Monday, October 11, 2021

Song of the Day: 'King Tut' by Steve Martin


For me, King Tut was a particular highlight of my trip to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. I grew up with a Steve Martin-loving big brother who introduced me to all the cool stuff when I was a kid, so visiting the tomb felt like a blast from my ancient past. Damian, who is 10 years my junior, had never heard of the Tut mania that swept the U.S. in the late ‘70s -- who remembers when “Treasures of Tutankhamun” toured America to sellout crowds? -- including this classic single, which hit No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100  back in 1978.


Have you ever read something more Gen Y/Z than this critique of Martin’s novelty hit?!!! Tutankhamun wasn’t born in Arizona. He didn’t move to “Babylonia.” He wasn’t a honky. And he wasn’t buried with a donkey. So I am not sure how seriously anyone should be taking this ... plus how can you "appropriate" a culture that no longer exists? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜œ 


Steve said...

I do Kenneth.

Jack said...

Kids. Not happy unless they can whine about some imagined slight.

j said...

Our current idiot generation has no sense of humor and missed the point of satire. The song was inspired by the then current craze for the King Tut exhibition which was touring the US.