Why don’t more bands cover show tunes?

Today I’m doing something I probably haven’t done in over 25 years.  While I know that’s a pretty broad statement, because as one ages, we just don’t want to do certain things anymore.  Like use portable toilets or take red-eye flights. So on to the story at hand.

When I was a kid, I danced around to my mom’s records and played out roles from her favorite musicals. Even as a teenager, when I had amassed a rather impressive record collection, I still would go down into the basement and play show tunes at top volume when I was feeling kind of down.

A few weeks ago, suffering from cabin fever in the -25 weather, we ventured out on a thrift store spree to dig through old albums.  You never know what you’re going to get, and I must say the pickings were rather slim that day.  Unless you are a huge Anne Murray fan. But I did come across an early pressing of South Pacific with Mitzi Gaynor and Ezio Pinza for a buck, so I grabbed it.

It’s Sunday today, halfway through a long weekend, it was high time to tackle some clean-up in the house so I threw on the record.  I had completely forgotten how wonderful the songs are (well, the ones that don’t involve kids singing, but that’s a future topic).  I got to thinking how much I have always enjoyed cover versions of show tunes, and then I wondered why more bands aren’t harvesting the rich crop of songs out there anymore?  What’s more ironic than show tunes, hipsters?  What better translates into funny ska and punk songs?

So to inspire any band that may stumble across this tiny dark corner of the internet, I offer these South Pacific covers.

Reel Big Fish – Nothing Like a Dame (Set to funny anime edits, I almost peed myself laughing at this.)

Captain Sensible – Happy Talk (Can you believe this gets lumped in with punk usually? Yes, this went to #1 in the UK for two weeks in the 1980’s.)

And lastly, it doesn’t exist, but I think Jason Segal singing Some Enchanted Evening with his Dracula puppet would be the best thing ever.

Dracula musical from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Jason Segal could so do Ezio Pinzo's part.

Dracula musical from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jason Segal could so do Ezio Pinzo’s part.


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