Nov 18, 2008
Nestled somewhere between Average White Band and Miles Davis, the album pictured above lived in alphabetical perpetuity in Bossy’s parent’s collection. It was released in 1972, a companion piece to the movie Cabaret starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.
Bossy isn’t sure when she discovered this soundtrack—or the movie since Bossy doesn’t think she was old enough to see this in the theater. Although keep in mind we’re talking about the same Bossy’s mother who took young Bossy to see An Unmarried Woman, her official position being that it was less damaging than any Disney movie. This is An Unmarried Woman’s tagline:
She laughs, she cries, she feels angry, she feels lonely, she feels guilty, she makes breakfast, she makes love, she makes do, she is strong, she is weak, she is brave, she is scared, she is… an unmarried woman.
In whatever case, Bossy fell headfirst into the album Cabaret, which flopped opened to reveal a host of photos taken directly from the movie.
The movie—and the Broadway show it was based on—tells the story of Sally Bowles, an American singer living in 1930s Berlin during the period when the Nazis get a foothold in Germany, but Bossy missed the Nazi theme because she was too busy wondering how Sally Bowles balanced herself on the T like that, and wondering if those suede boots were available in size 3.
In the movie, Sally Bowles becomes the colorful neighbor to new arrival Brian, a buttoned-down English academic who moves into an apartment across the hall:
Sally’s early attempts to seduce Brian are thwarted because Brian is a homosexual, except Bossy missed the gay theme because she was too busy noticing how much Sally Bowles liked to dance with chairs:
Eventually Sally does seduce Brian, which young Bossy didn’t miss:
Although Bossy didn’t get it when, later, a playboy baron comes to seduce both Sally and Brian, because: more chairs!
This past weekend while channel surfing, Bossy stumbled on this movie and was once again reminded of her favorite scene and song:
It’s Money, Money—and along with Liza Minnelli, it features the talented Joel Grey–even if his makeup and demeanor both intrigued and terrified young Bossy in the same way that the images on this album made Bossy pee her training pants.
Anyway. Bossy woke up singing Money, Money. In fact it is an earworm lodged so deep in her skull that she is wondering if there are surgeries to correct such things, and how long is the waiting list.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you help Bossy dislodge her earworm by telling her about
the song that is currently stuck in your head?
And don’t forget to check back later today for what promises to be a catalogue of the most annoying songs on the web.