The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 June 2007

What's more, Gnat's away at camp

So Lileks cranks up the score from Disney's Fantasia, and this occurs to him:

I wonder if I'm one of 16 people who can't hear "Dance of the Hours" without anticipating the timpani thump they added to highlight the dropped hippo. If you know what I mean.

I do know what he means. In the original (and very noisy) recording of "Wild Thing" by the Troggs, there's a break after Reg Presley croons "You move me," and right before the band comes crashing back in, there's a very audible board click. You get used to that click. Many years later, there was an otherwise-forgettable CD compilation of songs from this period which was distinguished only by the fact that they'd edited out that piece of studio noise. So proud of themselves, they must have been. I can't hear it without wondering where the hell is the click?

On the other hand, the 16 people who anticipate the timpani thump probably outnumber the folks who can hear "Dance of the Hours" without once thinking "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah." As Mr. Sherman says, camp is very entertaining.

Posted at 1:03 PM to Almost Yogurt


Camp made Adam West what he is today. (Whatever THAT is.)

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 4:12 PM on 26 June 2007

probably outnumber the folks who can hear "Dance of the Hours" without once thinking "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah."

Or its Middle Eastern counterpart, "Hello Mullah, Hello Fatwa."

Posted by: McGehee at 10:48 PM on 26 June 2007

A single solitary wood block click at 3:48 of "Caught up in you" by 38 Special on Special Forces.

Posted by: Mel at 12:34 AM on 27 June 2007

I never liked Fantasia, even when I was a kid.

I always liked Warren Zevon's "Lawyers Guns and Money." There was a line in there which went "send lawyers guns and money, the shit has hit the fan." As far as I have found, this line has been omitted from all the CD versions.

Posted by: gerry rosser at 6:50 AM on 30 June 2007