Friday, May 21st, 2010
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Liza Minnelli, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"


As previously threatened, here is Liza Minnelli's interpretation of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," which was put together for the Sex And The City sequel. I… I just don't know if it's camp, or meant to not really be listened to outside of the context of whatever scene it's in, or just the end product of a lot of really bad decisions by people drunk with consumerism-driven power. But I will say this: One of the thoughts I had while listening to it was, "Hmm, so, is this better or worse than the Chipettes' version?" I still can't decide the answer to that one, especially with the way the bridge sorta collapses! [Via]

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libmas (#231)

You don't know if Liza Minnelli is camp? Am I missing something?

Have you listened to the song itself yet? It PLODS. Unless that's part of the joke!

deepomega (#1,720)

It has all the energy of a Catholic hymn.

libmas (#231)

I have. It does plod. But not on purpose. I sense determined effort. And horns! It's gotta be camp.

Oh, and nice dig, deepomega.

libmas (#231)

I guess I'm thinking the "enjoyment" of it has to be camp. The thing that led to its release. The making of it seems sincere.

Matt Langer (#2,467)

This actually all makes complete sense if you imagine her singing it to Buster Bluth all while doing Beyoncé's double-jointed hip dance and staggering around with vertigo.

deepomega (#1,720)

I don't know what to say to this. This can't be serious?

deepomega (#1,720)

The song, I mean. Your comment highlights it exactly: This is a sitcom moment!

scroll_lock (#4,122)

@langer: Staggering around with vertigo as opposed to staggering around under the weight of those false eyelashes and 30 script meds?

See, her Lucille 2 role forgives a lot of sins in my eyes. But good God that's exactly what it's gonna look like, isn't it?

I mean, no part of me believes that there's anything about this movie that's NOT absolute camp. But it's all just so terrible, isn't it?

riggssm (#760)

Collapses? What an understatement.

The key changes made it worse!

zidaane (#373)

put a diaper on it.

Yawn (#4,506)

Well, that depends…

HiredGoons (#603)

Some people were meant to ONLY sing Showtunes.

Better than the Chipettes, but not as good as the one with the lady wearing the scary murder clown mask who smashes her face on the TV.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Single Beards (Pop a Pill In It)

sox (#652)

Or maybe they were all drinking Smirnoff Ice (but not because they were Iced, because that is what they keep on set instead of water?)

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Next she'll cover Pink's "So What" followed by accompanying video mit David Gest.

chrisafer (#1,322)

Now I know what David Gest felt like when she beat him.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

@chris: Instead of seeing stars, he saw dollar signs.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

It's like the Ethel Merman disco album had a baby with Kidz Bop.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

That just makes me want to hear an entire "Liza sings Beyonce!" album. I imagine her take on Survivor would be magnificent.

Rod T (#33)

One would have to be very angry at the Internet to post this.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Moldfinger.

La Cieca (#1,110)

I suppose there is the possibility that the scene in the movie is supposed to be a depiction of awful performance, e.g., Liza gets corralled into some kind of cheezy Abu Dhabi club gig. Or it may be that there are only quick glimpses of the number with dialogue mixed over it, or for that matter there may be a different mix of the song used in the actual film. (Liza's voice sounded not very present in this mix, which suggests it's some kind of working track.)

La Minnelli may have seen some hard knocks in her time but in general she finds a way to in on the joke, for example the Lucille Austero "vertigo" gags. For a personality to be camp, she needs to be unaware that she's funny. My guess is that Liza recognizes how silly this routine is and is playing along. (What worries me is that the whole gag is "Liza sings Beyonce" and nothing more, which is pretty low comedy.)

You really think there's no such thing as "intentional camp"?

La Cieca (#1,110)

I'm with Sontag on this one: camp is all in the eye of the beholder. The performance itself has be be sincere and ambitious; that is, the performer has to think she is creating great art. The Schadenfreude part of camp is in having the taste and discernment to see the failure, and then follows the paradoxical love for the performer. A camp performer who actually gives a good performance (say, Garbo in Camille) is actually a bit of a letdown.

What you call "intentional camp" I call "campiness" which is a type of irony; in other words, the performer is in on the joke with the observer. A campy performance is thus an informed commentary on a true camp performance. (Say, Charles Ludlam in Camille.)

Okay! That was very thoughtfully put, so I think I get it? But in any case, I definitely agree that Ms. Minnelli is in on the joke.

HiredGoons (#603)

I think this just un-gay'd me.

riggssm (#760)

*call me

KarenUhOh (#19)

I think of Bert Parks in The Freshman. Then I think of the komodo dragon in The Freshman. Then I think of Liza Minnelli.

Pop Socket (#187)

A couple of months ago I saw Ani DiFranco's opening act Erin McKeown do this song fully folkified. 'Single Ladies' is the song of a generation.

Trilby (#3,897)

Aw… I know Liza can sing. I wanted to see her do the dance.

You know what's really fun? Watch the video of Single Ladies with the song muted. Hilarious!

Tom Keegan (#5,104)

When Liza had her David Gest produced "comeback" concert at the Beacon in NYC, she sang- wait, BUTCHERED- Mary J. Blige's FAMILY AFFAIR. This is the natural progression for her- except now it's committed to film! Yikes!!!

Andrew Gauthier (#3,713)

Well, A.O. Scott has weighed in:
"Her version is in no way superior to the one in 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,' and it is somehow both the high point of 'Sex and the City 2' and a grim harbinger of what is to come."
http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/movies/27sex.html

Esther Mofet (#5,943)

This is a computer-aided song & dance, folks. Liza cannot move like that anyore. Saw her recently on TV and she was shaking like a leaf and couldn't even stand up on her own. Growing old sucks. She looks great but should stop smoking. Seriously though, I am having a hard time believing that song and dance is for real. Special effects in S&TC2? Yep.

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