Bette MidlerBathhouse Betty
1998: Warner Bros 9362-47078-2
When this album came out I was (briefly) living in Paris, trying to get some kind of work arrangement and sustain my stay there, and I bought the CD to cheer myself up one day when things were really getting me down. Its a very mixed bag some of its truly schlocky (#10 and #11 are two virtually interchangeable smarm-radio-ready songs fighting with #3 for the Worst Track crown), but its not just the comedy songs that she does shine in despite what this would have you think. Her cover of Boxing is very moving, and Ukulele Lady is surprisingly straight, with its inherent humorous cuteness being allowed to deliver the song; Big Socks is good but feels like it could have been better, and both Im Beautiful and Im Hip work well.
However, I would have thought her cover of One Monkey Dont Stop No Show was O.K. if I didnt happen to have Big Maybelle Smiths The Complete OKeh Sessions CD in my collection, on which she does that song exactly as Bette does here. Honestly, Bettesuch plagiarism, from you? Youre far too original yourself for that !
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.