Christmas Stories: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is officially my favorite Christmas song. It’s also the one standard that’s been in my life the shortest period of time. Somehow, I have no recollection of this song before hearing Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell sing it in 2003’s Elf. I was instantly hooked and not just because of my (at that time) newfound lady crush Ms. Deshanel. I did a little research (ie typed the song’s title in over at Wikipedia) and found out the song was written by a guy named Frank Loesser back in 1944 to sing with his wife at holiday parties. He eventually sold it to MGM and they used it in a 1949 movie I’ve never heard of called Neptune’s Daughter. Since then tons and tons of people have taken a crack at singing this duet. I did some searching on YouTube and here are a few of my favorite renditions.

Zooey & Will in Elf.

Rainn Wilson & Selma Blair switch gender roles in this Gap video from 2008 that I don’t remember.

Ha, looks like the whole gender switch thing was done first in Neptune’s Daughter in this clip starring Red Skelton & Esther Williams.

Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews. This video is weird, like something out of Twin Peaks.

Lady Antebellum last year on Today. Skip to about 1:25 for the actual song.

This one’s only audio and pictures, but you can’t go wrong with Dean Martin & Martina McBride.

Rudolf Nureyev & Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show (again, switching the parts) in the steam room.

There was also a version on SNL back in ’86 sung by Sigourney Weaver and Buster Poindexter that I’d like to see. Well, I’m off to dinner, have a good one!

Gap Holiday Commercial Leaves Me Feeling Conflicted

I spend a lot of time in front of a TV these days. Working from home/being unemployed will do that to you. I should be going places and putting this laptop to good use or maybe listening to music instead, but TV is my drug and I’m mainlining. As it is, I’ve seen the above Gap holiday commercial probably a hundred times since it started appearing on my TV like a wraith. But like I said I’m conflicted. Aside from the fact that the jingle is annoying as all get out, it seems kind of ridiculous to try and deconstruct holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa (“We’ll do what just feels right”). I understand the sentiment behind it, but don’t we do “what just feels right” every other day? These holidays are some of the only traditions that a lot of people still hold. But more than that, it’s REALLY ANNOYING. On the other hand I do like dancing and I’m pretty sure the girl that tries to surf the guy at the very end did hurt herself when she fell, so that’s a plus.

Ad It Up: Gap Kid

I can’t be the only person who hated this kid, right? He was on the back of EVERY comic for months (like this one from 1998’s Major Bummer #11). I wonder if these ubiquitous back cover ads actually helped or hurt the products/brands they were trying to sell. I was already anti-Gap at this point (I was 15 and liked Led Zeppelin after all), but I’m pretty sure I was even less interested in Gap after seeing this kid over and over and over and over.