Is ‘Friends’ ‘Smelly Cat’ secretly the best cover song ever?
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The fun and lasting legacy of “Smelly Cat”
“Alleluia.” “Feel good.” “A bridge over murky waters.” “Smelly cat.”
The most covered songs of all time are indelible vocal showcases, emotional tributes to the subtlety of human experience, and paragons of timelessness that, paired with the right performer, can stir the soul in new and unexpected ways. And then there is “Smelly Cat”.
Of course, the song, first performed by Lisa Kudrow on Friends before becoming a stand-alone pop culture iconography, is not literally the most covered. But it’s starting to feel like this. You know what? It somehow deserves it.
Most hours and 45 minutes Friends the reunion that kicked off this week was just James Corden who sparked the same stories that have been told hundreds of times over the past 17 years, blooper reels every superfan has seen, and a celebrity Mad Libs stopping to toast the cast at one of the most overproduced television events in recent years. But there were also some really great moments.
For the most part, these times came when the actors were allowed to sit together and hang out. They remembered, recounted half-memories while others filled in the gaps, and revealed mundane details about their experiences which ended up being the most exciting part of the show. Isn’t that what we wanted? To see these six actors together, to be friends?
I was surprised, given how the rest of the special played out, that a stunt in which Lady Gaga stepped out to sing “Smelly Cat” with Kudrow ended up being one of the only highlights of the show. series.
Gaga was dressed in ’90s Phoebe kooky drag and sounded great, revealing how the simple chords in the ridiculous song actually were kind of a rule. A gospel choir arrived, and everything had gotten so ridiculous it risked flying over the cliff of taste, but Gaga then brought the moment back to earth.
She thanked Kudrow for “being the person for all of us on Friends it was the different one, or the one who was really herself. It was truly authentic, and a great point about how the sitcom had meaning that digs deeper than its jokes, but without being pretentious about it.
Gaga now joins Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and Taylor Swift among the music stars who duet on “Smelly Cat” with Kudrow. Swift even had the Friends the star joins her on an arena stage to play her during one of her tours. That’s quite a legacy for any song, let alone one that was meant to be a silly joke on a comedy series. But that’s not just about the legacy of Friends, but to the fact that “Smelly Cat” is actually a bop.
“Soft Kitty” never could.
The angry screed of a gay musical theater
More than 14 months after Broadway closed due to COVID and seven extremely quiet months after the nominations were announced, a date has finally been set for the Tony Awards.
The ceremony will take place on September 26, brimming with the usual bullshit you would expect from the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League, which work with all the efficiency of a clogged toilet in the name of the art it represents.
You see, while there is a Tony Awards special that airs on CBS that features performances and the top three awards, all of the other categories will be featured in a pre-show that can only be aired on Paramount +.
This is a huge rebuke to the artists and creatives who deserve recognition, especially since they are now working to reinvigorate Broadway after the pandemic. But it’s also a disservice to the locals whose only chance to witness these artists is at the Tony Awards.
The young kid doing school musicals in Maryland (that kid, that’s me) would be devastated by that. The Tony Awards were a passport to a fantasy every year, not only because I got to see numbers of different musicals performed, but also because I got to see the talented people who made their dreams come true get recognized. A child shouldn’t need to subscribe to Paramount + to familiarize themselves with the concept of Audra MacDonald winning Tony Awards!
Either way, a virtual hug to all the teens locked in a panic wondering how they’re going to ask their parents to ride for Paramount + so they can watch the Tonys.
Merry Christmas to Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan returns to the theater! Nature heals! Or maybe he is still very sick and we should probably check him out to see if all is well!
The troubled career star we all continue to cheer on, but only to a point – right? – will apparently star in a new Netflix Christmas movie. According to Variety, Lohan will play a “newly engaged and spoiled hotel heiress” (according to the logbook), who has amnesia after a skiing accident and finds herself in the care of a handsome blue-collar owner and her precocious daughter in the days leading up to Christmas. “
Yes, this is the plot of At the sea, as well as Christmas music. But once upon a time you could have said that Lohan was on a Goldie Hawn-esque path and new ideas died out with the dodo bird, so why complain when you can just decorate the hallways, pour cocoa and make you comfortable for a possible train wreck?
America’s richest zip code is actually Flavortown
It was reported this week that Guy Fieri had signed a new agreement with the Food Network worth $ 80 million over three years.
It’s not enough.
A quiet place II: To all those who hastily asked me if it was good: it is! Absolutely! (Friday in theaters)
Cruella: I enjoyed it more than almost any recent Disney remake / retread / reinvention. (Friday in cinemas and Disney +)
Blue: Watch out for parents (and, honestly, everyone): The Greatest Kid’s Show is back for season two. (Friday on Disney +)
Easttown mare: A PSA whose final is broadcast on Sunday night and it’s GOOD. (Sunday on HBO)
Friends: Reunion: I like Friends. Just watch the episodes of Friends rather. (Now on HBO Max)
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