Lucifer's Valet


Posted in Culture Vulturing by lucifersvalet on 24 November 2009

Dept. of This Morning on KBRD.

KBRD is one of the local treasures, a low power, unaffiliated, not-for-profit station out of Olympia. They do everything from hot jazz of the 20’s to easy listening of the 70’s. Stuff you’ll not hear anywhere else. Terrestrial radio may be dying, but they also have a strong internet presence (in fact, through the air they only go during daylight hours, but on the wire you can get them 24/7).

This morning they’ve got Charlie Palloy doing “42nd Street.” I thought I knew that song pretty well, from the oft clipped Busby Berkeley production of the number, but a couplet surprised me. In describing those beautiful Manhattanites, the song says,

They’re side by side,

They’re glorified.

“Glorified” sounds like from a different register, like from an evangelical hymn or something. Something like this?

I’m a sucker for goofy, I’m a sucker for the 80’s, I’m insufficiently wary of the cultural borrowings, but I still dig the KLF.


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