Monday, April 11, 2011

Rubber Duckie

And now, an example of what music aimed at kids used to be like.  I like this cheerful little song so much that it took me a while to realize "Rubber Duckie" was probably written as propaganda -- namely, promoting good hygiene. 

I'd say the "Kids, take your baths!" message is pretty well lost by the time Little Richard gets through with it.

It's hard to imagine that Little Richard, with his gender-defying makeup and gestures, would be invited on to Sesame Street today.  In the comments to this video, someone wrote: "Sesame Street used to be a lot more fun than it is now."

Overachiever's footnote:  I'm trying to figure out why the melody sounds so different when Little Richard sings it.  Is it because he's using a blues scale?

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