What was the name of this ubiquitous performance art duo from the 1980s?
January 10, 2013 5:20 AM Subscribe
Back in the late 1980s there was this weird performance art duo, a man and a woman, who seemed to turn up all over the place on TV. They were on MTV, I think they were on the Tonight Show, et al, but nobody seems to remember them and I can't find any record of them online. (No, they were not
Shields and Yarnell.)
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They would do these mechanistic performances where they would both kind of move like robots and talk in these rapid, loud, staccato voices. Most of their bits seemed to be satirical stuff about yuppies and other 1980s types.
I remember a bit where they were supposed to be flirting in a bar, and the guy would holler something like, "I'm looking for a girl who's looking for a guy who has a bright future in TOY MANUFACTURING!" And then the girl would answer something like, "I'm looking for a guy who's looking for a girl who's looking for a guy who has a bright future in TOY MANUFACTURING!" I remember the bit leading up to a part where the guy said, "Uh-huh, Uh-huh, I like what you're about!" Then the girl said, "Uh-huh, Uh-huh, I like what YOU'RE about!" Then they both said in unison, ""Uh-huh, Uh-huh, we like what we're about!"
They were very art school and kind of Dresden Doll-ish, maybe they wore mime facepaint and had derby hats and stuff. I think their name had "clock" or "watch" in it. Maybe.
I was never a huge fan, but for about 10 years I've been trying to remember who the hell they were and nobody ever knows who I'm talking about. Help me please, my fellow aging Gen-X'ers!