Category Archives: Music

Showtune Saturday: “Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop”

Eddie Pensier writes: I will confess to not being a Will Ferrell fan at all (with the exception of his turn as Bob Woodward in Andrew Fleming’s very underrated Dick) but if anyone could harness the manic lunacy of Kenneth … Continue reading

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Couldn’t Do It Today

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Beneath your perfume and your make-up You’re just a baby in disguise And though you know that it’s wrong to be Alone with me That come on look is in your eyes

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Showtune Saturday: “The Lambeth Walk” (With Bonus Nazis)

Eddie Pensier writes: Me and my Girl was a hit musical of 1937, a mistaken-identity dancehall comedy about a Cockney bloke named Bill Snibson who discovers he is the heir to a noble title. The show’s hit tune was “The … Continue reading

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Thursday Pop Selection: XTC / Respectable Street

Sir Barken Hyena writes: XTC is caught here at the moment when their early hyperactive pop-punk began to give way to the softer, kinder sound that would debut on “English Settlement” (their peak in my view) and achieve full-bodied form on “Mummer.” … Continue reading

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Anita Cerquetti, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: She never got the press or fame of Maria Callas, whom she famously replaced in a Rome Norma in 1958. She only made two official recordings, both for Decca: an aria recital and a complete La Gioconda. She … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “What A Waste”

Eddie Pensier writes: I suspect many of us can relate far, far too well to the lyrics of this song, from Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s Wonderful Town (1953). Performed by Richard Muenz, Dawn Upshaw, and Donna Murphy, … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Well, Did You Ever?”

Eddie Pensier writes: The combined nonchalant swingin’ coolness of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter may cause swooning fits of “why can’t I be that awesome?” nostalgia. From High Society (1956), the Charles Walters-directed musical adaptation of The Philadelphia … Continue reading

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