Bil Browning

CONTEST: Yodeling Lesbian Twins

Filed By Bil Browning | November 10, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

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Today we bring you one of our oddest contest to date - and you'll want, want, want to enter this one. Courtesy of the Disinformation Company comes the documentary, "The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls." Topp-Twins-DVD.jpgYou can win one of three copies by commenting on this post.

The winner of 20 Best Documentary Awards, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is the story of Jools and Lynda Topp, the world's only yodeling country singing and comedy lesbian twins, who have entertained a generation with their politics and celebration of joy. Doubly funny and enormously powerful singers, their politically-charged comedy theatre helped change the social fabric of a nation, and in the process The Topps became unlikely cultural icons.

Here's the background: The two sisters became sensations in Australia/New Zealand for their over-the-top characters and comedy shows. They are hysterically funny, but they also used their platform to advance civil rights and other issues - like the fight over nuclear power. The documentary isn't just clips of their performances - it also includes in-depth interviews about their careers - from coming out long before most performers even considered doing it to their famous activism for various progressive issues.

The rules are simple: Leave a comment on this thread telling me why I should pick you. The contest will close Sunday, November 13 at midnight Eastern time. I'll pick the winners at random; you don't have to purchase anything to win. Contributors are not eligible to win.

After the break catch some videos of the duo performing and a promo for the movie.

Topp Twins Perform 'Meet Me Mama (The Yodeling Song)'

Topp Twins Perform Comedy Routine as Country Western Singers 'The Gingham Sisters'

(This is a personal favorite of mine. It makes me giggle.)

Performing with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra

Promo from 'The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls'

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Pick me! I'm queer woman and a longtime amateur yodel-er, ever since picking it up in the fifth grade. I love this pair!

I am the eldest of 8 children. I have three sisters (one is my sister from another mother)and we have always enjoyed performing. When we were young, Laurie (who is two years younger than I am) and I used to sing and dance along to Carole King and Paul Revere and the Raiders in our garage with our cousins, calling ourselves The Four White Aces (our T-shirts were white and there was already a group called The Four Aces)charging a nickel for the neighbourhood kids to come and watch.

As we grew older, she and I would make up skits to perform along with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and dance moves for Heart, ELO, Gary Wright, and many others. In high school we joined drama together, and acted out scenes from the film 'The Women' and made up a skit to go along with Elton John's Funeral For a Friend.

I have many great memories of singing, dancing, and acting with my sister Laurie, so I am entering in honour of a joyful, creative youth.

Kiwi's are my favorite fruit.

well that certainly brightened the day of a newly divorced, unemployed, just lost business due to water damage,bankrupt, Transwoman.
just the vids were great.

Annette Gross Annette Gross | November 10, 2011 6:19 PM

I can't enter the contest because I'm a contributor. But I feel compelled to remark on this post. First, I am an identical twin. I love to see identical twins, especially sisters, performing. The first twins my sister and I saw perform on TV was The Borden Twins who performed "Richoct Lover" on I Love Lucy. Now, my sister wanted to be a cow-girl when she was a little girl. This year she finally bought Tony Llama cowboy boots! I have cowboy boots too! And like one of these sisters, my sister had breast cancer. We can always relate to identical twins. And honestly, the yodeling brought tears to my eyes! I never heard of The Topp Twins, but I can see the impact they've had in New Zealand. Thanks for such a great post Bil. TWINS FOREVER!!!!!

Pick me, pick me, pick me! My sister is a yodeling lesbian (but not a twin) and she would love to have this! Please, pick me (er, her)!

Justus Eisfeld Justus Eisfeld | November 11, 2011 7:34 AM

The Topp Twins are amazing! I have been a fan ever since a trip to New Zealand introduced me to them last March. I would love to see the documentary again, because while Air New Zealand should be lauded for showing it on their planes, the movie certainly calls for a much larger screen and better audio setup.

dara silverman | November 11, 2011 9:43 AM

I saw this documentary with my girlfriend in the spring and it made us happy for weeks afterwards. A copy of Untouchable Girls would help us survive the long, brutal Upstate New York winter. AND we have been talking about it non-stop but have had no way to show it to friends. I can guarantee that a copy in our house would be seen far and wide.

Ooh, pick me? My girlfriend and I would love to curl up on the couch and watch this together. It looks like a fabulous film.

Please pick me because I am having a very hard sad week and know that the girls already help pick me up.

Of course there are many people wanting this DVD! Count me in as one of them.
Why pick me? Well, let me say there are several reasons I would like a copy of this documentary.
One, I love yodeling, even if it is done for comedic reasons. I am a Southern boy and love all forms of Southern, Country, Appalachian and other forms of music.
Second, they remind me of shows like The Smothers Brothers, Sonny and Cher, et al. Variety comedy. Some with a political message. I like to remember those shows and these women provide a rebirth of that genre.
Third, I want to donate it to our Community Pride Center. They have movie nights twice a month. This would be a hit a hundred times over.
Fourth, many national bands sprang and spring from our area. Sister Hazel, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Matchbox 20 to name a few who many should know. I attend local bands when they perform and most of them have gay, lesbian or bisexual members. I want them t see what a major influence being part of our community AND coming out can mean.
Fifth, we are the only Democratic majority county out of 67 counties in our state of Florida. I want people to see what the arts can do to change opinion and to make a difference. Many people are complacent because the benefits afforded them here in our county, and not elsewhere make them that way. And we have so many talented people. I want to get a sort of Queerfest with a message going to help change the tide of my state of Florida. Shakespeare said that you can say more and make people think more through humor. This may give them an extra oomph to get it going.
Last, this is a darn funny duo. And a darn seriously people-oriented duo. Working for rights and causes AND making people laugh and be entertained. I want their story told. And maybe, this DVD can give people a smile, renew causes and just entertain them.
Thank-you for this effort to plead for a copy!

Well, Lynne and I, Bilerico's own Wyoming Homos on the Range, are planning on watching this on demand tonight. However, if we have the privilege of receiving a copy of the DVD we promise to gift it to a darling local Mexican-Peruvian lesbian couple who are celebrating a special event this weekend. Crossing our fingers XXXXXXXX!!!