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!

News Of The Day: New She & Him Record March 23rd

Not every day will have enough links to fill a Casting Internets post, so I figured I’d dust off News Of The Day as a regular post. Today’s News Of The Day news is that She & Him will be releasing their second album Volume 2 on March 23rd (thanks to THR for the info). She & Him is a folksy duo made up of my super crush actress Zooey Deschanel and singer guy M. Ward. Their first record came out a couple years back and I really dug it, but I had fallen for Deschanel’s voice years earlier when she was in Elf and sang “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” She & Him’s Volume 1 has a bare bones feel to it that really accentuates Deschanel’s vocals. The results are mixed in my mind. If some of these songs were sung the exact same way by a singer I didn’t already like, I’m not sure if I would like them, but since it’s her, I’m in.

Here’s the track list for the new record. Most of the songs are originals written by Deschanel with the covers noted.

“In the Sun”
“Don’t Look Back”
“Ridin’ In My Car” originally by NRBQ
“Lingering Still”
“Me and You”
“Gonna Get Along With You” originally by Skeeter Davis
“I’m Gonna Make It Better”
“Over It Over Again”
“Brand New Shoes”
“If You Can’t Sleep”

I’m not familiar with either of the covers, but, like I said, I’m excited for the album.