Pink Lady was one of the hottest pop groups to come out of Japan in the 70s. Mitsuyo Nemoto (Mie) and Keiko Masuda (Kei) are now in their 50s, but they still have a loyal following and still occasionally hit the stage together.
In 1979, Mie and Kei decided it was time to conquer the American market, and they had some success when a song called “Kiss in the Dark” hit #37 on the Billboard Top 40 chart. But then in 1980, disaster struck when they appeared alongside comedian Jeff Altman in a show on NBC called “Pink Lady and Jeff” – a show which lasted only 6 weeks and is still regarded by many as the worst American TV show of all time.
Oh well, you can’t win ’em all, I guess.
Part of the problem was that Mie and Kei had a decidedly limited ability to speak English, so they had to memorize everything phonetically, something which apparently was very stressful for them. But they were troopers, and they carried on with aplomb. These days, the series is one of those “so bad, it’s good” kind of things, and rates high on the campy meter. For me, it holds a special place in my heart and in my DVD collection.
In a clip from the show above, the girls appear with the one and only Hugh Hefner, as they get ready to become Playboy Bunnies in the Tokyo club.