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Campiest Song Ever

What is the campiest song ever? I nominate the following: Diana Ross's "Touch Me In The Morning", Mary MacGregor's "Torn Between Two Lovers", Dionne Warwick's "I'll Never Love This Way Again", and Charlene's "I've Never Been To Me". Modern nominations include Right Said Fred's "Don't Talk, Just Kiss" and Boy George's "The Crying Game".

by Twentysomethingreply 8608/04/2013

"Careless Whisper" ".....guilty feet ain't got no rhythm"

by Twentysomethingreply 107/25/2013

Liza with a zee!

by Twentysomethingreply 207/25/2013

"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.

by Twentysomethingreply 307/25/2013

Touch me in the Morning isn't campy. Neither is Dionne Warwick.

Wham is just cheesy.

R2 and R3 got it...

by Twentysomethingreply 407/25/2013

Keep It Gay

by Twentysomethingreply 507/25/2013

High camp or low camp?

by Twentysomethingreply 607/25/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 707/25/2013

OP and R7 don't really know the meaning of the word.

What about "YMCA" or "In the Navy"?

by Twentysomethingreply 807/25/2013

The Milkshake song from CSTM.

by Twentysomethingreply 907/25/2013

"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.

by Twentysomethingreply 1007/25/2013

"Downtown" by Mrs. Miller

by Twentysomethingreply 1107/25/2013

The definition of 'camp': "Deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect"

by Twentysomethingreply 1207/25/2013

According to R11's definition, nearly all the songs shared thus far are good examples.

by Twentysomethingreply 1307/25/2013

Camp is not necessarily deliberate, Mommie Dearest and Valley of the Dolls for starters...

by Twentysomethingreply 1407/25/2013

"Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks....(Goodbye Papa, it's hard to die..).

by Twentysomethingreply 1507/25/2013

"Lumber jack song" - Monty Python "If I Had A Million Dollars" - The Barenaked Ladies

by Twentysomethingreply 1607/25/2013

Eartha Kitt - I Love Men

by Twentysomethingreply 1707/25/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 1807/25/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 1907/25/2013

Touch Me In The Morning is campy? Are you serious? Really, OP?

by Twentysomethingreply 2007/25/2013

Does this count?

by Twentysomethingreply 2107/25/2013

Tie:

"Tell Laura I Love Her" and

"Teen Angel."

by Twentysomethingreply 2207/25/2013

[quote]Touch Me In The Morning is campy? Are you serious? Really, OP?

I agree. Some people just can't "get" camp. Really!

by Twentysomethingreply 2307/25/2013

I win!

by Twentysomethingreply 2407/25/2013

My honorable nominee:

I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper!!

by Twentysomethingreply 2507/25/2013

"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

by Twentysomethingreply 2607/25/2013

[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?

by Twentysomethingreply 2707/25/2013

this

by Twentysomethingreply 2807/25/2013

"Touch Me In The Morning" is camp as fuck. Those lyrics are overwrought and hilarious.

by Twentysomethingreply 2907/25/2013

That was embarrassing to watch R25. Apparently it went Gold in the UK.

by Twentysomethingreply 3007/25/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 3107/25/2013

I've never been to me. Duh.

by Twentysomethingreply 3207/25/2013

"Bang Bang", whether of the Cher or Dalida variety.

by Twentysomethingreply 3307/25/2013

Can you really top this?

by Twentysomethingreply 3407/25/2013

Teach Me, Tiger

by Twentysomethingreply 3507/25/2013

Or this?

by Twentysomethingreply 3607/25/2013

"The Crying Game" had a long life before Boy George, Boy OP.

by Twentysomethingreply 3707/25/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 3807/25/2013

R4 speaks truth.

by Twentysomethingreply 3907/25/2013

"Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" is camp.

"Material Girl" is an homage to camp.

"Vogue" is campy.

by Twentysomethingreply 4007/25/2013

Everyone knows that, dear/R37. Did I ever say that it didn't? Please learn to read.

by Twentysomethingreply 4107/25/2013

R4 = R39.

by Twentysomethingreply 4207/25/2013

Fail, R42.

PS, Liza is camp by definition.

by Twentysomethingreply 4307/25/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 4407/25/2013

Witty riposte, R43. Clearly, you are the arbiter of all cultural concepts - we should trust your definition over all others.

by Twentysomethingreply 4507/25/2013

Fancy wins this thread... "I mighta been born just plain white trash, but Fancy was my name!"

by Twentysomethingreply 4607/26/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 4707/26/2013

Do you think Rosemary sang `Keep it gay` as a lullaby to George when he was little?

by Twentysomethingreply 4807/26/2013

'I Who Have Nothing' - Shirley Bassey: camp.

'Tiptoe Through The Tulips' - Tiny Tim: campy.

by Twentysomethingreply 4907/26/2013

Miss Ross' real campy classic is "Last Time I Saw Him"

by Twentysomethingreply 5007/26/2013

"Wildfire" by Michael Martin Murphy

by Twentysomethingreply 5107/26/2013

That's a good one, R51. So is "I Who Have Nothing".

by Twentysomethingreply 5207/26/2013

How about "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence?

by Twentysomethingreply 5307/26/2013

"What Makes A Man A Man?" I think this version out-camps Charles Aznavour or Marc Almond.

by Twentysomethingreply 5407/26/2013

Miss Dorothy Squires singing "My Way"

by Twentysomethingreply 5507/26/2013

"It's Good To Be The King", by Mel "First White Rapper" (seriously) Brooks?

by Twentysomethingreply 5607/26/2013

Here's my entry:

by Twentysomethingreply 5707/26/2013

[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?

by Twentysomethingreply 5807/27/2013

"Muscles" by Michael Jackson, performed by Diana Ross.

by Twentysomethingreply 5907/27/2013

:

by Twentysomethingreply 6007/27/2013

This counts

by Twentysomethingreply 6107/27/2013

r61 wins. Camp, Campy and tragic all at once.

by Twentysomethingreply 6207/29/2013

This

by Twentysomethingreply 6307/29/2013

I think your list misses the point of "campy," OP.

by Twentysomethingreply 6407/29/2013

Yo mama don't wear no " draws", I saw her when she pulled 'em off.

by Twentysomethingreply 6507/29/2013

"Don't Cry Out Loud Just Keep It Inside And Learn How To Hide Your Feelings" by Missy Manchester

by Twentysomethingreply 6607/29/2013

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!

by Twentysomethingreply 6707/29/2013

"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"

by Twentysomethingreply 6807/29/2013

"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.

by Twentysomethingreply 6907/29/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 7007/29/2013

Camp or just awful?

by Twentysomethingreply 7107/29/2013

This will now be stuck in my head all day. And I'm okay with that.

by Twentysomethingreply 7207/29/2013

What? No Push, Push, In the Bush?

by Twentysomethingreply 7307/29/2013

I've never been to me.

by Twentysomethingreply 7407/29/2013

Bingo, R74. That one is tough to beat.

by Twentysomethingreply 7507/29/2013

Ma Baker

by Twentysomethingreply 7607/29/2013

Some Enchanted Eve-ening.....

by Twentysomethingreply 7707/29/2013

"I want my undulating undies with the marabou frills"

by Twentysomethingreply 7807/29/2013

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:

by Twentysomethingreply 7907/29/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 8007/31/2013

Ann-Margret's foray into disco, "Midnight Message"

Love how she grinds out those lyrics.

by Twentysomethingreply 8107/31/2013

Mass Text by Tay Allyn

by Twentysomethingreply 8208/02/2013

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara

by Twentysomethingreply 8308/02/2013

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.

by Twentysomethingreply 8408/04/2013

The 'Miss Warwick' shtick is tired, R80. You just made a new enemy.

by Twentysomethingreply 8508/04/2013

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?

by Twentysomethingreply 8608/04/2013
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