Sunday, November 01, 2009

Walken in the Footsteps of Steve

Entertainer Steve Allen once postulated that rock and roll lyrics were the poetry of the new generations. Actually, he was just making a joke. Anyway, in the interest of culture, the minor premise offers the following dramatic reading of "Poker Face," (written by Stefani Germanotta and Nadir Khayat) by the actor Christopher Walken:



In the 1980s, Steve Allen would recite the lyrics to Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" (written by Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey), but he began the practice in the late 1950s, reading "Be-Bop-a-Lula" (Lyrics by Donald Graves or Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis).

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Blogger CMinor said...

So that's what the Lady was saying. I must declare the house and car radios Gaga-free zones.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Love the Steve Allen clip. :) He appears to be making sport of them, but I bet he really liked them. He was enamored with Jack Kerouac's be bop writing style...

7:27 AM  
Blogger DMinor said...

Charles,

Thanks for stopping by. Steve Allen was a prolific song writer, who took particular pride in his lyrics. I think nonsense words (prevalent in 60s rock) and endless repetition (70s disco) annoyed him, and this was his way of lampooning those perceived faults.

4:53 PM  

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