By Rob Schultz
Let’s face it readers, I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but what I really can’t stand are songs. Nothing ruins a jaunty tune faster than being paired with some dreadful poem.
Every now and then, there’s an appropriate time and place for a song, like at the funeral of someone who wasn’t particularly well-liked, or during a film when you want to give the audience a clue about what they’re supposed to be feeling.
This month, let’s celebrate the 86th Academy Awards by cherry-picking items from the ol’ mailbag that pertain to songs from films, and we’ll learn together just how sad they are:
Reader JStampz2322 writes, “Remember ‘That Thing You Do?’ That’s a danceable classic!”
JStamp, for one thing, the band in that movie is an analogue for the Beatles, and just like most Beatles songs, this is kind of a creepy stalker song addressed to a woman who isn’t interested in the narrator. For another, “that thing” is heroin.