Friday, March 04, 2011

Music Challenge: Day 2: Least Favorite Song

If you've ever been to a wedding or a family reunion, you've likely endured the nightmarish Lovecraftian Vortex of Treacly Hell that is Kool and the Gang's "Celebration".

Kool and the Gang earned their funk cred points in the 1970's with a lot of great throw-down tracks like the classic, "Jungle Boogie".  But their biggest hit has been beaten to death as THE soundtrack for any gathering populated by rhythm-(and taste-) impaired white people. It's R & B flavored with Nutri-Sweet. No wonder your grandpa can dance to it.

I hate the song so much that I won't even dignify it with a link to a video or MP3 of the actual original song. So I thought I'd link the most memorable version of (a portion of) the song I know.

SCTV was the Canadian equivalent of Saturday Night Live in the late '70's/early '80's. The sketch show spawned some of the previous generation's greatest comic sensibilities, some of whom created this (I think) hysterical parody.  Those of you too young to realize the amusement in the Old Guard's most lame entertainer (Perry Como) doing a 'funk' song are just flat-out missing out. So, here for your edification is the Perry Como spoof featuring a funny excerpt of "Celebration." Honestly, it isn't that much blander than the original. 


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