Roger Miller, “England Swings” (Oh Boy Classics presents Roger Miller, 2000)
I just borrowed a copy of the Roger Miller Oh Boy Classics greatest hits CD that Robert Christgau recommended back in 2001, and listened to Miller’s “England Swings” for the first time. The hook is “England swings like a pendulum do.” Which is a strange phrase, one that would stick out if you heard it or read it somewhere. For example, if you read it in Christgau’s review of the compilation Billboard Top Hits—1984, where he closes with the line “England swinging like a pendulum do.” Now I’m pretty good at picking up on his references, but I totally missed this one. A Roger Miller reference in a review for a CD that includes Wham! and “Karma Chameleon”? Hey, why not?
Déjà Vu, a blog at Lapham’s Quarterly, connects recent news with similar stories culled from history. Check out their post comparing Rihanna risque video shoot in Ireland to 5th century Roman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus’s nude farming regimen. If Cincinnatus was later tapped to fill in as the dictator of Rome, what could be next for Rihanna?
I just opened a Tumblr account! I had a blog here, and a Twitter account here. I’m also on Facebook here. I don’t keep up the blog, nor do I tweet so much anymore. But maybe I’ll use Tumblr. We’ll see how it goes.