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June 20, 2012

MIdweek Madness: A little something stupid, insipid and possibly insane

OK, Midweek Madness fans -- you ain't seen nothing yet.

I am almost sorry to unleash this one on you, because it could make your day feel quite unbalanced, and lead to some very disturbing dreams at night.

As you know, the illustrious Frank Sinatra occasionally slipped a little in the choice of musical material. One of his aesthetic plunges was ...

"Something Stupid," a duet with daughter Nancy. Their version was bad enough. But, oh, what horrors awaited when others decided to cover the insipid song.

Here's the ultimate (mis)interpretation. I don't know what I find scarier about this -- the way that the Lennon Sisters sing the words to stuffed animals; the way said sisters seem so Stepford; the tacky set (I just love the giant hotdog); or the whole, shattering reality that I've wasted nearly three minutes listening to such a wretched tune.

UPDATE: Folks with better memories of this song have pointed out some word changes, most egregiously turning "a drink or two" into "a dance or two." I guess it's easier to dance with stuffed animals than drink with them.


Posted by Tim Smith at 6:49 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens, Midweek Madness


Yes, this is a scary find! I think what concerns me most is someone sat around a table and said "i have a great idea" and then planned this all in detail complete with hugging the stuffed animals while they spun around....

I agree it is just too crazy to imagine folks actually planning and rehearsing that horrifying number. Did no one get the giggles on the set? Were they all on meds? TIM

A director for a TV variety show will occasionally take a hit of LSD before rehearsals.

I told myself on Wednesday not to view the clip because I new that it would constitute a major assault on my musical sensibilities. After reading the comments, I figured "Oh what the hell" and clicked the start arrow. Got through only about 50 seconds before it just got too ridiculous - the clipped diction and timing, the stroking of the stuffed animals - oh the horror! Tim, you are one sick puppy for putting this piece of consummate dreck on the blog! Love ya anyway!

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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).

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