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Liza Minnelli, “Losing My Mind”

Back in 1989, Liza Minnelli recorded an album with the Pet Shop Boys called Results. I had seen Cabaret and Arthur on TV, and my mom would sometimes recite the Garland-Minnelli-Luft genealogy, but I wasn’t a Liza Minnelli fan or listener. I was pretty religious about the Pet Shop Boys, though, at the level of buying anything they were associated with, so I bought Results, and it was pretty good, a little show-tuney but fun. The album was approached by the culture—and, by extension, me—as something not quite serious. The joke was, “Look! A hip crossover post-new-wave duo resurrects the career of a hopelessly old fossil parents like.”

I was thinking of this record the other day after reading the reviews of Sex and the City 2, which described a musical number in the film where Liza performs “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” at a gay wedding. This is also a joke: “Look! A hopelessly old fossil with a checkered marital history performs a massively popular Beyoncé song young people like.” Alarm bells went off in my head, and I went to Wikipedia and did some quick math, which revealed that the joke has turned its serpent-head in my direction. Back in 1989, the first time I thought Liza was a hopelessly old fossil, she was only 43, a year older than I am. Soon I shall wear my trousers rolled. Meanwhile, poor Liza can’t catch a break, then or now.

Written by peterterzian

June 8, 2010 at 11:31 am


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