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July 05, 2006

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WFMU's Beware of the Blog presents the strange saga of Santo Gold. It was some kind of fake gold jewelry, and the guy who invented it also produced a movie (Blood Circus) that plugged Santo Gold. The infomercial for Santo Gold is delightfully baffling.... [Read More]

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Andy

And, of course, this cannot be mentioned without somebody brining up the Lotion song, "Love Theme From Santo Gold." The lyrics don't seem to have much with the movie, though.

Perry Mancini

I think the actress you are looking for is not Suzie Wong.
Her real name is Nancy Kwan and her home page can be found here: http://www.nancy-kwan.com/
I was not able to locate the Pearl Cream commercial, but there is a 2-hour movie called “Cenopath” staring David Carradine that is circulating on the Internet. Nancy Kwan is the concubine. You can search video search engines like singingfish.com to find it.
Hope this helps
Thank You,
Perry Mancini
Executive Director- American Eskimo Rescue and Sanctuary of Iowa
Co-Director Iowa Heart Bandits
http://www.eskiedog.com

david rhoden

Thanks! This is weirder than I remember it!

shawn

The Wikipedia page says, "His attorney attempted to have the charges dismissed based on mental incompetence, and used Blood Circus as an example of Rigatuso's purported insanity." If the film was entered as a trial exhibit, could it be moldering in an evidence room somewhere, or have I been watching too much television?

Mark Allen

Perry - indeed you are right. It's Nancy Kwan - not Suzie Wong. I confused her name with that of her character in the film. I have changed the info - thanks! :)

SANTO GOLD

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http://www.myspace.com/santogold

Chris

Santo Gold was not a northeastern thing. I grew up on a farm in East Texas and I clearly remember my brother and me watching the Santo Gold infomercial. We even incorporated 'Santo' into our vocabulary. A 'Santo' was one of those guys--you know the ones--who thought they were cooler than they really were--shirt unbuttoned several buttons, several fake gold chains dangling down mixing in with the chest hairs. We still to this day use 'Santo' to refer to these types, even broadening it to include anyone whose attempts at coolness far exceeded their actual coolness.

Chris in MD

I was actually at a filming of a "wrestling match" that was supposed to be used in Blood Circus. It was at the Baltimore Civic center, as I recall. I went with my friend and we took my Super-8 movie camera. A pair of rent-a-cops confiscated our roll of film; fortunately, we had another stashed away and shot that one, too, this time a being a little more discreet.

The audience was the usual unwashed kids and grannies at a low-rent wrestling event, and MAN were they pissed when it turned out to be a sham (it was advertised as a wrestling match/come-be-in-a-movie event). Long pauses while nothing happened, with people screaming for blood, with local announcer Charlie Eckman trying to move the non-existant show along. There were aliens (bad dummies, as I recall) lowered from the roof to suck the brains/blood of wrestlers; there were fake severed heads tossed about. My favorite part was a wrestling tag-team called the Cryin' Blondes. Hit them and they cried, which they indicated by spinning/rubbing their fists in their eyes, baby-style. All the while Mr. Santo himself ran around with a bullhorn, looking exactly like Phil Spector.

A great night. Still have the films somewhere, I guess. At the time, it fit right in to my Subgenious shenanigans.

Kenny in Baltimore

I have two of the movie posters in my office. I remember we went down to the Civic Center as well. As i recall they wanted extras and we thought we could get into the movie. We got tossed out after one of our party created some sort of fuss during one of the long periods of waiting. How did they get Charlie Eckman involved?

lick

Am I the only one who recalls Andy Kauffman? Maybe it was one of his most outlandish stunts to date that never got regognized... Maybe, hmmm?

PukeFlavor

"SANTO GOLD, JUST LIKE REAL GOLD, MADE FROM THE GOLD BULLION!"

Stan the Man

I never heard of Santo Gold until Dave Cross (legendary leader of Coffee) asked me to digitize his "Santo Gold" sessions. Featuring Chas Lockwood (Ferrets, Lotus STP & Invisible Party) & Steve Grills (Roadmasters). Inspired by Santo Gold; enjoy!

http://www.greendoch.com/santogold/

S

HMPL

Santo Gold TV auction that hypes Blood Circus:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiBdplG_0xs
It's an infomercial! It's a movie trailer! It's a TV sell-a-thon! You decide!!

Jeff Mitchell

I agree about the "northeastern thing". That it definately was not. I lived in Birmingham , Alabama around that time, I guess I was about 16 or 17. It religiously came on late Friday or Saturday nights. We would all get stoned as hell and watch it and laugh for hours.

BY the way, can anyone get a copy of the entire infomercial? I'd love to check it out again.

Big John

I HEAR SANTOGOLD IS PLAYING A SECRET SHOW IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 22ND AT BORDELLO BAR www.bordellobar.com/, MORE INFO AT SWINDLE MAGAZINE. I HEAR SHE WILL GO ON AT 11PM. ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE?

DiggityDawg

I can also vouch that it wasn't only a Northeast thing. I lived in Southeast Kansas in the mid-80's, & Santo came on after Letterman. Now that's "Must-See TV".

andy

there's a nancy kwan pearl cream video on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaD_fvehAaU

Richard

I grew up in South Texas (our television picked up Corpus Christi stations and, under the right weather conditions, San Antonio), and I remember the Santo Gold commercials very well. So bad they're classics.

Chuck

As per the Wikipedia entry on "Blood Circus", looks like the original negatives have been found and they're currently looking for producers...wounder if anything will come of this second go-round!

ChuckL8

Santogold infomercials also ran in both Los Angeles and San Francisco TV markets. They were so incredibly bad that they were fun to watch, and they were the only infomercials that we all watched from start to finish, even at parties. If someone had a TV on, and a Santogold infomercial came on, everyone stopped to watch it, and we could all recite just about every line, verbatim.

One of the best bits was when they proudly showed their "factory", which looked like something out of a bad industrial section of Albania, or the final scenes in "Full Metal Jacket".

The theme song was great, too; ... "Not just gold, ... SANTO gold!" Anyway, thanks for bringing back memories of those truly cheesey ads.

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