Friday, October 7, 2011
Odds And Sods: Astrud Gilberto -You Didn't Have To Be So Nice (1967)
With the weekly "Odds and Sods" posts, we look at some of rock and pop's oddest songs.
In the same way fathers are biologically wired to have their testosterone levels drop by as much as 50% after babies arrive, mothers must be wired to believe their children are waaaay more talented than they really are.
From an album selected in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Astrud enlists her six year old son Marcello to help her sing the Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice". Even Toots Thielemans on harmonica can not save this from being one of the most uncomfortably saccharine recordings in music history. Let's just say I'm not expecting the servers to be overwhelmed by this post.
However the rest of the album makes fine dinner music and Marcello did eventually become the bass player in her band. God, I hope she didn't call him up to the mic to sing this duet when he was fully gown.