Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
Between 1973 and 1975, Uncle Sam was a brand of deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste which had a huge marketing campaign in Australia. An Australian brand and creation, the actor who played Uncle Sam was Piero von Arnim.
''It's the perfect connection for fellas and girls / And under your arm is the top of the world,'' von Arnim sang, in a garish stars-and-stripes' jumpsuit and top-hat. The advertisements won the now-defunct Logie for best television commercial in 1975 and 1976.
The 190-centimetre actor was the Cleo centrefold in July 1975, for which he posed nude behind a piano. But Uncle Sam cast a pall over his career. During his run as Brad in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the audience sang the Uncle Sam theme when he came on stage.
In 1973, von Arnim was the titular Stud in Spears's first major stage play, a 1973 rock musical commissioned by a local sex shop owner. On tour with the show, von Arnim moved to Sydney and successfully auditioned for the leading role in McCann-Erickson's ''Uncle Sam'' commercials. To escape from the resulting fame, von Arnim left Australia.