Baby It's Cold Outside...
One of my favourite Christmas songs - particularly at this stage, when it's too early for the proper anthems - is 'Baby it's Cold Outside'. Despite the slightly dubious theme (I wouldn't go as far as to call it a date rape anthem, but maybe it's a little creepy in parts) it's a great tune, with clever lyrics and always delivered with style. I realised however, that I didn't know where the song came from - I had an idea that Tom Jones had covered it once, but knew it must have dated back much earlier. Turns out it's from an old Hollywood musical called Neptune's Daughter. The film looks...bizarre - but the scene is great. I especially like the role reversal with the second couple!
(Neptune's Daughter, 1949)
I'm going to have to watch this at some point, but whether its any good or not, it's clear that 'Baby it's Cold Outside' is the film's lasting legacy. There have been loads of great covers and send-ups of the song over the years, but here are some of my favourites:
Michael Buble and Idina Menzel
Miss Piggy and
Rudolf Nureyev (famous Russian dancer)
Cameron and Lindsay
(The Glee Project)
Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell