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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)
        

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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!

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/edward-hill-russian-rickroll

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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