What Arrrrr You Doing New Year’s Eve?
September 21, 2008, 4:20 am
Filed under: Rufus Wainwright, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Yessirree, it is still International Talk Like a Pirate Day here in the U. S.–about 9:40 as I write this in the Central Time Zone–so, to the many (ok, one) who were concerned as to how I would mark the occasion, there you have it.  Actually this works out perfectly, because I took my daughter to Lincoln Park Zoo today via public transportation and am far too exhausted to have anything of import to say.

Without much further ado, here is the famous Rufus Wainwright Gap commercial from 1998.  I can only show you the grainy YouTube version, but there is a nicer one on the All I Want DVD if you like it.  The song is “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?,”  written by Frank Loesser:

Funny, until I researched this post I never realized this commercial has consistently been given more credit for breaking Rufus and selling more copies of his debut album than radio play or any other bit of exposure.  Considering his debut album reportedly cost $700,000 to produce, I’m sure he needed the scratch.

If nothing else, the fact that the commercial boosted record sales underscores that you have to see Rufus to really appreciate him.  He always sounds great, but to watch the emotions washing over his face as he feels the music has been known to produce a chemical-free contact high.  I hesitate to call this intoxicating sensation “safe,” only because it has in fact produced a drain on my finances comparable only to that of Starbucks.

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Ahoy, ye lily-livered scallywag! Thorrrrrrrrrroughly enjoying your day-by-day, blow-by-blow documentation of all things Wainwright. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, and so on and so forth. 🙂 Melampus (Sorry, grog has affected capacity for insightful contribution.)

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