Rocky Horror Glee Show

There are some things that I’ll never understand.

I don’t get the fascination people have with reality television and celebretards. Nor do I get why there have been seventy-six editions of the Now That’s What I Call Music series to date, with no sign of stopping.

I also don’t understand how the CD releases from Glee have sold over five million copies so far, presumably to the same people who watch the show religiously. They’re simply collections of cover songs, organized by theme or artist, marketed to the same people who watch the show and buy the DVDs. (And Gleeks, you know that you are buying the DVDs and all the CDs.) Television hasn’t sold music this well since The Monkees.

The songs are well produced and arranged, of course, and the vocals are usually very good but (1) they’re usually straightforward covers, not reinvented arrangements and (2) the thrust of the show is the melodramatic, over-the-top theatrical production surrounding it. You’re not capturing that on an audio CD.

But I soon might have to make an exception.

 In October, Glee will broadcast a Rocky Horror Show episode. After wading through terrible rap tunes, Lady GaGa drivel, overblown Journey crap and an entire episode of Madonna dreck (saved only by the brilliant Jane Lynch performing “Vogue“), I’m thrilled that the majestic, fantastic Richard O’Brien opus will get its due. Hell, thirty five years later it’s still an iconic classic whose songs never fail to get me going…high praise after dozens of post-midnight screenings with props and audience participation.

The full track listing for  ”Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show” is as follows:

  1. Science Fiction Double Feature
  2. Damn It, Janet
  3. Whatever Happened To Saturday Night?
  4. Sweet Transvestite
  5. Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me
  6. There’s A Light (Over at Frankenstein Place)
  7. Time Warp

Glee has had three consecutive number one album releases and I suspect this will be their fourth. Hell, I might even have to break down myself and grab one.

I think my cat is reading my diary.

Meantime, tonight I will survive an onslaught of Britney Spears horse shit just for the ability to see the incredible Heather Morris (who plays Brittany, the dimmest bulb on television) get her turn in the spotlight. That should hold me over until Neil Patrick Harris returns for another guest spot.

Admittedly, my initial enthusiasm for the show has waned, but Lynch and Morris are consistently funny and the dynamic between gay Kurt and his dad (Mike O’Malley in a flawless performance) is some of the best work on TV, period.

And please…can Tim Curry make an appearance on October 26th?

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Rocky Horror Glee Show

  1. Russ

    Is it April Fools already? An early Halloween trick? Please Doc, say it ain’t so…

    Not them, not my sweet transvestite.

  2. drbristol

    I see you shiver with antici…………………….pation.

  3. Being the curmudgeon that I am, I want to dislike this show, and whenever they’re singing, frankly, I usually do. But Jane Lynch makes me laugh out loud every time, Brittany has the most deadpan bizarre non-sequiturs I think I’ve ever heard and the more I watch it, the more I think it’s a very subversive parody of every teen flick/TV show ever created.

    But most of the musical numbers reference current top 40 hits I’ve never heard, and the ones that don’t dig deep, deep into the dreck pile. But if there were no singing, probably no one would be watching.

  4. drbristol

    I will eat the curmudgeon cookie on this as well – every time they feature an artist I can’t stand – and they usually do – I have to remember that I am well outside of their target demo.

    I like your take on it being a subversive parody, although the creator of the show did give us Nip/Tuck, which I hoped was going to be a subversive parody of every medical drama but turned out to be just…outlandish melodrama. I hope that’s not where this is going, but if so I always have Freaks and Geeks on DVD to save me.

  5. Gene Good

    Off subject , but where is the love for Arthur Penn? You said you were going to post something. I know there was another death to deal with. Just saw Ebert’s obituary and it’s nice.
    I am happy with whatever you decide to post. I happen to be a huge fan of “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Night Moves”.

  6. drbristol

    I decided to make Mr. Penn the subject of this week’s TGIF – tune in tomorrow.

    And as usual, it came in threes – Tony Curtis died as well.

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