Yesterday I wrote about the song “Don’t Fence Me In,” performed by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. I heard it on a CD while driving to Door County with my in-laws and it was so catchy that it stayed in my head for days–a true earworm.
The songs from that period strike me as fun, but ever so campy and goofy. That’s probably the nature of the beast when it comes to each generation’s taste in popular music. Each generation may have a tendency to look at the taste of the previous one with a mixture of mild condescension, bemusement, and pity.
But I came across the following updated version of “Don’t Fence Me In” that was used in the 1999 movie called “The Bachelor”–a romantic comedy about a commitment-phobic man who has to get married as a condition of receiving a huge inheritance. This new version of the song does have a touch of the “wink-wink” to it–but man, is it fun. It’s an example of one generation appropriating another generation’s soundtrack…and running with it! See if you agree: