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October 19, 2011

Midweek Madness: Petula Clark, great cars, indescribable choreography

For your midweek diversion I must thank my other half, a longtime fan of Petula Clark and old cars.

He spotted this irresistible, smile-inducing clip that shows Petula delivering one of her classics while flanked by some cool British vehicles and a vibrantly attired herd of dancers. Somehow, she is not the least bit distracted by some of the cah-RAY-zee-est '60s moves you'll ever see.

I have to wonder if those responsible knew at the time just how divinely campy this choreography would look, starting with that guy gyrating underneath one of the autos. You may have to watch this video twice to catch all of the fabulousity that punctuates a great song of the times:

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:26 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens


Oh Lordy - that's some craptastic dancing you've got there! Gotta love the stray hat that sits in the middle of the floor for most of the song. I think that may actually transcend mere campy and go directly to bad. It almost reminds me of the "Double Dream Hands" guy's choreography (something Jacobson?).

The word 'bad' came to my mind, too, but I was laughing too hard to be harsh. Perhaps: misguided. TIM

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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).

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