Official Nominations: Call Me Irresponsible from Papa’s Delicate Condition – Music by Jimmy Van Heusen; Lyric by Sammy Cahn. So Little Time from 55 Days at Peking – Music by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyric by Paul Francis Webster. Charade from Charade – Music by Henry Mancini; Lyric by Johnny Mercer. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World from It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World – Music by Ernest Gold; Lyric by Mack David. More from Mondo cane – Music by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero; Lyric by Norman Newell
My Winner: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
Call Me Irresponsible has the usual blood-smooth vocals and whining violins that I cannot abide, the lyrics are fine but hardly impressive, and the song idles along like a dead rat in a sewer. For So Little Time see my previous comment, although imagine the rat spinning a few times. For Charade see previous comment again, but imagine the rat weraing a beret, for More imagine the rat suddenly jerking awake inspirationally and making the other sewer creatures smile, whilst for Mad Mad World imagine the rat doing summersaults and racially stereotypical impressions of non-Americans. Aaah, the 60s.
My Nominations: The Sword In The Stone. Summer Holiday
For Sword In The Stone we have the bizzare Mad Madame Mim, while for Summer Holiday we have Summer Holiday, a cheery song which evokes images of childhood trips to the beach, swimming in the sea, throwing jellyfish and younger kids, and running away from dancing, racist rats.
My Winner: Summer Holiday
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