Songs Of The Day 6/11/2016: Four Twisting Songs
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As much as some tried to prevent it from happening, there were multiple knock-offs that cashed in on the Twist's establishment as a behavioral option. I've collected three of them in the above YouTube playlist, plus a fourth that came much, much later. Rod McKuen, the sensitive poet who was secretly bred in the novelty record business, allowed himself the obvious choice, co-writing and singing "Oliver Twist." Frank Sinatra, who once despised rock and roll as spoiled children's music, nonetheless figured out how to put some swing into "Everybody's Twistin'." The Fortune Tellers adapted the tumbleweeds-and-chew anthem "Home on the Range" so that people could do it in the sand. And finally, They Might Be Giants produced an actual song with a point, "Twistin'," for their classic Flood album.
Get going, dancers. And don't do the tango. That's the devil's music.