Friday, March 05, 2004

"...it was warm in Los Angeles."

Douglas loves Dragnet. Me too, but not as much as Dragnet. (New episode at that url most Mondays.)

From Wed 3/03 entry at John Latta's Hotel Point:

"(Be suspicious of anybody—once the round percentage of allusions to once-popular music exceeds ten per cent. of one’s publick discourse.)"

Oops. But, why, exactly? [Context: I'd be worried too, if I'd just quoted The Doors.]

Steve Folta (of Speed Bumps/Junket/The Uncalled For/Some Fancy Studio fame) writes:

"Irving Berlin used the same rhyme in his 1952 campaign song for Eisenhower: "(something) and warm and human / Why, even Harry Truman / says, 'I Like Ike'". But you probably knew that already."

You'd think, wouldn't you? No, forgot. The rewrite quoted yesterday must be earlier, if Truman himself was campaigning. This all makes it sound like I think this was the most inventive rhyme ever. The Berlin song (from the later Merman vehicle, Calle Me Madam, his last really successful show) starts with one of his most wooden: "I like Ike / Shout it over a mic." I'd quote more, but I loaned Berlin's collected lyrics to Ben Schwartz, who needed the songs from The Marx Bros. The Cocoanuts.

Heard OK's "Roses" on the radio a few days ago; Bree thinks it sounds like Steely Dan. (She, too, prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire.) The part where Andre sings "bitch" 40 or so times? I don't like that part so much. (Not on radio edit, obviously.) Once, to set up the very Ogden Nashish "ditch" rhyme, I can deal.

That's, what, eighty-five per cent?

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