- "Careless Whisper" ".....guilty feet ain't got no rhythm"
- Liza with a zee!
- "Keep It Gay" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Me and Juliet."
About a dozen years ago, it was voted as the DataLounge official theme song.
- Touch me in the Morning isn't campy. Neither is Dionne Warwick.
Wham is just cheesy.
R2 and R3 got it...
- Keep It Gay
- High camp or low camp?
- Most Diana Ross is camp. So is Dionne Warwick at her most florid. OP checks out, R4.
Pet Shop Boys' "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" also qualifies.
- OP and R7 don't really know the meaning of the word.
What about "YMCA" or "In the Navy"?
- The Milkshake song from CSTM.
- "What about 'YMCA' or 'In the Navy'?"
No, those are just cheesy songs, good for sporting event crowdpleasers. We need a unified definition of 'camp', stat.
- "Downtown" by Mrs. Miller
- The definition of 'camp': "Deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect"
- According to R11's definition, nearly all the songs shared thus far are good examples.
- Camp is not necessarily deliberate, Mommie Dearest and Valley of the Dolls for starters...
- "Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks....(Goodbye Papa, it's hard to die..).
- "Lumber jack song" - Monty Python
"If I Had A Million Dollars" - The Barenaked Ladies
- Eartha Kitt - I Love Men
- Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep or maybe Tennessee Birdwalk
Purple People Eater in the top 5.
Daddy Don't you walk so fast, Run Joey Run too.
- R15 the original of Seasons in the Sun, Le Moribond by Jacques Brel, is a fast-paced, sarcastic and funny song. Terry Jacks took it from borderline campy to wallowing in tearful schmaltz campy, and for that he should hang his head in shame.
- Touch Me In The Morning is campy? Are you serious? Really, OP?
- Does this count?
"Tell Laura I Love Her" and
- [quote]Touch Me In The Morning is campy? Are you serious? Really, OP?
I agree. Some people just can't "get" camp. Really!
- I win!
- My honorable nominee:
I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper!!
- "There's Got to Be a Morning After" by Maureen McGovern
"I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene
"it's All coming Back to Me Now" by Celine Dion
- [quote]Touch Me In The Morning is campy? Are you serious? Really, OP?
Thank you! Neither is Dionne Warwick nor Pet Shop Boys and Dusty.
Losing My Mind by the Pet Shop Boys and Liza is closer to camp than What Have I Done to Deserve This?
- "Touch Me In The Morning" is camp as fuck. Those lyrics are overwrought and hilarious.
- That was embarrassing to watch R25. Apparently it went Gold in the UK.
- If you're asking someone to touch you and then just walk away, then you are being 'exaggerated and theatrical'. Hence, that song is camp. I'm surprised that some older folk can't recognize that.
- I've never been to me. Duh.
- "Bang Bang", whether of the Cher or Dalida variety.
- Can you really top this?
- Teach Me, Tiger
- Or this?
- "The Crying Game" had a long life before Boy George, Boy OP.
Camp is played for straight. It is a mind fuck.
Campy is easier to achieve. Cheap and easy appeal, sometimes on purpose. Over emotive and over the top.
- R4 speaks truth.
"Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" is camp.
"Material Girl" is an homage to camp.
"Vogue" is campy.
- Everyone knows that, dear/R37. Did I ever say that it didn't? Please learn to read.
- R4 = R39.
- Fail, R42.
PS, Liza is camp by definition.
- Here's one: "Fire and Desire" sung by Rick James & Teena Marie. I can't think of a song more over-the-top than this one. It simply must be heard to be believed.
- Witty riposte, R43. Clearly, you are the arbiter of all cultural concepts - we should trust your definition over all others.
- Fancy wins this thread... "I mighta been born just plain white trash, but Fancy was my name!"
- r21, that is fucking brilliant. I like to imagine Melissa M. had no idea what was going on around her as she sang the shit out of that shit.
- Do you think Rosemary sang `Keep it gay` as a lullaby to George when he was little?
- 'I Who Have Nothing' - Shirley Bassey: camp.
'Tiptoe Through The Tulips' - Tiny Tim: campy.
- Miss Ross' real campy classic is "Last Time I Saw Him"
- "Wildfire" by Michael Martin Murphy
- That's a good one, R51. So is "I Who Have Nothing".
- How about "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence?
- "What Makes A Man A Man?" I think this version out-camps Charles Aznavour or Marc Almond.
- Miss Dorothy Squires singing "My Way"
- "It's Good To Be The King", by Mel "First White Rapper" (seriously) Brooks?
- Here's my entry:
- [italic]MacArthur's park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it 'cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again, oh, no[/italic]
How did they write this with a straight face?
- "Muscles" by Michael Jackson, performed by Diana Ross.
- This counts
r61 wins. Camp, Campy and tragic all at once.
- I think your list misses the point of "campy," OP.
- Yo mama don't wear no " draws", I saw her when she pulled 'em off.
- "Don't Cry Out Loud Just Keep It Inside And Learn How To Hide Your Feelings" by Missy Manchester
- Shaddupa Yo Face by Joe Dolce. The Purple People Eater, They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha, Ahab the Arab, Monster Mash, Alley Oop, On Top of Spaghetti, My Ding a Ling, The Streak, King Tut, Telephone Man. There are TONS of camp classix!
- "Let It Please Be Him Oh Dear God It Must Be Him It Must Be Him Or I Shall Die", "If That's All There Is My Friend Then Let's Keep Dancing"
- "This Is My Life" by Shirley Bassey. A favorite of drag queens of a certain age. Gloria Klein, Miami's "Cuban Firecracker," used to do it as her pageant talent, surrounded by glamorously gowned mannequins.
I can't get the dazzling clip from the movie "To Be or Not To Be", but this performance is almost as good.
Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, "Sweet Georgie Brown." In Polish. High class camp, they are a joy to watch.
- Camp or just awful?
- This will now be stuck in my head all day. And I'm okay with that.
- What? No Push, Push, In the Bush?
- I've never been to me.
- Bingo, R74. That one is tough to beat.
- Ma Baker
- Some Enchanted Eve-ening.....
- "I want my undulating undies with the marabou frills"
- R44, the 2004 BET rendition of Fire & Desire, with a drunk, bloated James and an equally drunk, wobbly-voiced Teena busting out of her too-tight red dress is definitely a campfest, Lawd. They sound like Cephus and Reesie from In Living Color:
- I have been called verbose and a troll by the attention-span-deficit hags here, so I shall not say anything except that - in terms of MY music, the OP wouldn't know camp if she was sitting in the "special kids" cabin waiting for the smores to be finished on the fire.
What a dull gig. Thank GOD I am back on the reservation calling BINGO and collecting those free drinks this summer. And the rain on the tin roof is bothering me nearly as much as it did until I switched prescriptions.
- Ann-Margret's foray into disco, "Midnight Message"
Love how she grinds out those lyrics.
- Mass Text by Tay Allyn
- Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara
- It amazed me to learn that Diana Ross insisted on the studio being ice cold and the window covered by a sheet so that she could give her all to the recording of Touch Me In The Morning. She scheduled a dawn recording session that she attended in her night clothes. Diana doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves as an artist.
- The 'Miss Warwick' shtick is tired, R80. You just made a new enemy.
- All the songs that don't fit the definition have been chosen by the e*dergays. When will they finally die in their tiny NYC hovels?