“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Bad Hair Day
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I was about five years old when the musical "Hair" came out, and though the lyrics were considered somewhat naughty for back then my parents let us listen to it. They were journalists, after all, and our household had a culture that embraced knowledge and fresh ideas, and censorship was obviously looked down upon. My brother read "The Godfather" in fifth grade. The first big adult novel I read was some book called "The Fly Girls," or something like that, which was the story of three horny female flight attendants and all the trouble they got into.

So ... when "Hair" came out in the late sixties -- I couldn't have been older than 5 at the time -- I played it loud and played it often, not really knowing what the lyrics said, but, hey, what catchy tunes, right? Evidently, there was one song's tune I liked better than the others, and I repeated a certain line over and over and over again, singing it in public, at random times. (Remember: family of journalists ... freedom of expression and all that.)

During this time we visited my grandmother in northern California. And at one point, I remember her turning around from the driver's seat and yelling at me, "Don't you know any other song?!" Well, I certainly did ... but at the time I liked this tune the best, so I continued to sing it again and again:

Can be fuuuuun.
Join the holy orgy.
Kama Sutra ...

Sorry, Grandma.


Blogger Kathy Grey said...

Ah, the formative years.

My ex's first pop song (and he's about 3 years older than you are) was "Red Roses for a Blue Lady." Could have been some foreshadowing there...

December 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I don't know that song. Who sings it?

December 15, 2008 at 9:10 AM  

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