Post midnight Youtube filler: Mel Torme – Comin’ Home, Baby (Live on the Judy Garland Show, #13 January 1963)
MagEakaWebutante (5 months ago) 0 Reply
The women sound dead
I don’t think that those are drag queens, but I can’t be 100% sure.
I’d like to love Mel Torme, but I can’t. I think it’s because, with the possible exception of Michael McDonald, no greater voice in the history of music has been served by a shittier selection of songs than Velvet Foggy here. The man’s biggest hit was “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”, which, while being in the top 30% percentile of Xmas songs is still dire, and “Mountain Greenery”, which you have to download to remember. There’s a reason why easy listening heads like myself never shut up about Frank, Dean and Tony, and never mention this one here.
The voice though… anaesthetising would be the word. Numbing. That Great American Songbook crowd didn’t really go in for the fist pumping and sweatiness of the Las Vegas crooners which is a shame. But on “Comin’ Home, Baby” that works in his favour. Does he really sound that keen to get home? Or does he sound more like he’s offering the advice before being told to “pick up some milk from the shop on your way in”? The choreography here kills it as well, a man who appears to be 5’3″ starts off by wandering around some motorbikes clad with trannies, to whom he occasionally raises a hand to in a “one of these days…” fashion. Then he starts gyrating his waist and clicking his fingers like some Mike Myers screentest, before the trannies zombie walk around for a bit, then he rides off on a motorbike. Why this video isn’t a Youtube classic I have no fucking idea.