July 7th, 2006

Tom Lehrer is Smug


Tonight, my friends, we shall swing.

1. I LOVE TO SINGA (1936). Cab Calloway vs. Al Jolson. ON ROOFTOPS. Oh, Jackson! (No, Jolson's not in blackface, but he drops a Mammy reference something fierce.) Cab struts.

2. Cab Calloway vs. THE REEFER MAN. If he says he's swum from China, wants to sell you South Carolina, then you know you've been talkin' to that reefer man.

3. Cab Calloway vs. THE TWO-HEADED MONSTER from Sesame Street. With an all-Muppet orchestra. A neat, clean way to get Cab to do his "Hi-Dee-Ho" routine from Minnie the Moocher without having to sing about kicking the gong around Chinatown. It must have been fun to have been a Muppeteer that day. and no, peggy, you can't be a yellowcoat

4. Animal vs. BUDDY RICH on a very special episode of the Muppet Show. Redubbed in Italian, curiously enough. Consider that a bonus, a little extra special helping of sprinkles on your cupcake, from me to you.

5. Benny Goodman's ALL THE CATS JOIN IN (1946), a short animated by Disney legend Freddie Moore for the Make Mine Music feature. The animation on this is incredible, and no doubt served as inspiration, along with Al Hirschfeld, for Eric Goldman's amazing Fantasia 2000 short RHAPSODY IN BLUE (PART 1 | PART 2). Oh, yeah.