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January 11, 2012

Midweek Madness: For my fellow 'Are You Being Served?" fans

As an unabashed Anglophile, I am fond of quite a few Britcoms, even ones that some Brits consider to be terribly déclassé. One of my faves is "Are You Being Served?"

I happened upon this musical salute to the show and just had to share it for this dash of Midweek Madness -- a song sung by the late, inimitable John Inman, a.k.a. Mr. ("I'm free!") Humphries.

I didn't know this song existed (and I'm not surprised). It's the sort of ditty you'd expect to turn up on ...

an early episode of Benny Hill's show, but, as tacky as it is, it does provide a droll little reminder of the fabulous Grace Brothers department store and its ultimate Men's Wear sales clerk.

Posted by Tim Smith at 6:05 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens


Well, go to the foot of our stairs. That was board-room level fun. Loved it.

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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.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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