The Unbearable Banishment: Some get a kick from censorship

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some get a kick from censorship

I have a great recording of Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter's I Get a Kick Out of You. In one stanza, she sings:

Some, they may go for cocaine
I'm sure that if, I took even one sniff

It would bore me terrifically too

But I get a kick out of you

I also have two recordings of Sinatra singing the same song and in one version the lyric was sanitized to:

Some like the perfume from Spain
I'm sure that if I took even one sniff

It would bore me terrifically too

But I get a kick out of you

In the second recording, it was changed to:

Some like the bop-type refrain
I'm sure that if, I heard even one riff

It would bore me terrifically too

But I get a kick out of you

The perfume from Spain?! Give me a break! That doesn’t even make any sense. Since when is Spain known for its perfume? Unemployment, maybe. But not perfume. Porter would NEVER have written such a pedestrian line. It takes all the punch and dark glamor out of the song. I almost wish I hadn't noticed.

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This morning's ear worm while brushing my teeth at 5:25 a.m.: The theme from The Wild Wild West. My God. What is WRONG with me?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks. i'll some 'splainin' to do in my meeting as i'm humming this bad boy all day...

tv shows don't do their own themesongs these days. maybe that's why they fail so soon? not memorable. saw this and it made me smile...

August 27, 2009 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Sid said...

"bob-type refrain"? I'm not even sure what that means.

August 27, 2009 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: I was secretly hoping to inflict that on someone else. Share the misery has been my credo for a long time.

Sid: Be-bop is a type of jazz that was popular in the 50s when Sinatra recorded this. Hence, a “bop-type refrain” would be the refrain section of a be-bop song. At least, that’s my interpretation.

August 27, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

sanitized sinatra lyrics? damn, sugar, i wish i hadn't read this! *sigh* but then again, there's nothing new about censorship. re the wild, wild west theme - i thought y'all were talking about will smith's theme for the movie! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? ;~D (and yes, i am old enough to remember the original tv show...*yet another deep sigh*) xoxox

August 27, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger tennysoneehemingway said...

Never even knew about the cocaine line. You really CAN learn something new everyday.

August 28, 2009 at 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every heard Dolly Parton sing it? She leaves in the cocaine lyric. Also, I used to want to marry Jim AND Artemis. I never could decide which one I liked best.

August 28, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

I've never really thought about it, but you're right. I guess even the blue-eyed rascal had to tone things down for radio play. Crazy! The Ella version is the best anyway.

August 31, 2009 at 7:01 AM  

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