot Stuff redeaux kinda fell flat for me. Nowhere near the life in that one that the others had.

    - Tom Jones? You should hear my She's A Lady at karaoke... well, if you aren't a lawyer working for Tom. HE DA MAN!

    OK, so there ya go, sorry about being late- but not as sorry as I'll be climbing back up to the top of this thing...

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy!

      Question for Scrappy: "What's new pussycat?" :)

      I think you got out of sync there because you skipped over song #2, "Buttons," the one Scrappy likes because it features Snoop Dogg. :) Nevertheless, I think I can follow what you are telling me here.

      I never assume anything and I didn't realize you are so opposed to rappers. As you know they are widely used as a spice in modern recordings. Sorry if they give your ears heartburn. :)

      You aren't the first responder to turn thumbs down on the PCD version of "Hot Stuff." My ears say it is the second best recording of this post (right behind "Don't Cha") and that it is better than the Donna Summer original. (Keep in mind that I do NOT like Donna Summer's catalog very much.)

      Well I'm glad you found a couple of things to like about the post, Chris, and I thank you again for making time for a visit. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. Pussycat dolls is what I'm familiar with. My era I should say. :D

    1. Hi, Luxie!

      How are you, my friend around the world? Thank you for coming!

      Yessum, The Pussycat Dolls rose to popularity in the early 2000s and I am not surprised that you know about them. I hope you enjoyed this selection of PCD favorites.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Lux!

  20. Wait -a minute- i'm about to sneeze.. its right there- oh well. I am very allergic to cats but i loved this post! This is so cute and i love all your references to the various famous felines. Felix the cat was my favorite. I still know all the words to the song when it came on," whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks".
    I have a couple of the Pussycat doll songs- Stickwitu and Buttons. I think at one point, Carmen Electra danced with them. I think Nicole S is so pretty and talented but it was cheating for her to win the Dancing with the stars. Anytime they put a dancer in a dancing show- its a given.
    Hope you're having a great week. Im on my lunch break and had time to read your post but not enough to post on my own. I am goign to try to post tonight.

    1. Hi, Holli!

      How are you, dear friend? I've been getting worried about you because you haven't posted in a while. I hope all is AOK with you and Todd and the rest of your family, including your dogs.

      I'm happy to know that you appreciated the kitty kharacters who introduced these Pussycat Dolls recordings. You are quite a bit younger than Shady and yet you remember Felix the Cat. That's surprising. I'll bet you never heard of Krazy Kat.

      Here's the Felix the Cat theme song:

      You seem to know a lot about the PCDs and even have a couple of their hits. Their debut album is a frequent flier on my CD player.

      I am having a great week and it just got better thanks to your kind visit and super comment. Thanks again for joining me, dear friend Holli. I'll see you soon!

  21. a pussy post! (hee hee hee)

    (sings) don'tcha wish mrs shady was hot like me? don'tcha wish mrs shady was a freak like me? don'tcha!


    1. Hi, anne marie in philly!

      It is a pleasure to have you back over for a visit, dear friend. Thanks for dropping in!

      Good one, dearie! SDMM is a place to have fun and engage in shenanigans and I am especially pleased to have a new friend with a good sense of humor. Quoting back song lyrics earns you extra friend points. :)

      I got one for you:


      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend anne marie, and don'tcha wait too long to come back again. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  22. I'm almost too late for this feline powerhouse of fun Shady! It's been a stressful week and this was a breath of fresh air! (a clean litter box will do that!) I have a small recollection of the Pussy Cat Dolls but this wasn't my kind of music so I probably just changed the radio station! I enjoyed it here though. They are very talented and of course beautiful and sexy so I'm sure teens enjoyed them! I do remember Mr. Tom Jones and how many kitties would throw their undies at him during concerts! I always found that kinda weird but that's just me I guess! Your hosts of cool cats was fun to see and remember their claim to fame. The only one not familiar was Krazy Kat. Hope your week is a good one down south and I hope Fall is finding it a bit cooler for you...although you seem to like it a cat on a hot tin roof? Take care friend!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Welcome welcome welcome, dear friend! I was just getting ready to turn in when I spotted your eleventh hour (literally) comment. :) I didn't expect you to be here this week with all that you have on your plate. I appreciate your visit very much and hope this signals better news about your mother, your sister, your brother and Eddy.

      The Pussycat Dolls came and went w/o me even knowing about them because I was tuned in to other categories of music during the 2000s. Now that I have discovered them I listen to their songs just about every day.

      Yessum, Tom Jones was a heartthrob and I suppose he still is. I was expecting to see panties flying toward the stage in that old clip as he performed on his TV series. :)

      It seems that I am the only one who remembers Krazy Kat. That name sprang to mind immediately as I thought about famous felines to include in this post. I have two more installments of the series coming and they will include a few more kool kitties of the past and present.

      Speaking of kool... it isn't cooling down in Florida yet, still uncomfortably warm. Please send us a cold front a.s.a.p. :)

      I appreciated your reference to the 1958 Liz Taylor/Paul Newman film Cat On a Hot Tin Roof which got a lot of buzz when I was a boy.

      Thank you again for being a terrific friend and visiting tonight, dear friend YaYa. Take good care of yourself and know that I continue to pray for your mother and other family members. God bless!


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