Dr. Snuggles and friends return for episode 72 of your guide to the truly astonishing world of softcore films, and the world’s number one podcast on that subject!
It’s off to Germany and also The Netherlands and also Switzerland and probably some other countries in the very, very late ‘60s, as Herr Doktor Snuggles and the gang check out Erwin C. Dietrich and also Jack Hill’s 1970 sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll far-out improv road trip classic, Ich - Ein Groupie, aka Higher and Higher! And what a gang it is: power couple Ken and Stacey of the Heavy Leather entertainment empire are back, as is Seattle rock writer extraordinaire Cherrybomb! It’s like a mini-Movies About Girls Show reunion. Accordingly, there is noisy chaos. There is also plenty of Herr Doktor Snuggles absolutely butchering a lot of German words, so enjoy that.
Much of the terrifying German mispronunciation comes as we look at the life and career of the star of Ich - Ein Groupie: Ingrid Steeger! From her beginnings growing up sleeping on the stove in a one room flat with her family in post-war Berlin, to her superstardom on German TV in the mid-’70s on sketch comedy phenomenon Klimbim, she had quite the rise to fame. At one point, 98% of Germans knew who she was! Granted, things didn’t exactly stay at that level, but you’ll be pleased to know (as a sort of postscript to the Softcore Spotlight on the show) that she’s on the mend and heading home after her recent heart attack.
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