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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

I’m In The Mood For… NIRVANA!!!111!!!! (From 2007)

This video is bound to drive certain devotees of the original up the wall. Why, that’s enough to get me to like it right there.

Paul Anka wrote the Tonight Show theme. Paul Anka doesn’t have to work. I imagine he does it because he likes it, and the seats are full every night. He could spend an additional four hours daily in his Pan-Galactic tanning bed. And for all his multi-decadal-highwater-Haband-pants-early-bird-special vibe, I’m sure he’s been presented with the opportunity to get an intimate look at more young ladies than a workaholic gynecologist on speed in an all night clinic.

Paul Anka has always been immensely square, if you ask me. But he seems perfectly comfortable in his irradiated skin, doesn’t he? And when you consider how subversive his rendition of Smells Like Teen Spirit is, you see he’s hipper than Curt Cobain could ever be.

Fight the power, Paulie. Stick it to The Man.

(In the comments, Deb from Madison casts an approving eye back to another version of this same song we enjoyed here: Googlewhack is Amused )

8 Responses

  1. What’s even more amazing is that was at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

    “That does swing!”

  2. It’s good, but the British Ukulele version that you dug up a while ago is remains my favorite.
    And yes, it drives my thirteen year-old who has recently discovered Nirvana crazy!
    -Deb in Madison

  3. Let's hope he doesn't end up like Sadat.

    But I agree, that version is more subversive than the original.

  4. Hah! My daughter,almost 16 now, and having greatly broadened her tastes, now actively looks for the most esoteric music imaginable,artists that will never catch on with the popular crowd. So she "kinda" likes the British Uke version. Off to find an mp3 version online….
    -Deb in Madison

  5. When this album first came out I used it as soundcheck music, but decided to stop after an incident.

    Two stagehands were carrying a box-truss with pre-mounted lekos across the stage. One of them suddenly recognized the tune, and in his shock dropped his end of the truss.

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