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The Curse of Pachebel

The first time I heard Vitamin C’s Graduation (Friends Forever), I thought it had a catchy melody even tho it became increasingly inane. Today it’s being sung at school graduations all over the country including the middle school graduation that I attended this morning. It isn’t the lyrics that get to me but something in the melody that says “You’ve heard this over and over until you are completely numb.”

Nassib sends this YouTube link in which Rob Paravonian explains exactly why.

ALERT: N and O’s David Menconi would like us to know that he wrote about the Paravonian video on Friday December 22, 2006 on his blog On the Beat. Dave finds it mysterious that none of us read about it there. Dave, check the posting date — err, the weekend of Christmas and I wasn’t rushing to my computer to read your blog? I guess I’m a loser.


  1. A musician/writer/artist person I know via the internet sent me a DVD of a film she wrote and directed – there was a woman in it who looked really familiar, and it wasn’t until the movie was half over that I realized that it was Vitamin C. I had no idea she was a real person named Colleen!

  2. Paul

    6/8/2007 at 3:56 pm

    Not just a real person, but a punkette who never rejected her alt.roots. There is much to respect there. Including a part in Hairspray. The song tho unless viewed with some irony along with the ungodly sweetness of the sinister Pachebel hurts so bad.

  3. Oh my god – Vitamin C was the original Amber Von Tussle?! I am so impressed! I hope she has made real money off that song.

    (I am not impressed by the current Hairspray movie. 100% miscast, in my opinion)

  4. Paul

    6/10/2007 at 7:59 am

    I can’t imagine the new film after having see John Waters and his troop evolve from Multiple Maniacs and The Diane Linkletter Story. Hairspray without Divine! No No No!

  5. They could have at least cast Harvey Fierstein as the Divine role. But John Travolta in a fat suit and a dress is just grotesque.

  6. Paul

    6/10/2007 at 3:56 pm

    Travolta could just wear the same costume he wore in Battlefield Earth. That would be more convincing. But NO NO NO not in a Divine role!

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