Posted Aug 15 2014
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Song Of The Week 1 - Robin Williams - I Yam What I Yam

We’re breaking with tradition – not just one Song Of The Week this week (as the title implies) but 3 – count ‘em – 3!

All by that singing sensation – Robin Williams.

We’re not going to go on as so much has already been said about the incredibly sad passing of this incredible man this week – so just take time to pause and remember.

This first choice is from Robert Altman’s Popeye, which was described in this week’s obits as both “a box office hit” and “a flop” (don’t you just love research?)

What is was was a genuine attempt to make a movie that followed the visual laws of a cartoon. It wasn’t appreciated in its day, has been re-evaluated subsequently but, truth be told – it’s not Altman’s best. Or indeed anyone’s. But Williams was a perfect Popeye.

Legend has it Altman had three people in line to write the songs for the movie – John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Harry Nilsson. No offence to Nilsson – but wouldn’t you have loved to have heard John Lennon’s Popeye?

Still, this is what it is.

 

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