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March 8, 2010

Monday morning ear worm: A song you may wish you never heard

Over the weekend, I was informed of an astonishing ditty that apparently comes from the 1970s -- and quite possibly from another planet. Now, I just have to share.

If you haven't yet experienced this phenomenal performance, please stick with it to the very end, as each new verse brings a fresh thrill. And if you're one of the 1 million-plus who have already had the indescribable pleasure afforded by the YouTube clip, please pass it along to unsuspecting folks far and wide.

There just couldn't be a better musical way to start the week than with this impossible-to-forget (hard as you may try) exercise in pop vocalise:

Posted by Tim Smith at 5:55 AM | | Comments (5)


Lord. Just a tad on the scary side too. On the positive, the backdrop is perfect for the tune.

And that little wave at the end -- perfection. TIM

No Tim!!! Not you too (seems like every friend I have on facebook posted this last week)... while I agree the singing is not bad the lip-syncing, costume, poor acting can only be described as craptastic. However, it is a disgustingly catchy tune. I have theorized that the song must be called " the people ya meet in the Potemkin village".

You didn't mention the bad toupee! TIM

You evil man.

Oh no, not more trolololo! It's everywhere!

Matthew had to mention Rickroll. Now THAT song is in my head! "Never gonna make you cry"..... Thanks

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
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